Priyanka Chopra sobbed inconsolably on the sets of The Sky is Pink, reveals director Shonali Bose
The trailer of the multi-starrer Shonali Bose movie The Sky Is Pink released last week and teased a heartwrenching romance. With Priyanka Chopra, Farhan Akhtar, Zaira Wasim and Rohit Saraf in the lead roles, the movie tells the love story of Aditi and Niren who lose their daughter to pulmonary fibrosis. The film recently premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and received a four-minute standing ovation from the audience.
Returning to the big screen after Margarita with a Straw, filmmaker Shonali Bose revealed that there was one moment during the filming of The Sky Is Pink when PeeCee broke down and couldn't stop crying. While she did not delve into the details of the scene, she said that Priyanka continued to weep long after she announced "cut."
"After I called “cut”, I hugged her and she couldn’t stop crying. She kept whispering, “I’m so sorry, I’m so sorry. I know now what it means to lose a child. I am so sorry for Ishlu.” I continued holding her," she said.
For the uninitiated, director Bose lost her son, Ishan (Ishlu in the movie), in a freak accident which involved an electric razor. All of 16, he passed away on September 13, 2010. In the movie, Bose reveals, Priyanka requested Bose to use Ishlu - the nickname the director called her son by - in a scene involving Rohit. "Priyanka once heard me calling my Ishan that when I spoke about him and asked me, “Can I call him (Rohit) Ishlu in this scene?” I just smiled from ear to ear," she recalled.
The Sky is Pink is scheduled to release on October 11, 2019
My heart. My Ishlu.,Your 9th deathday today. I was at a big event for The Sky is Pink at the Toronto International Film Festival and spoke a lot about death and what you taught me from the day of your funeral. How you enlightened me and made me understand its profundity and how you made me so at ease with it. I can’t thank you enough for continuing to watch over me and hold me in the palm of your hand. And knowing how I’m so consumerist and need gifts on important occasions - you always come through on that too! This time you’ve given me the World Premier. I know you’ll bless it and it will be fine. And there will be love, light and a beautiful energy in the room. Your energy. Aisha’s energy. Mamma’s energy...I’m still terrified. 2,000 people. I’m excited too. Viv is taking an arduous journey to be with me and hold my hand while you hold the both of us. Happy 9th deathday my darling. Will be breaking out the bubbly to celebrate. Love you. Your Mamma.