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Cast: Bipasha Basu, Nawaazudin Sidiqui, Baby Doyel Dhawan, Jaideep Ahlawat, Tillotma Shome, Shernaz Patel, Geetika Tyagi, Shiv Subramaniam, Mohan Kapur, Darshan Zariwala

Writer/Director: Suparn Verma

Producer/s: Kumar Mangat Pathak, Abhishek Pathak

Plot: Aatma is a haunting journey of a single mother Maya Verma who finally starts her life afresh with her six year old daughter Nia. As Maya starts to pick up the pieces of her life, strange things starts happening around her. Maya’s six year old daughter Nia starts to speak to her dead father but Maya initially feels that she has created an imaginary father to fill the gap in her life. But slowly Maya’s life starts to fall apart and the reality gets darker when she realizes that her husband is back to take that one thing he loved-his daughter. As the horrific journey unravels the battle to save her only daughter gets tougher and challenging. But she denies defeat even if the stakes are impossible.

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Rating: 2.5/5 stars (Two-and-half-Star)

Star cast: Bipasha Basu, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Doyel Dhawan, Shernaz Patel, Jaideep Ahlawat

Director: Suparn Verma

What’s Good: Nawazuddin’s acting, Sound, lighting and art direction

What’s Bad: The unnatural reactions, Undue dramatizing during vital scenes

Loo break: You might get panicky, and then it’s recommended

Watch or Not?: For those who dig psychological thrillers, like psychosomatic acts and enjoy inducing fear in themselves no matter what. 

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Nawazuddin plays Abhay, a psychotic husband who abuses and harasses his wife Maya, played by Bipasha Basu. The couple’s divorce and their subsequent fight over their daughter, Nia’s (Doyel) custody sets the tone for this movie.

The movie revolves around the departed father’s desperate desire to be reunited with his daughter in his dead world, while Maya, an apprehensive mother, attempts to rescue Nia from the “Aatma”. Due to Nia’s huge affection towards her father, he gradually possesses her and makes her hate her own Mother. Maya on the other hand, shares her anxiety with her mother (Shernaz Patel) and others to help her rescue her daughter from her dead husband’s malevolent grasp. Plenty of threatening events bother Maya’s life but she doesn’t give up hope. With the number of vicious attacks on the rise, the audience is left speculating about the outcome of this perilous journey.

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Aatma Review: Script Analysis

Nothing is superior to a paranormal existence. If no single force on the earth can slay the intentions of a supernatural creature even after applying all possible sources, then what can cause it to stop? This is fundamentally the underlying quest developed from the script.

Even so, the concept is done to death and has nothing substantially unique to offer. The screenplay by Suparn Verma is upright and blameless. Yes, there is some melodrama during vibrant scenes but that is excusable.

Taking the dialogues into consideration, there weren’t any spooky wordplay or wisecracks by Nawazuddin. However, in Psycho thrillers or horrors, some strength on the dialogues can enhance the movie.

Aatma Review: Star Performances

After successfully exposing himself as a ‘Mafia’ in Gangs of WasseypurNawazuddin has pulled off yet another exhilarating role of a ‘Psychotic Ghost’ in Aatma. He has indeed given proper justice to his role. 

Bipasha’s act isn’t very impressive since it is very similar to any female protagonist in a horror movie. Nevertheless, she has done justice to the role. Doyel Dhawan, on the other hand managed to portray her character impeccably. Shernaz Patel depicts a sympathetic and understanding mother. Apart from her “uncalled-for extravagant act”, she is fine.

Jaideep Ahlawat, well known for his role as Shahid Khan in Gangs of Wasseypur, couldn’t tie the same standard by the role of a Police inspector.

Aatma Review: Direction, Music & Technical Aspects

As the movie begins, the very first treat to your eyes is the art direction fashioned for Doyel Dhawan’s room. Unfortunately this treat is limited to the room only. Production designer Sukant Panigrahy couldn’t maintain that further. The effort on lighting to create a thrilling environment is satisfactory. Also the sound design by Nimish Chedda is adequate enough to provoke fear in the audience.

Editor Hemal Kothari has performed an admirable job to bring a creepy feel to the movie. Even though music isn’t a major requirement of the genre, lyricist Kumaar has written 4 songs for the movie. Amongst these, “Aaja Nindiya” sung by Sangeet Haldipur delivers a sensitive trace to the film.

Director Suparn Verma has placed his accurate attention in the sectors of acting and screenplay thus making the film substantial in the horror zone.

Aatma Review: The Last Word

Aatma is just another ordinary horror story but with a pinch of fine acting by the lead stars. It is recommended for those who believe in spirits coming to haunt you and execute all fatal shots in order to make your life hell.

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Aatma released on 22nd March, 2013.

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