Before you read anything further about Aisha heed this warning… if you’re an “I-hate-romances” kinda guy/person then stay far, far away from Aisha but if you’re the die-hard romantic or even the I-can-palate-romantic types then read on!
This week smells fresh with a Victorian twist in the theatres! Rajshree Ojha’s Aisha is a smiling cure for that romantic inside all of us. An adaptation of Jane Austen’s 1815 novel Emma, Aisha is very close to it’s 1995 adaptation “Clueless.” This project is a Kapoor family baby with Sonam Kapoor playing the lead and sister Rhea Kapoor stepping in as producer. But does this love story work? … Oh yes, it works beautifully!
Set in Delhi Aisha’s the story of simple romances and not-so-simple matchmaking. I’m sure all of us have played matchmaker sometime in life to “set-up” two friends and Delhi’s high society rich girl Aisha (Sonam Kapoor) finds matchmaking to be just what she’s born to do! After having successfully set up her aunt and uncle, Aisha is all set to get a high society Delhi ka munda for her new found friend and small town girl, Shefali (Amrita Puri). Dancing to Aisha’s whimsical tunes is her best friend Pinky (Ira Dubey), the local looser Randhir (Cyrus Sahukar) and the new hottie in town Druv (Arunoday Singh). Aisha’s only antagonist is Arjun (Bobby Deol)… her best friend and worst enemy. Aisha’s life spins out of control as she tries desperately to seek love for her friends. With so much on her plate, she just might need a rescuer of her own!
First time director Rajshree Ojha executes a popular story with finesse; everything about Aisha is cute and lovable. The dialogues are crisp and realistic… there’s no boring melodrama or any major hammed scenes. The story stays simple throughout and the director has pretty much stuck to the original plot of Emma. In fact watching Aisha feels very much like reading a book.
There’s not a lot of comedy but the movie does have scenes that bring a smile to your face. The locations are pretty much indoor but in certain scenes the camera work really stands out… mainly the evening bonfire on the camp by the river and a shot where Aisha is seen sulking through rain falling on a car’s window. One of Aisha’s biggest assets is its music! Amit Trivedi does full justice to the mood of the film … every song compliments the situation.
Sonam Kapoor does a great job as Aisha and you hate her at times in the film because of how shallow the character is … so she plays it very well. Abhay Deol is fantastic as well but it’s the supporting cast that makes you applaud because of the strength in their performances. Every actor from Cyrus Sahukar to M K Raina (who plays Aisha’s father) has pitched in a strong performance and that’s mainly what makes Aisha work.
The length of the film is a little over two hours and despite its grip the film tends to drag in places especially towards the end. Aisha’s character does get a little annoying at times with the constant fashion parade and the shallow nature but the worst thing is Sonam Kapoor’s makeup in the film. I don’t know why but everyone around her has been given a great look when she’s been either overdone or underdone. In the salsa dance party scene she looks hideous with those curls gone terribly wrong and the too overdone eye make up! A certain brand might have even promoted itself a little too much in the film.
Overall I’d say, there are some great choices to watch this weekend and if you’re a romantic at heart then Aisha’s definitely worth a watch. And for all you girls …it’s the perfect Indian Chick Flick! Go for it!