Priyanka Chopra and Farhan Akhtar starring The Sky is Pink will have its world premiere in the Gala Section at the 44th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) beginning September 5. The Sky is Pink is directed by Shonali Bose and is based on the story of motivatioal speaker Aisha Chaudhary who had been diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis.
Toronto International Film Festival is the only International festival which has picked the maximum number of Indian films for screening in official selections.
The film is produced by Priyanka Chopra, Ronnie Screwvala and Sidddharth Roy Kapur. The Sky is Pink is one of the 18 Galas announced by TIFF on Tuesday. Dangal actress Zaira Wasim, who quit acting, plays the role of Aisha Chaudhary. Rohit Saraf is also a part of the starcast. Ronnie Screwvala produced Mard Ko Dard Nahin Hota (The Man Who Feels No Pain) directed by Vasan Bala won the People’s Choice prize for best Midnight Madness section at the 43rd Toronto International Film Festival 2018.
The synopis of the film in the TIFF website states the following: A recently deceased teenage daughter narrates the story of her mother and father’s poignant, affecting, and inspiring romance, in this unexpectedly humorous love story from Shonali Bose, inspired by late Indian author Aisha Chaudhary and her family.
“What I love about India is that, it is the world’s most film passionate country in the world. You can talk to anyone in this country and everyone has got an opinion about films. This is not the case anywhere in the world. This is the cultural norm,” stated Cameron Bailiey, Co-Head of Toronto International Film Festival to Pickle during his Mumbai trip last year. Single handedly, Cameron Bailey has managed to get over 50 Indian filmmakers to showcase their work in global markets after screening their films in Toronto.
Shonali Bose’s Margarita With A Straw was selected in Toronto in 2014. The film Margarita With A Straw was a bittersweet drama about a woman with cerebral palsy. Shonali Bose has ploughed a lonely furrow as a filmmaker. Her debut feature, Amu, released in 2005, homed in on individuals affected by the 1984 anti-Sikhriots. She co-wrote Bedabrata Pain’s critically acclaimed Chittagong (2012), a dramatization of a significant chapter in India’s freedom struggle. For Margarita With A Straw, Bose cast Kalki Koechlin in a role that called for absolute commitment of time and energy. For both the director and the lead actress, the film has been unqualified artistic triumph.
Priyanka Chopra returns to Bollywood after three years and she was seen last in Jai Gangaajaal.The Sky is Pink is also Priyanka Chopra’s first Indian film project after she headed for Hollywood in 2016. Priyanka Chopra was the Guest of Honour at TIFF Soiree in 2017– a fund raiser in support of “Share Her Journey” campaign to support female voices in the cinema industries. Priyanka Chopra discussed about her career in and outside of the film industry during an onstage conversation moderated by Cameron Bailey.
Priyanka Chopra starring Mary Kom, directed by Omung Kumar was screened in Toronto in Special Presentations Section in 2014. Priyanka played India’s leading sporting icon in lead role as the gutsy boxer from the North East Indian state who rose from humble beginnings to the pinnacle in the world of women’s boxing.