Farhan Akhtar: The Sky Is Pink received applause from international audience because of its story
Farhan Akhtar opened up on his upcoming film The Sky Is Pink. The film also stars Priyanka Chopra in lead role.
Farhan Akhtar returns to the Indian multiplexes as lead actor in The Sky Is Pink on October 11, after the film did its rounds of the international festival circuit. He says any story that has universal human emotion gets wide admiration from the non-Diaspora audience.
The Sky Is Pink was screened at Toronto International Film Festival on September 13. Earlier this year, Gully Boy, produced by Farhan's company Excel Entertainment, premiered at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival. Gully Boy has also been selected as India's official entry for the 92nd Academy Awards.
Since the actor-producer has observed the appreciation of the international audience towards Indian films, we asked him how our cinema is received globally. "I would say it depends on film. If the film is driven by the content that a non-Diaspora audience can connect to, then they appreciate it. The Sky Is Plink received appreciation from the international audience because of its story - of a couple and their children, and their emotional bond as parents and children. This is not an Indian emotion, this is universal. When we tell a story that anyone can identify with, if it has strong relatability, it gets appreciation beyond language. Then, colour, race, and culture make no difference," Farhan told IANS.
Directed by Shonali Bose, The Sky Is Pink is based on the true journey of a young author and motivational speaker Aisha Chaudhary, who passed away at the age of 18 due to severe illness. The story revolves around her struggle with illness and how her parents - Niren Chaudhary and Aditi Chaudhary, played by Farhan and Priyanka Chopra Jonas respectively - coped with the situation.