An interview with Rajshree Ojha, the director of Aisha

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Alert Janeite Cinthia spotted an interview with Rajshree Ojha, the director of Aisha, an adaptation of Emma set in modern-day Delhi. Ms. Ojha started working on the script in 2004, but was unable to find a producer until 2008, because producers felt that the woman-oriented film would not be successful.

Another production house, known for being progressive, told us maybe we should re-write the script to gear it towards an actor they had in mind.

Yikes!

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.

We can expect some changes:

here are places where I’ve curtailed the role of certain characters, like that of Emma’s friend Harriet Smith, or combined two characters into one, like the Woodhouse sisters.

Wonder how that will work?

I’ve already handed over the first director’s cut and now it lies in the producers’ hands.

Hopefully that means it will be out soon. We’ve enjoyed the other India-set adaptations of Jane Austen’s novels and are excited to see this one.

2 thoughts on “An interview with Rajshree Ojha, the director of Aisha

  1. “There are places where I’ve curtailed the role of certain characters, like that of Emma’s friend Harriet Smith, or combined two characters into one, like the Woodhouse sisters.”

    How does one combine the Woodhouse sisters? Isabella is married and lives in London.

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  2. Amy P

    Not to mention that Isabella will be another Mr Woodhouse when she is old–she already has his neurotic tendencies. It’s been a awhile since I read Emma, but IIRC Emma and Isabella have very little in common in terms of personality.

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