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Priyanka Chopra begins prep, confirms Shonali Bose’s The Sky Is Pink

In a post on Instagram Stories, the actress revealed that she has begun working on her next Hindi film after Bharat (2019).

Sonal Pandya

With her American television show, Quantico, winding down after its third season, actress Priyanka Chopra is turning her focus back to Hindi films on the home turf. In April, it was announced that Chopra would be starring with Salman Khan in Ali Abbas Zafar’s Bharat (2019) which follows India’s history from Independence until the 2010s. The two leads will age around six decades in the film through makeup, prosthetics and VFX.

Chopra is back in Mumbai to begin shooting for Bharat, but she has also confirmed her status on Shonali Bose’s next, which we now know is titled The Sky Is Pink. The actress shared an image of the film’s script and captioned it, “And it begins.. #prep #hindimovie,” with a red heart emoji in Instagram Stories.

The image reveals that besides Bose, 'additional dialogues' are written by Nilesh Maniyar and the Hindi dialogues are by Juhi Chaturvedi. Chaturvedi, the National Award-winning writer of Piku (2015), recently wrote the screenplay for October (2018). Maniyar co-directed, produced and did the casting for Bose’s previous film, Magarita With A Straw (2015).

The Sky Is Pink is the moving story of Aisha Choudhary, a teenage girl who was diagnosed with immunodeficiency disorder and became a motivational speaker and author. She died at age 18, and her parents, Niren and Aditi Chaudhary, have since continued their daughter’s work.

Secret Superstar (2017) actress Zaira Wasim is due to star as Aisha, while Chopra and actor Farhan Akhtar will play her parents. Roy Kapur Films, who are co-producing the film, have indicated that an official announcement about the film’s casting and status will be made soon.

Recently, Chopra played the single mother of a young boy in A Kid Like Jake (2018) which opened in a limited release in the US. The film, starring Claire Danes and Jim Parsons, received critical praise in the US for handling the sensitive subject of gender identity in a young child.