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TIFF Red Carpet - The Sky is Pink: A conversation with Nilesh Maniyar

By Armin Sethi Sunday, Sep 15, 2019 06:14: AM

The Sky is Pink received a standing ovation and why would it not? Iron-clad writing and marvellous acting, and there was a winner. We had the opportunity to catch up with the writers of The Sky is Pink at the red carpet of the Toronto International Film Festival: 

What are some of the challenges that you have when you're writing for a film that is based on reality? I mean, how do you make it your own? Do you make it your own?

Nilesh Maniyar: It's very important to make it your own because if you don't, I think we're just going to end up making a documentary you know? So this film started with Shonali making it her own and then inviting me on board. There are different ways that you can collaborate but I feel Shonali and I have worked together before. We have made Margarita with a Straw before, which was also based on a real-life story. So a little bit of experience came handy in that way but I actually feel that any script, whether it is based on a true story or not, if you're not going to make it your own, I don’t think it’s going to work. So that's how we have collaborated and I think it’s in front of you now. 

When you see your writing on screen, a lot of things obviously change. How does that feel like for a writer?

Nilesh Maniyar: So recently, in a trailer, there is a dialogue “When Ayesha gets okay, we’re gonna rob a bank”. So what happened is, Maharashtra Police, the state police tweeted that if you rob a bank, IPC Section so and so will apply, we're gonna arrest you. It just feels so good that people kind of make those dialogues their own, the writing their own, so at the end of the day, the audiences also make an entire film their own and that's the beauty about it. So whatever I write, to each, his own.

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