Aisha is a 2010 Indian ensemble romantic comedy-drama directed by Rajshree Ojha, starring Sonam Kapoor, Abhay Deol, Ira Dubey, Cyrus Sahukar, Amrita Puri, Anand Tiwari, Arunoday Singh and Lisa Haydon. It is set in the upper-class society of Delhi, India and is an adaptation of Jane Austen’s 1815 novel Emma with the same tone as the 1995 cult Hollywood film Clueless which is also an adaptation of Austen’s novel. The choreography of this film was done by Neerav Bavlecha.
The film released on 6 August 2010, to mixed-to-positive critical reviews, eventually becoming a semi-hit at the box office.
Aisha Kapoor (Sonam Kapoor) is a young, rich, upper-class girl who believes that she is perfectly suited for match-making – amongst her friends in particular. Her superficial lifestyle and match-making schemes are constantly criticized by her friend/neighbor Arjun Burman (Abhay Deol), who advises her to stop meddling with the lives of other people. Soon, she has a new project – trying to make a match between her middle-class, small-town friend Shefali Thakur (Amrita Puri) and a sweetmeat business tycoon and friend, Randhir Gambhir (Cyrus Sahukar), much to the chagrin of her best friend Pinky Bose (Ira Dubey). Aisha creates various circumstances to make Shefali and Randhir fall in love. During one such occasion, she meets her aunt’s step-son Dhruv Singh (Arunoday Singh), whom she becomes attracted to. In the meantime, Arjun introduces Aisha to one of his colleagues, Aarti Menon (Lisa Haydon), who is from New York. Aisha feels threatened by Aarti’s presence and is very antagonistic towards her.
Randhir organizes a river-rafting camp for everyone, and Aisha uses this as a chance to get Randhir and Shefali to spend more time together. Meanwhile, Shefali gets proposed to by her childhood friend, Saurabh Lamba (Anand Tiwari) and she asks Aisha for advice, but Aisha passive-aggressively tells her to reject Saurabh and get with Randhir instead. However, one night during the camp, Randhir takes Aisha for a walk and then confesses his love for her. Confused and taken aback by Randhir’s feelings for her, Aisha starts to doubt her match-making skills. Arjun comes to know of this and Aisha’s dismissal of Saurabh of Shefali’s behest, and gets angry at Aisha, criticizing her for once again meddling with the lives of others, and playing with Shefali’s feelings. Aisha tries to console a heartbroken Shefali. As time passes, Pinky starts to develop feelings for Randhir and eventually they are engaged. This causes a problem between Pinky and Aisha, and they stop speaking to each other.
Disheartened with her previous failed match-making attempt, Aisha tries to match up Shefali with Dhruv. Shefali comes to know of Aisha’s plan and confronts her, telling Aisha that she never viewed her as a friend, rather as a project, someone who she tried to mold and fix. Shefali then declares that she has feelings for Arjun. This greatly confuses and hurts Aisha, since she realises that she has been in love with Arjun all this time. Aisha realises that she has been selfish and arrogant all along, playing with the emotions and feelings of her friends. She goes back to her best friend, Pinky, and apologizes for her actions. Dhruv and Aarti get engaged, but Aisha chooses not to attend since she thinks that Arjun will be there with Shefali. After a late-night conversation with her father, Aisha decides spontaneously to go to the engagement and declare her feelings to Arjun. She meets Shefali, who tells her that love cannot be forced or planned, and also reveals that she has found her love in Saurabh, whose proposal she had previously turned down.
Later that night, Arjun and Aisha meet and reminisce about their childhood and friendship, and ultimately declare their love for each other. The movie ends one year later, at Dhruv and Aarti’s wedding, where Aisha states that love is spontaneous and never goes according to plan.
Sonam Kapoor as Aisha Kapoor
Abhay Deol as Arjun Burman
Ira Dubey as Pinky Bose
Cyrus Sahukar as Randhir Gambhir
Amrita Puri as Shefali Thakur
Anand Tiwari as Saurabh Lamba
Arunoday Singh as Dhruv Singh
Lisa Haydon as Aarti Menon
M. K. Raina as Mr. Kapoor, Aisha and Aalia’s father
Anuradha Patel as Chitra Kanwar Singh, Dhruv’s mother
Yuri Suri as Col. Raghuvendra Singh, Dhruv’s father
Sameer Malhotra as Karan Burman
Vidhushi Mehra as Aalia Burman (née Kapoor)
Masood Akhtar as Sant Ram