Aisha at IIFA?

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One of the movies that many Hindi film buffs as well as Jane Austen buffs cannot wait for is Aisha, starring Sonam Kapoor and Abhay Deol. Directed by Rajshree Ojha, the film is a Hindi re-telling of one of Austen’s classics Emma. The film is scheduled for release on August 6th, but there is a chance the film may premiere at the IIFA weekend (June 3-5) in Sri Lanka.

Producer Anil Kapoor said, “I am trying my best to complete the film. We are running against time. If we are done with it we might screen it at this year’s IIFA awards.”

Speaking about the film in a recent interview the director Rajshree Ohja said, “Emma, like Shakespeare’s works, is a human story. As for the satire on society, I’ve touched upon that. That’s the reason I based the story in Delhi, where the caste divide has given way to class divide. In Delhi you can find a young girl dressed in a Calvin Klein or Versace who discusses matchmaking with her neighbour. Like in Emma, marriage is about elevating your social status. I’ve hinted on these things but remember, it’s a commercial rom-com.”

It was Sonam signing on to the project that gave the film the green light, “Sonam instantly saw that as a first person narrative, the film would be a great opportunity to showcase her talent. Sonam has a lively energy, but also a certain darkness, which makes her a good actor. This dichotomy suits Emma’s character since it is heavily layered.”

As for the dashing Mr. Knightely, Ohja thinks Abhay Deol is the perfect person to take on this role, “He is the most secure actor I have met and he didn’t hesitate working in a film with a female protagonist. Abhay perfectly fits the character of the typical British male. He is a guy who can floor a woman, like Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice and, in this case, Mr. Knightley of Emma.”

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