The Pink Yonder

To escape the boredom and monotony of daily life and Autumn Internship Programme, I decided to go on a movie spree with my family. Booked the tickets for the movie “The Sky is Pink” and was ready for the entertainment.

This movie is based on the true story of Aisha Chaudhury who was born with Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID), a rare genetic disorder. She eventually dies of Pulmonary Fibrosis, which was a side effect of her treatment for SCID. In the movie, when Aisha was just 18 and played by the endearing Zaira Wasim dies, that burden is felt. Through the movie, I also came away admiring the tenacity and will of her parents – Niren and Aditi played by Farhan Akhtar and Priyanka Chopra Jonas respectively. The parents in the movie deal with the birth of three children and the death of two, survived by their middle child – a son played by Rohit Saraf.

In the movie, Aisha’s parents valiantly sacrificed their lives to help their daughter live longer and enjoy the normal course of life. They spent years living apart in two different countries and worked tirelessly in order to provide the desired treatment to their daughter. At one point, Niren even begged for donation on the radio. The donations came from people of all caste and creed, thereby again highlighting the preponderance of humanity. Aditi on the other hand, did extensive research on every possible cure and doctor, robotically disinfected surfaces that Aisha came in contact with in order to prevent her from getting any kind of infection. In her case, even a common cold could prove fatal. The parents in the movie tried not just to keep her alive but also to keep her elated and cheerful. In the movie is a posthumous narrator adding emotion to every bit of it.

To keep the child breathing and smiling Aditi essentially became the helicopter parent from hell. Other than death, the movie has its axis on the couple and their courage. To maintain this focus was wise because Niren and Aditi’s relationship endures unimaginable pressure.

I can relate it to the dialogue from the movie Sholay in which Imaam Saab says, “Jante ho duniya ka sabse bada bojh kya hota hai?” (Do you know what is the heaviest burden in the entire universe?) To this the reply goes as, “Baap ke kandho par bete ka janaza” (The burden on a father’s shoulder of his son’s coffin).

The last part of the movie ‘The Sky is Pink’ captures the crushing weight of death. The finality of losing someone, the rage and helplessness of failing to prevent it despite all efforts, the emptiness and hollowness of loss and the morbid practices along with the unsentimental gaze enable us to view situations with empathy. The movie asks us to consider the right way to grieve!

Kanchan Sharma

Batch 2019-21

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