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Sonam’s getting there… by connecting with female fans
Meena Iyer | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; August 13, 2010)
Producer Rhea Kapoor and PVR Pictures Pvt Ltd uncorked the bubbly last weekend… because Aisha opened well in the Indian metros. Trade analyst Taran Adarsh says, “It connected with the youth, more so in the metros. It may be argued that it’s a bigger draw with the women than with guys. But that’s fair enough. The film did showcase Sonam as a fashion icon; naturally, the women in the audience outnumbered the men.’’ He adds the first weekend did good numbers and with the low cost of the project, everyone should sail home happy.
Times of India’s film critic Nikhat Kazmi lavished ample praise on the desi version of this Sex and The City kinda flick. She feels Rhea Kapoor and Rajshree Ojha’s Aisha with adorable performances from Sonam, Ira Dubey and Amrita Puri is a charmer. In her review, Nikhat said she doesn’t believe that this “womanly business’’ (as some people are describing the film) leaves the men behind in any way. “All the male characters — including Abhay Deol, M K Raina, Cyrus Sahukar, Arunoday Singh and Anand Tiwari have soul and substance,’’ says Nikhat. “It’s a superfun flick, slick ‘n’ stylish.’’
A part of trade maintains that Aisha did fairly decent numbers for a film that was led by a female protagonist. “Sonam, who benefitted hugely from her earlier hit I Hate Luv Storys, managed to hold her own,’’ says a trade source. More >
We all have tried to hook up two of our friends or at least someone has tried to hook us with someone, which most of the times fails miserably. But still there’s a matchmaker in most of us and this is especially to be seen in a marriage-centric country like India. Hence, Aisha reeks of a strong relatable factor and the makers and writers had won half of the battle by choosing a script like this one. Besides, they got some supremely fresh and talented actors on board and added some beautiful music too. With so many plusses in its favour, Aisha works but unfortunately only in parts. The treatment needed a mature touch which debutant director Rajshree Ojha failed to do so. A great chance lost!
The story of the movie: Aisha (Sonam Kapor) is an upmarket Delhi girl whose favourite pastime is matchmaking among her friends and relatives. Arjun (Abhay Deol), her childhood friend who has just returned from New York, detests this trait of Aisha. Aisha comes across Shefali (Amrita Puri), a small town girl, who’s in Delhi to marry. Her matchmaking side tells her that Shefali and one of her friend, Randhir (Cyrus Sahukar) can be a cute couple and she sets on a mission to hook them. She even involves Pinky (Ira Dubey), her friend since kindergarten, in her mission. Aisha loves when things go as she has planned. Hence, what would happen when she realizes that all her matchmaking plans are going for a toss? Watch the film to find out!
Aisha begins wonderfully, making More >
By Taran Adarsh, August 5, 2010 – 22:30 IST
Recall the age-old adage: Marriages are made in heaven. Consummated on earth. But haven’t we encountered lots of people in real life who try to set things up between friends/acquaintances? In fact, they take upon themselves to make matches and meddle in other people’s affairs. That, in a nutshell, is the plotline of AISHA.
Let’s get one thing straight. You are not exploring virgin territory with AISHA. ‘Emma’, the Jane Austen novel, has been adapted on film and television in the past. Although first published in 1815, almost 200 years ago, director Rajshree Ojha and writer Devika Bhagat transport the characters from this novel to present-day New Delhi. But the essence remains the same: A simple plot and an equally simplistic love story.BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM
Unlike most love stories that we’ve witnessed on Hindi screen, there’s no heavy-duty dramebaazi in AISHA, no major hurdles to cross, no parental opposition to encounter, no major conflicts to solve. The director and writer remain faithful to the novel, which prompts you to ponder, wish the relationships were so uncomplicated in today’s times.
But there’s a flipside as well. The film runs a little longer [although the running time is 2 hours] and gets painfully slow in some portions. Besides, AISHA lacks the depth of passion and that could be because the makers were trying to make something lighter and breezier. Sweeping the minor complaints More >