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Aisha (2010)

Chaos results after a wealthy woman decides to turn match-maker for a naive village belle.

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Rajshree Ojha

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Cast

Credited cast:
Sonam Kapoor ... Aisha Kapoor (as Sonam A. Kapoor)
Abhay Deol ... Arjun Burman
Amrita Puri ... Shefali Thakur
Cyrus Sahukar ... Randhir Gambhir
Arunoday Singh ... Dhruv Singh
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Masood Akhtar Masood Akhtar ... Sant Ram
Arunav Chatterjee Arunav Chatterjee ... Bunty Kumar (as Arunav C.)
Ira Dubey ... Pinky Bose
Lisa Haydon ... Aarti Menon
Jasmeet Kaur Jasmeet Kaur ... Gurpreet / Mandeep Kaur
Rajan Kavrata Rajan Kavrata ... Lodge Manager
Vinu Kriplani Vinu Kriplani ... Art gallery owner
Master Krushal Master Krushal ... Anushka K. Burman
Santosh Kumar Santosh Kumar ... Singer in Rishikesh
Sameer Malhotra Sameer Malhotra ... Karan Burman
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After successfully arranging the marriage of her Delhi-based spinster aunt, Chitra, to Colonel Raghuvendra Singh, self-styled 'Event Manager', Aisha Kapoor, decides to turn match-maker. She is convinced that she can find the right match for anyone, including Bahadurgarh-based naive and innocent Shefali Thakur. Chaos and bitterness results after Aisha decides to convert Shefali into a modern and fashionable woman, and concludes that Randhir Gambhir is the ideal groom for her. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

6 August 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Айша See more »

Filming Locations:

Delhi, India See more »

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Budget:

INR 140,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color
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Abhay Deol was not happy with his role ,apparently he was paid less than producers spent on Sonams costumes. Abhay went in print and expressed his displeasure. Anil Kapoor went in show Koffee with Karan and said Abhay Deol needs help. See more »

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A 21st Century Emma Woodhouse in Delhi
9 August 2010 | by summer_butterflySee all my reviews

I thought Aisha was really cute. As an Emma adaptation, I thought it was excellent- they kept all the important elements of the story in, and I saw a few homages to Clueless in there as well. I like that Aisha wasn't 100% likable, as she shouldn't be- she is a girl who's been given everything in life, which doesn't always lend itself to peachy sweetness. Of course she's going to be arrogant! Nobody other than Arjun ever says no to her.

Because this film is about a very wealthy girl and her matchmaking pursuits, which do often come across as very superficial and celebrating monetary pleasures, and the characters are very shallow at times (their problems are hardly anything, compared to the very real struggles other Indians face) I can see how some people might not like it- my dad thought it was absolutely ridiculous (his exact quotes were "I can't believe filmmakers would waste celluloid on this trash").

However, the essence of the film is to show how silly Aisha's attempts are at forcing what cannot be forced, regardless of how much she tries to manipulate the situation or how much money she throws at it. She is portrayed as an arrogant girl, but we are shown that doing so ultimately alienates her friends from her. Do the filmmakers celebrate what could be labeled as "western excess" in the process of telling her story? Sure, but who doesn't like seeing pretty clothes and hairstyles once in a while? Aisha Kapoor is not one of the "mango people"- who would expect her to be?

The music was terrific, and the supporting cast did a wonderful job- especially Amrita Puri, who played the character of Shefali. For those who have seen Clueless, I definitely felt echoes of Brittany Murphy's character Tai through her performance- in a great way. She was really cute! And Ira Dubey played Aisha's sarcastic friend Pinky (Dion in Clueless) to a T, and Abhay Deol and Cyrus Shankar were great as Arjun and Randhir.

I personally highly recommend this film if you're looking for a fun, escapist Jane Austen adaptation with great clothes and danceable music.


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