AN UNMISSABLE EXPERIENCE ‘THE SKY IS PINK’ OFFERS TRANQUILITY

Rating: 4/5
Director Shonali Bose scripts a sweet, endearing, and a heart warming piece that reminds you of how precious the life is

Welcome back Priyanka Chopra! The comeback couldn’t have been better. The Sky Is Pink is a tale of hope, love, emotions, togetherness, philosophies of life, and how little it takes to be happy. Hence, it’s a dangerous territory, especially in Hindi cinema. It may easily come across as preachy and shrugging off the responsibility nonchalantly. It is only here that you admire Bose for her pin-pointed direction that says what it has to- nothing less, nothing more- making you leave the theaters in complete satisfaction. In fact, this is one of those films that not only relaxes your nerves after a week long of exhaustion, but also imparts a message albeit with love and concern.

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PLOT

Based on a true story, the tale revolves around a couple Niren Chaudhary and Aditi (Farhan Akhtar and Priyanka Chopra) whose newborn girl child Aisha (Zaira Wasim) is diagnosed with Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID) and later Pulmonary Fibrosis causing them to spend a heavy amount of money for her treatment or else she wouldn’t survive. The story is told through Aisha’s perspective, at a time when she’s no more.

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STORY/SCREENPLAY/DIRECTION

The writing by Bose and Nilesh Maniyar is beautiful. It is like a novel that you refuse to put down and want to finish in one go. And mind you, even after finishing it, you wished there was more. The premise is primarily a love story told in a period of over two decades, but it packs in a lot more; all that makes sense in the larger scheme of things. It is not a story of only one such family. It makes you think of all those who would be in a similar situation.

Without going overboard or self-righteous in even one scene, it teaches you so much about life and more so, about the absolutely true notion of death- all while you have a smile on your face. ‘Aahh, I know this‘, you exclaim this many a times during the course, but ‘Indeed, I did neglect this‘, comes in your minds just after this. The film is a reminder for you on so many things, and becomes relevant in the age of social media where the distant ones get more important than the ones sitting beside you.

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On sets of the film (image source: deccanchronicle. com)

The biggest beauty of the film is its scenes. Little moments, plethora of emotions. The scenes are created with an amusing enthusiasm and the energy just feels right. You have smile on your lips or even a lump in you throat, but never a loud laugh or a burst of tears. This is where the film positions itself- not inclining towards extremes.

The dialogues by Maniyar and Juhi Chaturvedi are also gems saying much more than what actually seems. The pace of the film is rather slow, especially in the second half, making a section of audience sulk. The 149 mins film here seems too long. But the classic climax and the sequences post that definitely make you emotional and you might not also be able to hold your tears back.

The narrative form involving Aisha’s narration works wonders for the film. Give it up to Wasim for giving the required punch to the visuals even when she herself is not seen. The film is about a couple, family, parenting, struggling together, and coming out of it also together.

PERFORMANCE

Priyanka Chopra is fantastic. Not for a second do you feel that she’s in Bollywood after 3 years. She lives up to the character with finesse progressing gracefully as the film keeps leaping years. There are scenes that belong only to her where she touches your heart just by her expressions and no dialogues. First as a young girl in love, then a married woman to finally a mother of two grown-ups, she is out there like a boss lady. You love her in every scene.

Farhan Akhtar too adds up brilliantly to the shades of the film. Even he has layers, not only in his role physically, but also mentally and he matures with the gradual runtime of the film. He is that textbook father figure who does a lot for the family but never says anything.

Zaira Wasim is flawless, offering the much needed flair to the story, in terms of performance to her voice and even the screen presence. She brings a certain element of surprise every time she occupies the frame. Rohit Saraf is very good too, contributing well in a supporting act. He always remains in his protective borders as an actor and gives a definitive perspective.

Pay special attention to all the actors, for it is a very difficult film to act in, especially when it has a bundle of emotions of such diverse kinds. Hats off to even those who had probably blink-and-you-miss appearance.

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ON THE LEFT (clockwise from top) Ronnie Screwwala, Farhan Akhtar, Siddharth Roy Kapur, Zaira Wasim, Director Shonali Bose, and Priyanka Chopra (image source: indiatv.com)
OTHER TECHNICALITIES

Pritam’s music adds soul to this film. A big plus of the film are it’s songs, that not only constitute as breathers, but also give meaning and depth to the film. Keenly note how the songs are also written and conceptualized as they create an aura indirectly adding up to the strength of the film. Thumbs up to the album as a whole. Background score by Mikey McCleary suits the path of the film and effortlessly makes the film flow.

Cinematography by Kartik Vijay and Nick Cooke is very good, especially the lighting in certain shots. There are scenes which convey the story only through the frame setting and lighting, and you don’t even need the dialogues. The story is told through the lens for a major part portion, and it is indeed a masterstroke. Production design by Aradhana Seth lends able support to the camera making the frames look realistic and appealing. You are able to connect to the setup easily.

Editing by Manas Mittal is good where the film flows smoothly. Given the approach of the film, it’s the impeccable writing that doesn’t leave loopholes to be addressed. Having said that, it’s the near perfect editing that gives those heart-to-heart scenes an edge. The narrative structure of the film however has been made to suit the interest level of the audience.

The film is tailored for mature audience. Not that content is heavy or serious. But the notions that the film deals with requires you to watch them, gulp them, and absorb them sportingly. It is a rare film, in Hindi cinema per se, and must be watched for the charm it has. The film entertains you thoroughly and while doing so, teaches you something very important.

Rochak Saxena

Rochak Saxena a Mass Media Teacher, former journalist at DNA and an ardent lover of Hindi films - literally. The blog derives its name from the popular term ‘Willing Suspension of Disbelief’, most commonly used in the world of literature and cinema. Meaning to immerse yourself in an unreal world (where you know what you see on screen is fake) with a self-proclaimed/declared belief/wish to consider it real, the willing world becomes magical. It’s the same magic every Friday that drives Rochak to share things in the perspective that it needs to be observed with. Every film is different. And the difference needs to be cherished.

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