Movie Review: Aatma (2013)

Users Rating: [ratings] ★★★☆☆
Box Office: Flop

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.


Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
3.5 “The film is more intriguing than terrifying. Either way, you should watch it!”
3.0 “As talky as it is terrifying, the film is worth a watch for a different take on horror.”
3.0 “Signing off on an optimistic note, ‘Aatma 2’ takes the genre of horror films a notch higher.”
Zee News
3.0 “Watch Aatma only if you love Bipasha Basu!”
One India
3.0 atma may not send shivers down your spine, but it dares to be unconventional.”
Times Of India
Average Reviews
2.5 “For those who dig psychological thrillers, like psychosomatic acts and enjoy inducing fear in themselves no matter what.”
Negative Reviews
2.0 ” AATMA stands on a weak script. Besides, there are hardly any scares here. Disappointing!”
Bollywood Hungama
2.0 “Aatma comes across as an attempt to bring some credibility to the horror genre.”
2.0 “Aatma is meant to send shivers down the spine and shock the viewers out of their seats. All it does manage to do is set off a few mild waves of cold bemusement.”
NDTV Movies
2.0 ” Aatma is a promise to thrill gone wrong due to a feeble script and lack of required eerie moments.”
2.0 “Aatma could have been a true scare-fest. But it winds down to being well begun, half done.”
1.5 “Aatma neither scares you not entertains. Lack of spine chilling moments and wafer-thin of the story totally ruin Aatma’s chances.”
1.0 “This picture is carefully lit with beautiful home decor and slick photography.”

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