Split Screen Podcast: Episode 09 – Sonam Kapoor Adapts Jane Austen
While I have no patience to read classic literature that has shaped contemporary storytelling conventions, for this episode of the Split Screen Podcast, I’ve invited a guest who does! Together we compare a Hollywood & Bollywood movie that have been based on the same classic novel, as I try to grasp the Regency period dialogue that is featured heavily in the Hollywood movie.
So join Samarpita Dutta and I on Episode 9 of the Split Screen Podcast as we compare ‘Emma’ (1996) and ‘Aisha’ (2010) based on the novel ‘Emma‘ by Jane Austen.
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The Split Screen Podcast will compare and analyze movies that are adaptations of other works, directly with the source material that they were inspired by. The realm of these films contain adaptions of novels, comic books, other films or TV shows, or any other movies that were directly inspired by another piece of work.
- Reintroducing Samarpita Dutta: Bollywood lover, gossip keeper upper and writer for BollyBrit.com
- Samarpita’s origin story and how she was introduced to Bollywood.
- Samarpita discusses what she thinks of remakes in general and how they’re mostly driven by studio decisions to make money.
- It’s become harder for Bollywood to rip off Hollywood movies given that India now has local division of Hollywood production companies in the country.
- I have no patience to read the Jane Austen novel both movies were based on, so we do the movies.
- Samarpita provides a Spoiler-free synopsis to ‘Emma’.
- I had much difficulty following the dialogue of ‘Emma’ due to my ADHD.
- Samarpita loved the styling and costume design of ‘Emma’ given that it was a period piece.
- The Bollywood remake ‘Aisha’ was actually based on the original novel, and not ‘Clueless’ as most people think.
- We discuss how the social status themes translate very well from ‘Emma’ to ‘Aisha‘.
- Sonam Kapoor’s role in ‘Aisha’ is most like her own personality.
- I struggle with which movie I like better, given the drastic changes to the ending and the main character’s inner turmoil (‘Aisha’) or lack there of (‘Emma’)
- Samarpita articulates my confusion very clearly!
- We discuss the differences with the characters in each movie and book as well.
- We both agree that ‘Aisha‘ is a lot better and more relatable than ‘Emma’.
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