99 Min | Drama – Horror – Thriller | March 2013
IMDB Rating: 3.8
Director: Suparn Verma
Starring: Jaideep Ahlawat, Bipasha Basu, Padam Bhola
Aatma Review: The first look of AATMA and its interesting trailer attracted many lovers of the horror genre since those two minutes promised a lot new or fresh in terms of content, supported by an unusual star-cast featuring Bipasha and Nawazuddin together. The trailer worked hugely because at last we had a novel plot here, showcasing a father’s soul coming back to the world in order to take her loving daughter along to the other side, post his untimely death. And this very new thought incorporated in an Indian Horror film, moving ahead of all those clichéd plots actually appealed to many.
AATMA comes to the point right away as it begins and then offers some reasonably good scenes in its first half particularly the sequences involving the girl’s school and Bipasha’s torture. Another one featuring Bipasha and Nawazudin sitting in front of the judge for their final divorce hearing makes you sit straight as an indication of something exceptional coming in the later reels. But sadly, from here on the director takes on the same rotten and seen before path once again with all repeated scenes of a possessed girl (reminding you of RGV’s BHOOT RETURNS), the victim doctor, surprised relatives and a tantric coming in the house to fight with the spirit in a routine manner.
Further its high time for the Hindi film-makers to realize that if they are offering a less than 100 minutes film to the viewers then it needs to be shown in one go without the normal interval of say ten minutes. Because its simply not justified to witness a break at mere fourty five minutes after sitting on your seats, which obviously brings in some negativity in the theater. In all, yes AATMA does have a new subject to talk about in the horror genre but the same cannot be said about its treatment on the screen unfortunately. So you might enjoy it more in your home theaters at a lesser cost and without any immediate interval as such in just fourty five minutes.