Suparn Verma seems to have grown up on a heavy dose of B-grade Hollywood movies and is hell bent on inflicting his torture on the rest of us. Notwithstanding the cast and promising storyline, his third serving in no way redeems him as a film maker to be taken seriously.
A horror flick that has the audience laughing by the end has obviously not done its job well. Too many deaths. Too many bad dialogues. Too many stiff actors.
Aatma is the story of a single-mother, played by Bipasha Basu, who is trying to keep her dead husband from stealing their daughter. The father, played by Nawazuddin Siddiqui with the necessary menace might have been a redeeming factor if not for the fact that this is a rank bad movie.
The rest of the cast is there as fodder for the blood-thirsty ghost. Not a single stand-out performance in this below par movie.
The rest of Aatma is the usual mish-mash of close-up camera shots and panning shots to the tune of menacing music. On the topic of the music, the less said the better. The background score is irritatingly jarring and does nothing to improve the experience.
Then there is the insipid dialogues. Shernaz Patel plays Bipasha’s mother and gets to mouth gems like, “Mein tumhare saath hoon. Kahin nahin ja rahi hoon.” Anybody who has seen more than one horror flick knows that her character is not going to see the end of the movie alive.
Give this one a miss. Don’t let the fact that you are a Siddiqui fan persuade in any way to put yourself through this torture.
Reviewed by Vinay