Shonali Bose’s “The Sky is Pink,” starring Priyanka Chopra, Farhan Akhtar and Zaira Wasim, will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, Sept. 13. The news was announced on the film festival’s official twitter handle, and was accompanied with a still from the film.
The festival, on July 23, announced the first round of titles selected its 44th annual edition. “The first batch of films from the 2019 official selection features 18 galas and 38 special presentations,” a TIFF press release said.
While the film mark’s Chopra’s comeback to Bollywood, it could be Wasim’s last film, as she recently announced her decision to quit acting because it is incompatible with her Islamic faith.
The film is based on the life of Aisha Chaudhary, who became a motivational speaker after being diagnosed with an immune deficiency disorder at the tender age of 13. The TIFF website describes the film as “a love story of a couple — Aditi and Niren Chaudhary — spanning 25 years, told through the lens of their spunky teenage daughter Aisha Chaudhary, who is diagnosed with a terminal illness.”
The film is co-produced by Ronnie Screwvala’s RSVP and Siddharth Roy Kapur’s Roy Kapur Films, in association with Ivanhoe Pictures and Chopra’s Purple Pebble Pictures, and is scheduled for an Oct. 11 release.
This is Bose’s third film to premiere at the prestigious festival after “Amu” and “Margarita With a Straw.”
“‘The Sky Is Pink’ is a deeply personal and an incredibly special film for me,” Bose told the Hindu. “At its core, this is an extraordinary story of what it means to be a family,” she said.
Meanwhile Chopra, in an Instagram post said she was proud of the TIFF selection. “So happy and proud to announce that ‘The Sky is Pink’ is the only film from Asia to have an official selection at the 44th Toronto Film Festival 2019 at the gala,” she wrote. “I can’t wait to be back this year in the dual role of actor and producer,” she wrote.
Last year, Vasan Bala’s “Mard Ko Dard Nahin Hota,” produced by Screwvala’s RSVP, starring Abhimanyu Dassani won the People’s Choice award in Midnight Madness section at the TIFF.
The festival opens on Sept. 5 with the Canadian film, “Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band” by Daniel Roher, while “Radioactive,” the Marie and Pierre Curie biopic directed by Marjane Satrapi will be the Closing Night Gala Presentation at TIFF with its world premiere on September 14. The film is based on the graphic novel by Lauren Redniss, “Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout.”
Also to be screened at the festival is Armando Iannucci’s “The Personal History of David Copperfield,” starring Dev Patel, Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie, Gwendoline Christie, Peter Capaldi, and Ben Whishaw. TIFF says Iannucci brings “his sardonic wit — and a stellar cast to Charles Dickens' classic autobiographical novel.”