Aisha is a girl with a simple diktat - everyone's business is her business. Arjun is a boy with even a simpler set of beliefs - Aisha should mind her own business. Caught in the Delhi upper class world with its own set of social rules, Aisha navigates her world with a great sense of style and even greater optimism. Caught in her web are her best friend Pinky, the small town girl Shefali, the west Delhi boy Randhir and the hunk Dhruv. Aisha will make sure everyone dances to her tune. And all Arjun wants to do is disentangle that web and get Aisha out of an impending sticky mess. Who will succeed and who will succumb? Welcome to Aisha's fabulous world where playing cupid is as easy as 123...if only that Arjun would stay out of her way!
Iâ€™ve now seen all film versions of â€žEmmaâ€œ(at least, these are the only ones I know); The American version â€œCluelessâ€ (1995), the British Version â€œEmmaâ€ (1996) and now, finally, the Indian one, â€œAishaâ€ (2010). Without being biased as an official Bollywood-Fan (after all, itâ€™s not about the country, but about the quality of the movie!), I must say: India made the best job! â€œEmmaâ€ stuck really almost exactly to the literary template, what wouldnâ€™t necessarily have been that bad, if there hadnâ€™t been miserable camera and those endlessly long scenes. I found â€œCluelessâ€ a 100 times better, the movie has humour, irony and it contributes something own, modern to the theme. But since the 90s, a lot of things have changedâ€¦ And off course, in â€œCluelessâ€, you kind of have that Hollywood-feeling â€“ which is not a bad thing â€“ but I think that â€œAishaâ€ just hits the point better, nowadays. True, the houses are huge and sparkly, too, as is Daddyâ€™s credit card, but the flick is still, somehow, sweet and sensitiveâ€¦ You can identify with the characters, all of them. The camera setting is calm and clear, the pictures colourful andâ€¦ the clothes are luscious â€“ this is the kind of stylist Bollywood needed! â€œAishaâ€ is the third movie with Sonam Kapoor, that Iâ€™ve seen, and she gets better each time. In â€œSaawariyaâ€ I found her pesky and talentless, in â€œDelhi-6â€ I had doubts about how she would master a bigger role, but now, all my doubts have been blown away. Aisha is the perfects role for Sonam (whose personal style I also like very much), and the team seems to have been perfect for showing her talent. Itâ€™s all about choosing the right role. As most people know, Abhay Deol has been on my favourite-list since â€œDev Dâ€â€¦ Every time Iâ€™m surprised, how unimpressive he seems to be, when you first see him. Off course itâ€™s not the hardest cinematic challenge to portray this modern Indian Mr. Knightley, but he makes a good job. Iâ€™d even say that it couldnâ€™t have been done any better. All the other characters (which were many) can only get positive commentaries from me. I canâ€™t remember all the new names, but really, all of the actors were good â€“ I also liked the fact, that, though the script doesnâ€™t let much room for describing the side characters, you still have the feeling of knowing themâ€¦ They do not vanish in the background. I really appreciate seeing so many talented new faces â€“ as you know, the latest trend in Bollywood was pairing the big (old) star with the new (young) newcomer. That was kind of witty in RNBDJ, but now it sucks. They somehow did it right with â€œAishaâ€. Off course, the story is a little unworldly and isolated, but thatâ€™s what the main character is like, and subconsciously itâ€™s almost a little ironic (as were all Emma film versions â€“ and the book).
Finally, the movie is perfect for a nice evening with the girls (or even alone). If the movie is good for men, I canâ€™t tell, but who came through â€œSATCâ€, will experience â€œAishaâ€ as a salvation: No Botox. Okay, I like â€œSATCâ€â€¦ But honestly: â€œAishaâ€ is just as good, and at least not that embarrassing.
And now, please: Pounce on the DVD-shelves (slash, Online-Shops)! (At least all the feminine creatures here).