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Shonali Bose On TIFF Premiere On Her Son’s Death Anniversary

As  far karmic coincidences  go , this takes  the  cake and  the bakery. On  September 13 , the date when director Shonali  Bose  lost her precious son  Ishan, her new film the highly anticipated   The  Sky Is  Pink will be premiered at the Toronto  International Film Festival.

Says  Shonali,  “I’m at the TIFF for the world premiere which is on Sep 13 ,my Ishan’s Death day!!! He has blessed this film from day 1 and my full mother’s heart is in this film .So this is not a coincidence!”

The Sky Is Pink is  the  true story  of  a couple coping with  the  impending tragedy  of losing  their daughter.

Was  the process of making this film traumatic  or cathartic  for Shonali?

 Says  Shonali,  “Neither. It  was  the opposite of traumatic. And catharsis only happens for artists when they deal with their pain through their art. I spent the first year since Ishan’s death focusing on what I call “grief work”. I embraced my pain and in doing so transcended it. Writing and directing this was filled with light and love for me. Not pain.”

Let’s home this hugely personalized  film reaches out to the audience in a  big way. We can see Ishan smiling from  above.

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