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Soon after she is born, Aisha is diagnosed with SCID, a rare genetic disorder that is life threatening. Her parents, Aditi and Niren make it their life’s mission to do whatever it takes to make her survive for as long as possible. The narrative is about the Chaudhary family's zest for making every moment count, despite the trying times they go through.

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Aisha Chaudhary narrates the story of her parents Moose (her mother) and Panda (her father) from the afterlife. Aditi Chaudhary and Niren are a young couple who come from different backgrounds; Aditi is from a salubrious suburb in South Delhi whereas Niren is from a grounded middle-class family. The couple are in love and have "an active sex life", according to Aisha's narration. The couple get married and Aditi becomes pregnant with their first child Tanya Chaudhary, who dies within months of her birth due to the severe combined immunodeficiency condition. Baby Tanya was frequently ill and, while Aditi was convinced it was a serious issue, Niren dismissed it as trivial. Niren believed negligence was the reason Tanya could not be treated sooner and blamed himself for the death of his child. As Aditi mourned the death of her child, she was consoled by a Catholic nun and decided to be baptized.

Aditi and Niren have a second child named Ishaan. A few years later, Aditi bore their third child, a girl named Aisha. They later learn Aisha has the same medical condition as their first child and are heartbroken. After the doctors in Delhi give up on Aisha's treatment, the couple go to London where they learn the disease could be treated with a very costly bone marrow transplant. Niren starts working to earn the money while also asking for crowdfunding via a radio station. After several weeks, they learn several people have donated money for Aisha's treatment. The surgery is successful but Aisha is kept under doctor's watch. Aditi decides to stay in London while Niren returns to India with his family and his son Ishaan. Aditi grows overprotective of Aisha, cleaning the apartment and other items to keep Aisha away from any infection.

Ishaan starts missing his mother while Niren is always thinking about Aditi and Aisha. This also starts affecting Aditi and Niren's relationship as Aditi is always occupied with Aisha and taking care of her. Months go by and Niren goes to London and asks Aditi to move back to India so that their relationship is not affected. He reasons with Aditi on the grounds that Aisha had gotten better and occasional doctor's visit can be done in India as well. Aditi tells him that they have to live here for a very long time as per doctor's recommendation till Aisha's condition is cured. The whole family moves here permanently till Aisha is cured. Niren's career grows in London and he becomes rich and their family becomes affluent.

Several years later, Aisha has recovered from her illness, and Niren and Aditi decide to move back to India. They move to the outskirts of Delhi and buy a large, opulent bungalow. After a doctor's visit, Aisha is diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis, a side-effect of the chemotherapy she underwent. With Aisha's life shortened, Aditi sets out to fulfill all of Aisha's dreams such as adopting a pet, seeing aquatic life and writing a book. As Aisha's condition worsens, Aditi grows increasingly overprotective and stressed, and suffers a psychotic breakdown and is hospitalized. Aditi does everything in her power to ensure Aisha gets to see the first copy of her book before she dies.

After the death of Aisha, Aditi and Niren's relationship is strained. While living together, they grow apart and are constantly fighting with each other. Aditi is unable to accept Aisha's death and constantly brings her up in their fights. At a party, Niren shows Aisha's private video she made about her parents. Niren wants Aditi to move with him to London so she can forget Aisha; Aditi finds this insulting—she does not want to let Aisha's memories fade, particularly the house. Niren is angry and leaves for London while Aditi stays in India. Aditi later goes to meet Niren in London and they reconcile with keeping the memories of Aisha.

Critic Review

1 year ago | TIMES OF INDIA

3.5

Soon after she is born, Aisha is diagnosed with SCID, a rare genetic disorder that is life threatening. Her parents, Aditi and Niren make it their life’s mission to do whatever it takes to make her survive for as long as possible.

Based on a true story, ‘The Sky is Pink’ touches an emotional chord from the word go. As Aisha’s (Zaira Wasim) lively voiceover takes over from the start of the film, we are drawn into Aditi (Priyanka Chopra) and Niren’s (Farhan Akhtar) life instantly. A life that turns upside down almost right after Aisha’s birth. It is heart-wrenching to watch Aditi and Niren stay determined, hopeful and keep their spirits intact as they go through a grueling time as a middle-class couple trying to raise funds for their child’s treatment in London.

Aditi at one point lives alone in London for months, for Aisha’s treatment while Niren goes back to Delhi to work and be with their other child, Ishaan. The one phone call, where Ishaan tells his mom who is away, that he was scolded in class for coloring the sky pink and Aditi assuring him that the sky can be any color he wants it to, will move you to tears. And there are many such tender moments in the film that linger on.

However ‘The Sky is Pink’ not your typical tear jerking ride. The narrative and dialogues in film do a good balancing act of keeping some tough emotional scenes light-hearted, with a quirky touch. Aditi and Niren’s love story add some genuine fun moments and so does their overall chemistry as a couple, which is ultimately the soul of the film. And the sensitively dealt with moments add their heft to the emotional ride that the family goes through together. But as different aspects of Aisha, Aditi and Niren’s lives find their way into the narrative, the pace slackens, making it a lengthy watch. In fact, one wishes the screenplay was more focused and some portions given more breathing time and delved into deeper.

However, the emotional arc and the stellar performances will keep you invested. Priyanka Chopra is remarkable as Aditi, a mom determined to the point of being obsessed with making her child live life to the fullest. Her grief and pain is palpable in every scene as her character graph spans across two decades. Farhan Akhtar as Niren, also pulls off a commendable performance as the supportive husband and the father whose emotions are not always on display, but is chipping away nonetheless. There is an amazing restraint in his act. Zaira Wasim breathes life into every moment she is on screen, with her vibrant energy adding the much needed poignant touch to her character.

‘The Sky is Pink’ is definitely a stirring watch as your heart goes out to the Chaudhary family and their zest for making every moment count, despite the trying times they go through. This one scores high on the emotional quotient.

Movie Details

Soon after she is born, Aisha is diagnosed with SCID, a rare genetic disorder that is life threatening. Her parents, Aditi and Niren make it their life’s mission to do whatever it takes to make her survive for as long as possible. The narrative is about the Chaudhary family's zest for making every moment count, despite the trying times they go through.

Genre : Romance, Drama, Biography
Language : Hindi
Director : Shonali Bose
Producer : Siddharth Roy Kapur , Ronnie Screwvala , Priyanka Chopra
Release Date(Theater) : 11th Oct, 2019
Runtime : 2h 29min
Production Co : Purple Pebble PicturesRSVP MoviesRoy Kapur Films
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