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Adventures of a Matchmaker!
Aug 06, 2010 08:17 PM 4880 Views





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 you expect a lot as the film progresses. The introduction of all characters, which was done in the opening sequence itself, was cute and sets the mood for this chick flick. The story hardly moves in the first half and the only significant thing that happens here is the 7 important characters get to know each other. And also, the scene of Randhir minutes before the intermission (his proposal to Aisha at night and confession to Pinky next morning). However as the 2nd half unfolds, one realizes that the first hour was so much better! The problem is that when the writer so beautifully built up the plot in a fresh manner in the beginning reels, why did it switch to the track beaten to death so many times before in the later part? The emotional scenes tend to drag. Also, the 2nd half was where the makers were trying to go the Jaane Tu way but couldn’t do so. Moreover few developments in the story at this point seem to go over the head. Shefali telling Aisha that Arjun too likes her…what was that?!

However, the film gets back on track with the scene where Aisha shares halwa with her father at night and the scene next, where she gives a beautiful speech but to the wrong audience and wrong venue! However, the last scene (Arjun’s confession) was too filmy and although it was cute, it doesn’t work.

The film belongs to the female brigade who rocks the show! Sonam, of course, leads and this is easily her best work! This was a dream role for any actress in male-centric in Bollywood and she makes use of good use of the opportunity. Whatever kind of expression she emotes—angry, happy, sad, excited, crying—she does it in an extremely cute manner! As for her costumes, she has worn various types of clothes throughout the film and she looks a princess in each one of them! The film might not work but Aisha will surely be remembered for a long time as Sonam’s finest performance!

Ira Dubey looks and sounds very much like her mother, the talented Lilette Dubey! Performance wise, she was topnotch. With her role of Pinky, she proves that one can look superhot by wearing spectacles too! Amrita Puri gives an impactful performance. Watch out for her brilliant performance in the confrontational scene with Sonam!

As for the guys, Abhay Deol as usual gives a terrific performance. Although Sonam is the leading character here, Abhay too has an important part and does it well. Cyrus Sahukar was hardly there in the 2nd half but shines in the first hour, especially in Rishikesh sequence. Arunodhay Singh (Dhruv) does a fine job but looks horrible in his new haircut! Lisa Haydon (Aarti) didn’t much to do. Anand Tiwari, who rocked in Udaan and Kites does an equally good job here. M K Raina as Sonam’s dad leaves a mark only in the end scene. Anoordha Patel (Sonam’s masi) was good. The rest do a fine job.

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