On the 25th birthday of her late son, Director Shonali Bose posted a picture celebrating over champagne with Priyanka Chopra – both of them are currently in Los Angeles and were presumably meeting to discuss the next upcoming schedule of the film.
Shonali shared some heartfelt insights on her relationship with her son Ishaan and also how she felt when she first came to know that Priyanka may come on board for her film tentatively titled ‘The Sky is Pink’.
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A quarter century ago I became a mother for the first time in my life. Today is that radiant child’s 25th birthday and I’m in the middle of celebrations feeling blessed and joyous. He gifted me a pair of pink pants (a complete sign for The Sky is Pink) – the story is too convoluted to put down but he totally gifted me them. Last year on his birthday I woke up to a text that Priyanka had read my script and could I fly to New York. I knew right then that this was from Ishan and he was blessing the film. And it would be a magical journey and it was. All year I felt him so strongly. Through joy and sorrow – holding me like a rose in the palm of his hand. His wise brother told me at breakfast today as I chomped down a grilled cheese sandwich and hash browns in IHOP (I break my diet on his birthday and Deathday) that my relationship with him was so strong it defeated death and went beyond it. I have indeed felt it grow and deepen year by year. While shooting the Deathday scene in The Sky is Pink – I felt only light and joy and could hold all my actors and crew in my arms with strength as they were struggling. Pri used some of my stories of Ishan to draw from for her performance. Once she turned to me before a take and asked if she could call Ishan (the character in the movie) – Ishlu – my name for my son. I was so moved. And so it was lovely to celebrate with her in the middle of the birthday today. She insisted on opening champagne and would not allow me to have green tea! And we toasted him up in the sky on this lovely sunny day. More celebrations ahead with my besties Gee and Kittu and Viv and me gorging more junk at California a Pizza Kitchen (I ordered from there for Ishan’s last birthday meal – his 16th – while we were shooting Chittagong. He was so thrilled and psyched that I could do that all the way from Lataguri, Bengal.)
She recalled the day when she woke up to produce Siddharth Roy Kapur’s text on the exact same day last year saying that Priyanka Chopra has read Shonali’s script and if she can fly to New York right away to meet Priyanka Chopra. This was the moment that started the magical journey of this film with a dream star cast of Priyanka Chopra, Farhan Akhtar and Zaira Wasim.
Clearly Priyanka and Shonali share a very special bond. Shonali also shared that Priyanka took Shoanli’s personal life experiences as a lesson and drew on them for her emotional scenes during the shoot.
It sure seems like this is a film worth waiting for!