It has been 3 years, 6 months, 8 days, or 1287 days precisely since Indians got to see Priyanka Chopra Jonas (then just Chopra) portraying a character in Hindi films. Our Desi Girl has been in the videsh so long that we (at least me) yearned for her to speak Hindi on a bigger platform. I now think of her as a Hollywood personality because she has aced her presence in the west.
From red carpet appearances to the roles in Western series and films, she has unequivocally put India on the global map. Priyanka believes that people of color should be represented carefully as they swiftly get stereotyped, an example being Apu from The Simpsons. There are so many, but I will let it rest here.
Coming back to why I wanted to write this blog – The Sky Is Pink, which marks Priyanka’s first film after 3 years, after marriage, or however the media would like to narrow down her achievements. The trailer of the film was released yesterday, and it is incredible. As a matter of fact, it was trending at number 1 position on YouTube.
The Sky Is Pink is based on a motivational speaker named Aisha Chaudhary who died at the age of 18 from pulmonary fibrosis. Not your average girl. Knowing that you are going to die someday, isn’t exactly an easy emotion but she overcame her “bodily” failures and impressed the nation with her positive words that were then converted into a book ‘My Little Epiphanies.’
The movie is biographical but not specifically putting the spotlight on Aisha, which is played by the insanely talented Zaira Wasim. Touted be her last Hindi film (hopefully not), she narrates her story and often refers to her as the villain of her parents’ love story. Filmmaker Shonali Bose, who has helmed acclaimed projects like Amu, Chittagong, and Margarita with a Straw, shows the movie through the parents’ perspective. The elder child Ishaan, played by Rohit Suresh Saraf, shows emotions that we all could go through. Last seen in Hichki, the guy gets to show his skills.
The trailer shows the life of Aisha’s parents, portrayed by Priyanka Chopra Jonas as Aditi Chaudhary, and the multi-talented Farhan Akhtar as Niren Chaudhary. Audiences get to see their life throughout a span of 25 years, which is a cute little amalgamation of love, embarrassment, happiness, and tragedy. While everything is shown in bits and pieces, the tragedy part is highlighted quite a lot as it is something that takes a toll on the couple’s life.
The 3-minutes long trailer beautifully shows how a family holds their shit together even when the world around them is crumbling apart. Films like these better express the emotions of our fellow countrymen, which is often not discussed given the nature of the topic’s sensitivity or the taboo surrounding it. It is unimaginable to even think about losing a child at the prime of their life when so much is left to see of them. I feel that this movie has the potential to tap into the unimaginable emotions and make the viewers feel that losing a loved one will always be a dangling sword but going forward is the only way.
Apart from the presence of Priyanka, the other factor that gets me excited is that the film depicts every scene the way it actually happened, leaving no room for fiction. Often it happens that Indian movies make a mockery out of the real incident (Mission Mangal, to be exact) which makes a film fanatic question the ‘non-fiction’ tag.
The film will hit the theaters on October 11, 2019. These 30 days will be an excruciating time for me as I can’t wait to watch the ever-ravishing, the talent-house performer and the ethereal fashionista Priyanka Copra Jonas in a Hindi film (I won’t say Bollywood as it really doesn’t exist).