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Aisha: Indian “Clueless”


Rating: 2/5

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.


Author: Vipula

Before talking about who we are, we’d like to tell you a bit about how and why Shades of Words came into being. It all started with the idea of “A place where we could share with likeminded people about things we enjoy. From books to music to movies to travel; Shades of Words was to be a place about the best of our experiences” We thought about why should anyone read us? The answer was that whatever we review would be a mix of our experience of the thing along with interesting and useful information about it. So in case you are reading us regularly or even checking us out once in a while then we have succeeded in our efforts someway somewhere. Who are we? Known as Kapil Sood and Vipula Gupta, we thought of Shades of Words on one fine Sunday afternoon. Tired of writing interesting RFP’s and project documentation; we decided to give this a shot. Yes! We work in Indian IT industry. Cupid struck us while were innocently slogging together on the highly intricate job of formatting and beautifying documents! And since then, we have been working together to establish Shades of Words as a place that we can claim as ours. (Because buying a house is still years away!) What else? Kapil also writes some blogs which you can read here and here.

6 thoughts on “Aisha: Indian “Clueless”

  1. Ok.. now that’s one movie off my list of ones to watch. Good review.

  2. You seem to be at your wittiest self on this review 🙂 I watched it last year and I echo your statements here totally. Except for a couple of songs and maybe a couple of fab dresses this movie wasn’t really worth the time. Clueless still remains one of my fav movies but then Alicia Silverstone made it a classic chick-lit

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