In the words of George Bernard Shaw, ‘A happy family is but an earlier heaven.’
Ever watched a film and felt like you were flipping through the pages of a personal diary? ‘The Sky Is Pink’ is a love letter to a family that has lived, laughed and loved in between life and death. Told through the perspective of an ailing teenage daughter, ‘TSIP’ is a reflection on love and marriage being put through a wringer, time and again, and the eventual triumph of the indomitable human spirit.
Aditi (Priyanka Chopra Jonas) and Niren Chaudhary (Farhan Akhtar) or Moose and Panda as nicknamed by their daughter Aisha (Zaira Wasim), are skeptical about her life having lost their first-born daughter to SCID (Severe Combined Immune Deficiency), a rare genetic disorder that causes life-threatening problems with the immune system. In order to procure better treatment, the parents need to make hard decisions over parental responsibilities, lifestyles, medical and household expenses etc. The couple have an elder son Ishaan (Rohit Saraf), who feels neglected when his mother moves to London with Aisha, while his father stays behind to look after him. From here, the film moves on to tell the story about how Aisha lived with the condition till she developed pulmonary fibrosis (lung disease) as a teen. Despite, her illness, the film reflects how Aisha was able to live life to the fullest, pen her book ‘My Little Epiphanies’ and even become a motivational speaker, courtesy the unconditional love of her family.
Written by Shonali Bose and Nilesh Maniyar, the story of ‘TSIP’ is derived from the inspiring story of Aisha Chaudhary, who became an author, a day before her death. You can look out for her videos on YouTube. The screenplay occasionally switches between time frames so as to offer the experience of revisiting old family albums. The dialogues penned by Maniyar and Juhi Chaturvedi are high on sass and less on drama. Hence, you’re bound to chuckle and ponder in equal measure. Kartik Vijay and Nick Cooke’s cinematography gives us picturesque views of New Delhi and London. The bummer though is the editing by Manas Mittal. The length of the film does get worrisome.
But the arresting performances of the cast on board will make you overlook everything else. Returning to Hindi cinema after three years, Priyanka packs a solid punch as the selfless, determined mother who mostly forgets that she is also a wife. Farhan offers a lot of strength and grit to his part, playing the supportive husband and the attentive father, even though cynicism seems overwhelming. The chemistry between these two actors are easy on the eye. Watching them together, you can’t help but fathom that mere understanding and respect can help a lot in resolving marital conflict. It hurts to even think that Zaira has quit films considering how her portrayal of Aisha is spunky and mature. Can somebody please request her to reconsider her decision? Rohit, whom you might recollect as Alia’s brother in ‘Dear Zindagi’ is adorable and charming.
‘The Sky Is Pink’ is a definite watch with the family. Given the practical times that we live in, it lets you take a moment and be grateful at the thought of having loved ones around you.