‘The Sky is Pink’ Review: An upbeat yet emotional and deeply affecting drama

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Directed by Shonali Bose, The Sky is Pink depicts the story of a girl who is born with a life-threatening illness and the toll it takes on her family. The film stars Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Farhan Akhtar, Zaira Wasim, Rohit Saraf in lead roles where they enact the real-life story of Aisha Chaudhary, her parents Aditi, Niren, and her brother Ishaan Chaudhary.

The film is told through the perspective of Aisha, with a film treatment where it manages to find humour and heart, even in the grimmest of situations. You could even go as far as calling it a dramedy. Within the first few minutes, Aisha through voice over, explains ‘’ … oh and by the way, I’m dead! Get over it’’. This dry humour runs throughout and in all the fragility that is her life, she finds ways to want to live it. So, does her extremely supportive parents and brother.

The eventuality of the story is known, but we are still thoroughly engaged due to the fantastic performances of the lead pair. We can say that the biggest strength of The Sky is Pink does lie in its performances. Farhan Akhtar depicts the role of a caring father with restraint and sensitivity. Priyanka Chopra Jonas in a career best performance after Barfi, renders the role of a mother with such earnestness and honesty that makes you wish she would come back and do more Bollywood movies. Also, credit is due for not taking the typical route of Bollywood movies and being overtly melodramatic. Many passages of the film are filled with sadness, but the tone is one of positivity. Everyone dies, but let’s celebrate the life we have, when we have it.  

All the technicians have done a commendable job, from direction, cinematography, art design, music, editing etc. When no aspect of the filmmaking craft sticks out badly and you are truly engrossed in the story and its characters, that is when you know all the technicians have done a good job.

However especially in the latter parts of the movie, the screenplay stretches and feels a little repetitive. It falls prey to the trap of montage storytelling, instead of exploring new ideas. For example, not once are we shown Aisha’s friends, apart from a crush. We are not shown how she handles school life with her illness. We also see a lack of doctors, and immediate family, that we would expect to see around more often with someone who is that critical. Nonetheless asides from a few faults, overall the film is rousing and an emotionally charged experience. 

When the credits fall, your heart is big, and many may have shed a tear or two during the film. Cinema is about evoking emotions, and the Sky is Pink achieves that. It’s a must watch!

Rating: [4/5 stars]

Review by Adarsh Kandy