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The Sky Is Pink to be Showcased at BFI London Film Festival

Shonali Bose’s The Sky Is Pink will be shown in the ‘love’ strand of the BFI London Film Festival. 

The movie marks Bose’s return to the festival after 5 years since her last release Margarita With a Straw.

Starring Priyanka Chopra, Farhan Akhtar and Zaira Wasim, the movie is the incredible love story of a couple spanning 25 years, told through the lens of their teenage daughter.

She is sassy, sardonic, spunky and also…dead. A fact she nonchalantly mentions at the very outset. “Get over it. It’s quite cool actually. You’ll see when you get here (which you do know you will right?!)”

Unexpectedly humorous, warm and heart wrenching all at once as the magic of life and beauty of death manifest in one family’s unusual, courageous journey in this 100% true story.

National Award-winning actor Priyanka Chopra Jonas who essays the lead role along with actor Farhan Akhtar, and whose Purple Pebble Pictures is co-producing the film stated:

The Sky Is Pink is a story that I connected with from the minute I heard it and in Shonali’s hands, it’s been crafted into a moving, beautiful film that will renew our faith in love and life.

It’s what led me to not only take on the challenging role of Aditi Chaudhary but also to co-produce it with Ronnie and Siddharth.”

The movie is the incredible story of a couple – Aditi and Niren Chaudhary, whose daughter – Aisha was diagnosed with a terminal illness.

In addition to The Sky Is Pink, Gitanjali Rao’s animation Bombay Rose will have its special presentation at the festival. 

Sharing a few words on this year’s festival, Tricia Tuttle, BFI London Film Festival Director says:

“In its 63rd year, BFI London Film Festival is one of the world’s great public film fests and that greatness comes from the fact that we serve one of the most vibrant and international cities in the world and welcome voracious, adventurous and cineliterate audiences.

While there are many talking points emerging from this year’s programme, a few really leap out.

The strong instinct from filmmakers to explore urgent social and political issues through narrative and often through the use of genre; the striking emergence of a new generation of filmmakers exploding onto the international stage with startlingly bold, original and ambitious debuts; the continuing and welcome trend of increased gender balance in directing talent behind short film, first and second features.

While we’re so delighted to see work from 78 countries in the Festival, we also love welcoming a particularly exceptional new wave of UK based filmmakers with cracking first and second feature films in LFF.”

The full lineup of BFI London Film Festival is now live. 

Anuj Radia
Journalist and film enthusiast.

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