Ever since its announcement, Priyanka Chopra and Farhan Akhtar’s upcoming film, The Sky is Pink has been making headlines. (Read our review of the trailer here.) The trailer was released yesterday and it revolves around the story of a couple and how their marriage is affected by their terminally ill child – which is based on a true story. Director Shonali Bose has now revealed that the inspiration behind her film was her own struggle with the disintegration of her marriage, after she lost her child. Speaking to Variety at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Shonali said that The Sky is Pink is based on the story of Ayesha Chaudhary – a terminally ill girl who watched the trailer of Shonali’s last film, Margarita with a Straw, about 30 times a months.
The Connection between Shonali Bose and Ayesha Chaudhary
Shonali shared, “She told her parents, ‘I hope I live to see this film.'” But she passed away two weeks later. Upon watching Margarita with a Straw four months later, Ayesha’s parents tracked down Shonali for six months and finally found her in Los Angeles. When Ayesha’s mother met the filmmaker, she burst into tears and told her that she would like her to tell her late daughter’s story.
What Fascinated Shonali About This Story
Sonali added, “As a filmmaker I was drawn to it for precisely that reason. I wanted to delve into that subject matter. I myself was very comfortable with my son’s death; at peace with it. I wanted to explore the couple’s relationship. I wanted to explore what happens to a love story, to a marriage, when faced with the loss of a child. My own marriage ended when I lost my son. 80% of people’s marriages end when they lose a child.” However, she was fascinated that Ayesha’s parents were still together. They had fallen in love when they were 16-year-olds and lost their daughter at the age of 53.