The Sky is Pink is beautiful in its failing and painted moments
Sometimes there is beauty in failing, in losing to theatrics by foregoing the mundane nature of grief, making every moment as if it were the last. The Sky is Pink is one such film, which despite its strong plot and brilliant cast (Priyanka Chopra, Farhan Akhtar, Zaira Wasim, Rohit Saraf) goes for the moments rather than the entire canvas. Unlike October, it depends on words to appeal to our senses instead of letting the silence do the talking but therein lies the beauty of the cinema. Not everything has to be colored the way the world wants it, sometimes we should paint it our wishes too.
Shonali Bose’s movie is based on the real-life story of Chaudhary family and their daughter, Aisha Chaudhary who lost her battle to a rare immunodeficiency disorder. The film is hardly nuanced but definitely has the heart in the right place. So, even the gross generalization of grief gives it a certain tint of melancholy that tugs at one’s heart strings, and makes it more than just another tearjerker. The journey of dealing with grief through 25 odd years, while loving, crying and struggle makes it a compellingly human tale. So every time the narrator from beyond the grave speaks out, we can’t help but not “get over it.”
The vivid scenes from the crowded lanes of Delhi, to the sprawling cityscape of London, provides the perfect setting to paint pictures of struggle, coping, denial and finally acceptance. The cinema comes full circle with all its moments, heartbreaks, love, even cities and enough humanness to keep that fuzzy warmth alive long after the credits role. This is where the movie scores, it is necessary for the heart to reach out at times and paint the sky with whatever it wishes. So, let it be, for what it is and enjoy the beautiful story of an amazing human being.
Accept and celebrate the life in moments instead of finding the deeper nuances and complexity always. The Sky is Pink is a lesson in that, a coloring book with undue etches, emotions and utter simplicity but it is one with a pink sky just because it could. As Poe puts it, “Beauty whatever kind, in its supreme development, invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears.”
The author Tuhin Roy
Anything and everything at 24 fps interests me. Trying to learn new things about it everyday.