On the 13th of September The Sky is Pink had its World Premiere at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival. Directed by National Award-winning filmmaker Shonali Bose, and starring Priyanka Chopra Jones, Farhan Akhtar, Zara Wasim and Rohit Saraf, the film produced and presented by RSVP and Roy Kapur Films garnered immense acclaim.
In fact, the film and the performances by the actors received a 15-minute standing ovation at the Gala screening. Not only that The Sky is Pink garnered rave reviews from both audiences and critics present at the screening. The Sky is Pink was the only Asian film to be showcased in the Gala Presentation and the screening was attended by director Shonali Bose along with actors Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Farhan Akhtar, Rohit Saraf and producers Ronnie Screwvala and Siddharth Roy Kapur.
The film premiered at the prestigious Roy Thomson Hall and was attended by a sold-out theatre of 2000 people, who gave the film a thundering applause. This was followed by another sold-out screening at the 1000-seater Elgin theatre in Toronto, where the film met with the same incredible response.
After the screenings, the audience from both special showcase events, took to social media to express how blown away they were by The Sky is Pink. They appreciated the performances, the writing and direction, the world class production values and the sheer beauty of the moving story of a family.
The Sky is Pink, is a story of a family that never gives up despite all the odds and an amazing love story of a couple that traverses decades and continents, told through the lens of their sassy, sardonic, spunky teenage daughter, Aisha. While Zaira Wasim plays the role of Aisha Chaudhary and Rohit Saraf plays her brother, Priyanka and Farhan play their parents in the movie.
Of course the entire team was ecstatic at the response of the international audience.
Director Shonali Bose shared, “Watching the film for the first time with an audience is always an unnerving experience. And when it’s a world stage with a lot of expectations and 2,000 people – it’s even more terrifying. So when they laughed out loud multiple times and then wept audibly it was utterly moving and overwhelming. I can’t wait to share this baby of mine with the rest of the world. Especially India.”
While Priyanka, who also is producer on the film said, “That moment when you see the audience connect with your film is very special and at the World Premiere of The Sky is Pink at TIFF, we were blessed to have so so many such moments. It’s a wonderful start and I can’t wait to bring this amazing story to audiences across India and the world.”
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A special night with special people, sharing this labour of love which took us over a year to bring to life. It was an unforgettable experience…. Thank you Aditi and Niren for trusting us with your story and for joining us at #TheSkyIsPink world premiere at @tiff_net @shonalibose_ you are the true star of this film! #RonnieScrewvala #SiddharthRoyKapur, as always, it’s been amazing collaborating with you. We’ve done some great films together and this one definitely is up there with the rest of them for me.
Shonali replied, “Dear Priyanka darling. It was beyond fantastic directing and collaborating with you. You are pure magic in this film.”
Star Farhan Akhtar revealed he was overwhelmed at the standing ovations, “It is an honour to have our film screened at TIFF and the response from the audience after the screening was overwhelming. The Sky is Pink is an incredible love story that will stay with you forever.”
He also wrote on Instagram
Shonali praised Fa aka Farhan in her reply, “Fa… Thank you for trusting me. It was fantastic to work with you. Brilliant”
Producer Siddharth Roy Kapur expressed how moved he was with the acclaim the film got at its world premiere, “I am touched with the love we have received here at the World Premiere and this is just the beginning of what I’m sure will be a special journey for the film. I am thrilled for the entire team that has worked so hard on this very special story.”
Shonali Bose not only directed the film she also wrote the heart breaking celebration of love with Nilesh Maniyar. Along with RSVP and Roy Kapur Films, The Sky is Pink is also being produced by S K Global and Purple Pebble Pictures.
The Sky is Pink will have its European premiere at another prestigious film festival, the BFI London Film Festival in early October and then is slated to release worldwide on 11th October 2019.
ICYM the moving, funning and even in just 3 plus minute applause worthy trailer check it out!
We honestly can’t wait to see this story come to life!