Redefines The Horror Genre!
By Shivom Oza, MovieTalkies.com, 22 March 2013
Aatma - In Brief
Recent horror films churned out by Bollywood follow certain prerequisites – sex, love story, lip-sync songs, item numbers, and unfathomable twists among many others. These films end up being accepted by the audiences and collect great box-office returns. Surprisingly and to an extent, thankfully Suparn Verma’s Aatma comprises none of the above, and yet manages to be more effective than any of those films, which do consist of the afore-mentioned prerequisites.
Aatma - Verdict
Aatma relies purely on the content and, to a large extent, succeeds owing to clever storytelling, astute direction and remarkable performances.
Aatma - Short Plot
The plot of the film is quite simple and linear. Maya Verma (Bipasha Basu) keeps her daughter Nia (Doyel Dhawan) in the dark about her husband and the girl’s father, Abhay Verma’s (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) abusive behaviour and untimely death. It is when strange incidents start occurring in Nia’s life (Nia’s classmate and teacher die in mysterious circumstances) that Maya begins to get worried. Soon, she discovers that her daughter has been talking to someone (whom she claims is her father), not visible to anyone else. Her fears come true when she realizes that it is Abhay’s Aatma that is haunting them and that the spirit wants to take Nia back with him.