Tanika Gupta's glorious adaptation of Jane Austen's Emma
is set in mid 19th Century India.
Beautiful, clever, rich - and single - Emma Bhattacharjee sees
no need for love or marriage. Nothing, however, delights her
more than interfering in the romantic lives of others. But her
plans soon lead her into all kinds of trouble.
Directed by Tracey Neale
Beautiful, clever, rich - and single - Emma Bhattacharjee is perfectly content with her life and sees no need for either love or marriage. Nothing, however, delights her more than interfering in the romantic lives of others. But when she ignores the warnings of her good friend, Roy and attempts to arrange a suitable match for her new friend, Krishna, her carefully laid plans soon unravel and have consequences that she never expected. With its imperfect but charming heroine and its witty and subtle exploration of relationships, Jane Austen's Emma is a well loved story that has been seen and heard many times over the years. This time we wanted to do something completely different with Emma and so Tanika Gupta has set this version in mid 19th Century India. It works brilliantly well. We've placed our Memsahib Emma in Indian society in a fictitious town called Grampur which is close to Calcutta. Most of the characters become members of a close knit Calcutta society, their social status delineated by their wealth and (Hindu) cast. All the names have changed with the exception of Emma because high caste Indian women often took English names.