Priyanka Chopra is back in Mumbai and is prepping for her next Bollywood film titled ‘The Sky Is Pink’. According to India Today, she will share the screen space with Farhan Akhtar and Zara Wasim in the film.
The movie, which is to be directed by Shonali Bose is based on Aisha Chaudhary. Curious to know who she is?
Who was Aisha Chaudhary?
Aisha Chaudhary became a motivational speaker after she was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis at the age of 13.
Pulmonary fibrosis is a disease which causes difficulty in breathing due to scarring in the lung tissues.
She underwent her first bone marrow transplant when she was just six months old. Bone marrow transplants get with itself the risk of pulmonary fibrosis.
She was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis in January 2010.
Aisha was born with Severe Combined Immuno-Deficiency (SCID). SCID is considered fatal as it is the result of a compromised immune system, which is considered almost absent.
Aisha had to drop out of school due to her health concerns. She was a student of the American Embassy School.
Her mother Aditi Chaudhary told a website, “Her lung capacity was only 35% and as a result, she had trouble walking and navigating staircases. She would tire very easily. She was often not asked out by friends as she was getting slower and needed help with carrying heavy things. I think the more she suffered and the more she felt unaccepted by her peers, the more determined she became.”
All this didn’t come in her way and she went on to become a motivational speaker at the age of 14.
She used to say, “I must do it because I think I can’t.”
Her mother revealed, “Aisha was using portable oxygen from the age of 15 and although she looks very well in her talks, she was in fact very sick and the doctors had warned us that if she gets any upper respiratory tract infection, she may not survive. We never focused on the fear and took her all over the country for her talks and she travelled all over the world.”
Aisha spoke at platforms like TEDx and INK, among others.
She loved to paint and write. During the later stages of her life, her mother gave her Hugh Prather’s book ‘Notes to Myself’. That is when she decided to write her own book.
During the last few months of her life she wrote her book, titled ‘My Little Epiphanies’. An approximately 5,000 word book, it also included her doodles.
Her book was launched at the Jaipur Literature Festival. Unfortunately, she passed away hours after her book launch on January 24, 2015. She was 18 at the time.
Awards even before shoot begins
Even before the movie has begun shooting, it has already won an award. ‘The Sky Is Pink’ won the Script Pool Award at the Tallinn & Baltic Event 2017 Awards, reported Indian Express.
The jury in a statement said, “The script is a complex narrative about fate. How does a girl who is suffering from a life-threatening disease feel? Aisha tells us her fate in a nonlinear way as a love story of her parents. The script is about to become an extraordinary experience that can truly inspire, challenge and entertain audiences when it is further developed in a consequent way.”
According to reports, Zaira Wasim will be playing the role of Aisha and Priyanka and Farhan will portray the role of her parents.
Director Shonali Bose’s last project, ‘Margarita with a Straw’, was a critically acclaimed film and had won several awards at various film festivals.
With one award already in its bag and award-winning cast and crew to act and direct the movie, the project is already being looked forward to.
Kriti Dwivedi is an intern with SheThePeople.Tv