Actor turned producer Anil Kapoor"s home-production Ayesha, which has the fresh pairing of Abhay Deol and Sonam Kapoor is now all set to roll in June. Anil Kapoor is presently in the US shooting for the hit American TV series 24. He will be back by May end. Ayesha is being directed by Rajshri Ojha, who has earlier directed cross-cultural film Chourahen apart from two more films Yatna and Badger.
It is learnt that Ayesha is a modern-day Indian adaptation of Jane Austin"s famous novel Emma, and it will depict Abhay Deol playing Sonam"s secret lover. His character is modeled on the character of Mr. Knightly from the novel. Sonam plays the title role of that of an ultra-modern girl in this film which she hasn"t played earlier in her two films Saawariya and Delhi-6.
Incidentally there have been many film and theatre adaptations of this popular Jane Austin novel in the West. The latest one being Gwyneth Paltrow starrer one that released in 1996. Also, one can recall that Sonam"s debut film Saawariya too was based on a famous Russian novel White Nights and had many film and theatre adaptations in the West.
About Emma -
Emma Woodhouse is a young woman who imagines herself an authority on matters of the heart. With the best of intentions, Emma plays matchmaker for her friends, most notably her friend Harriet who Emma links up with the Reverend Elton and her governess who she introduces to her future husband, Mr. Weston. However, Emma is not nearly as good at playing Cupid as she likes to imagine, and she spends so much time trying to solve everyone else's romantic problems that it takes her quite some time to realize that she's fallen in love with Mr. Knightly.