Movie Review: Aatma (2013)
Directed by Suparn Verma this psychological thriller follows Maya (Bipasha Basu), a single mother that has managed to escape the cycle of abuse from her husband (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) after his death. Her sense of peace is shattered when she begins to discover that her husband is possessing their daughter (Doyel Dhawan) with the intent of causing the child’s death and taking her with him to his own world (of the dead).
Aatma is not a full-fledged horror film with ugly demons and gruesome deaths. It attempts to play with your mind and even succeeds, though partially. The film takes off swiftly, coming straight to the point. Burning candles, thunderous rain and sleepless nights, Suparn manages to subtly induce the ‘shock’ element, especially in the form of Maya’s eerie nightmares. It sets the mood perfectly for a supernatural thriller. The ‘Aatma’ here is unconventional too, considering there is no over-the-top demonic ‘look’ to it. No typical background score is used to create atmosphere either. The film skillfully manages to be different from most in its genre.