AATMA Review: Path-Setting Climax

By Jyoti Prakash Mandal / WBRINN

Aatma (2013) Film Unit
Atma (2013) Film Unit (Picture from official Facebook page)

Kolkata, March 26, 2013 (Washington Bangla Radio): The climax of Indian Bollywood supernatural thriller "Aatma" is refreshingly different from other films of the genre. Suparn Verma’s experiments with twisting the plot in innovative ways are successful.

In the story of Atma, Abhay (Nawazuddin Siddique) dies soon after getting divorced from Maya (Bipasha Basu) but his spirit returns to haunt Maya and their six-year old daughter Nia (Doyel Dhawan), who Abhay was very fond of. The conflict in the film is about Abhay the apparition's attempts to take Nia with him to his world on the other side and Maya and Nia's struggle with the supernatural to stop that from happening. Yes - Nia does get possessed by Abhay in the plot and lots of people around them die as well.

As seen previously in "Acid Factory", Suparn Verma is a rare Bollywood writer-director who thinks different. Sure there are the common elements of a possessed-kid story, but Aatma also has many aspects that are new in Indian horror cinema. The film's innovative camera work adds to the surprises.

Some are wondering if Bipasha Basu wants to leave a mark as the Bogey Woman of Bollywood. Her performance as the mother fighting forces of other worlds is not her best. Nawazuddin Siddique's limited appearance betrays his brilliance as an actor in flashes. Doyel Dhawan as the sweet little girl has ben handled really well and the director seems to have succeeded in bringing her best out.

Overall Atma as a supernatural horror film may not be the best, but is unlikely to disappoint lovers of the genre. They are sure to applaud the climax, if nothing else. The buzz is Aatma is the first in a horror trilogy - we will wait for the sequels with interest.

Watch Aatma Hindi Horror Movie Official Theatrical Trailer (Youtube)

Hindi, 2013

What is your biggest fear?

Aatma will turn your world upside down as it makes you confront your worst nightmare.

A story of a woman forced to face her fears and fight against a force over which she has no control and her biggest enemy is her own mind.


Aatma is a haunting journey of a single mother Maya Verma who finally starts her life afresh with her six year old daughter Nia. As Maya starts to pick up the pieces of her life, strange things starts happening around her. Maya's six year old daughter Nia starts to speak to her dead father but Maya initially feels that she has created an imaginary father to fill the gap in her life. But slowly Maya's life starts to fall apart and the reality gets darker when she realizes that her husband is back to take that one thing he loved-his daughter. As the horrific journey unravels the battle to save her only daughter gets tougher and challenging. But she denies defeat even if the stakes are impossible.

Release Date: 22 March, 2013
Star Cast: Bipasha Basu, Nawaazudin Sidiqui, Jaideep Ahlawat, Tillotma Shome, Shernaz Patel, Geetika Tyagi, Shiv Subramaniam, Mohan Kapur, Darshan Zariwala
Director: Suparn Verma
Writer: Suparn Verma
Screenplay: Suparn Verma
Producer: Kumar Mangat Pathak and Abhishek Pathak