Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Farhan Akhtar are playing the lead roles in Shonali Bose’s The Sky Is Pink and the director went to great lengths to make sure that the appearance of her lead pair changes justifiably over a span of 25 years in the movie.
Talking about the progression of their characters in the film, she says, “With Priyanka, I decided to start with long hair and then to keep going shorter as she aged. So, when she is younger at the age of 25-26, her hair is longer. It really helped her do that part of the young person as she is flinging her hair around. And when she is at the oldest at 50, she has short hair which is very distinct. When you see the short hair, you immediately know that she has lost the child.’’
Farhan Akhtar’s appearance also goes through a lot of changes and so does his hairstyle. Shonali adds, “We did a curly wig for his younger days and made him appear sleeker and groomed as he became a CEO and used a distinct moustache for post-death scenes.”
Taking cues from the real-life couple, Aditi and Niren Chaudhary, whose story has been the inspiration for the film, Shonali says, “Aditi’s motto in life is, ‘When life is tough, look like a million bucks’. Every day, even when Aisha was very, very sick, Aditi would stand in front of her wardrobe and think what she would like to wear.”
Zaira Wasim is playing the role of Aisha Chaudhary and Rohit Saraf is playing her brother. Priyanka and Farhan are essaying the roles of their parents in the film.
The Sky Is Pink is slated to release on October 11.
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