Suparn Verma’s ‘Aatma’ is finally out in your nearest theatre to horrify you and entertain you but the main point to think is really the Suparn has thought something out of the box and gave the audience something different from any other usual horror flick. The answer is No, ‘Aatma’ is like any other horror flick with the same ghostly affair. The makers failed to keep his promise and failed to provide anything new to the audience. ‘Aatma’ starring Bipasha Basu and Nawazuddin Siddhique in the lead is an average horror flick.
‘Aatma’ is a story of a mother, daughter and a deceased father. Maya (Bipasha Basu) is a single mother to her six year old Nia (Doyel Dhawan). She separated from her husband Abhay (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) after the birth of Nia due to his torture and swinging mood. Abhay was a violent, abusive husband but a doting father to his daughter. Maya separate from Abhay and files for the custody of their girl child, Abhay who loves his daughter utmost wanted the custody of Nia but Maya is reluctant to give Nia to him.
One day, Abhay meets with an accident and passed away. Though he died his soul did not rest in peace and he haunted Maya and Nia to snatch away his daughter from Maya. His unrest soul comes to Nia. Nia without knowing anything plays, talk with the imaginary soul. Sometimes, she goes at night for a stroll with the imaginary friend. Maya soon realizes that Nia is thinking she is talking to her dead father.
Maya consults a psychologist and also pundits, the pundits tells Maya and her mother, that Abhay’s ghost is growing stronger every day and no living person can kill/get rid of him; only the dead can do. What follows next is how Maya will save her daughter from the ghost of her husband.
Though ‘Aatma’ is an ordinary horror flick, the special effect of the movie is praiseworthy. There are few instances which will give goosebumps.
Speaking about performances, Bipasha Basu performed brilliant. Her expression was admiring. She very well portrayed the role of a desperate mother who was ready to go any extend to save her daughter from the evil spirit of her husband. She cries and short a lot and it sometimes become irritation. Nawazuddin Siddhiqui as an evil spirit and tortured husband was impressive. The child artiste Doywl Dhawan could be better with her expression if well directed.
In the nutshell, ‘Aatma’ is a disappointing film.