There is nothing wrong with the overall plot, and how it can that be, since it’s inspired from Jane Austen’s Emma, but “Aisha” falters appallingly in the execution.
The story is really simple. Aisha, a super rich, good for nothing, rich Delhite passes her time setting up people together. The movie begins when she finds her new project, Shefali (Amrita Puri), a middle class girl in need of a groom. Aisha sets her plans in motion and most of them backfire. Her neighbor and childhood friend Arjun (Abhay Deol) provides the moral compass to her meddling and they both share an extremely annoying love-hate relationship. I think director, Rajshree Ojha, was aiming for endearing relationship or suppressed sexual tension, but everytime Arjun and Aisha got bantering, I was like – “Will you please shut up?”.
I went back and read a lot of reviews on how it’s Sonam Kapoor’s film and that she totally owned it and I have to agree but I don’t believe it has anything to do with the performance. The project is owned by her dad so it’s all in the family, and she is literally in every frame of the movie so you can’t escape her even if you want to. I like Sonam Kapoor, she has potential to be a good actress. There are moments in the movie where a few seconds of her acting is enough to distract you from her clothes and make up. But this is definitely not one of her best performances. Infact, Amrita Puri, totally steals every scene from under her nose as the upfront, slightly bumbling Shefali. If there is anyone worth watching in this movie, it’s her.
What is Abhay Deol doing in this movie? He looks completely uncomfortable in every scene he is in, and has this dazed expression – “ How did I get myself into this?” You can totally tell he is not buying it.
I remember that when the movie was released it was touted as being India’s “first chick flick”. Hmm..I wonder why. Is it because there are so many women in it or because its directed by a female director because honestly I can’t see how it compares.
Chick-flick’s sell a concept that regular girls can have great lives and great relationships. Yes they are frothy and fun and full of fancy clothes, but even the fantasy has elements of realism in the end they leave with you a good feeling and crush on the male lead. “Aisha” achieves none of this. Wearing fashionable clothes is not the only qualifying factor, you know, and even that needs to be done in perspective. If your sister has delivered a baby, I don’t believe you are going to end up in the hospital with full make up on and a designer dress. If you do then you are clearly hoping to land your self a few doctors 🙂
So what do I think about “Aisha” – don’t watch it unless you are desparate. Wait, not even then.