Loss of My Son & Marriage Drew Me to The Sky Is Pink: Shonali Bose
Shonali Bose, director of The Sky Is Pink, has said that she drew on her own experiences of losing her son and then her marriage while bringing the film to life. The Priyanka Chopra and Farhan Akhtar-starrer is based on the short life of motivational speaker Aisha Chaudhary who was born with an immune deficiency disorder and later diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis.
In an interview with Variety at the Toronto International Film Festival, where the film will premiere on 13 September, Shonali said that she had no idea about Aisha’s story until she met her parents in Los Angeles. Aisha had watched the trailer to her 2015 film Margarita With a Straw and told her parents that she hoped she would “live to see it” but passed away two weeks later. The Chaudharys watched the film, which explores themes of disability and sexuality, when it released and decided to track down Shonali when they saw it was dedicated to her late son Ishan. She said,
“For me as a filmmaker, I was drawn to it precisely for that reason. I wanted to explore the couple’s relationship. I wanted to explore what happens to a marriage when faced with the loss of a child. My own marriage ended when I lost my son. I was fascinated by the fact that this couple had made it,” she added.
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