By Goher Iqbal Punn, Film Critic & Entertainment Analyst, Showbiz Bites
Director: Suparn Verma
Cast: Bipasha Basu, Nawazuddin Siddique and Doyle Dhawan
Music: Sangeet and Siddharth Haldipur
Rating: ** 2/5 (Two Stars)
Aatma releases today and Aatma movie review written by Film Critic Goher Iqbal Punn is as under. Read and check the movie’s worth.
Sultry and seductress actress of Bollywood industry, who is without doubt among the A-list actresses of Hindi cinema industry, has now become the central focus of horror movies. Way back in 90s, she had done Raaz – the horror film which made her utterly popular among the masses. And now with the latest horror venture Raaz 3, she has now become the central attention of all the filmmakers who would like to make scary movies. Like Raaz 3, Basu enacts the main lead in Aatma as well.
Horror genre is quite popular in Bollywood cinema these days. Filmmakers consider it the tested formula to make successful films. Bollywood industry often runs after the tested formulas and since the horror movies have begun working at the box office producing profits for the makers and investors, the producers have started to follow the steps. Taking steps along, Suparn Verma comes up with his horror fiesta ‘Aatma’. Well, this is not an utterly scary content rather a psychological thriller which carries the script lacking in frightening moments to scare the audiences. You hardly get scared while watching Aatma on screen.
No doubt in saying that the plot is interesting carrying some kind of uniqueness but the lack of scary moments make the output a lackluster. The film talks a strapping emotional rapport between a mother and her daughter. Aamta depicts the fight between a loving mother with her daughter’s dead father who wants to take the daughter along with him to the world of dead.
The plot is interesting but the script penned by Suparn Verma is laced with flaws. The age-old belief used on the narrative looks weird since no novelty has been injected into it. The writer has not put any real scary moments for the audiences. Visual effects are catchy. Editing is okay. Music is average. Direction is not up to the standards though some of the sequences are really attention-fetching and mind boggling.
Bipasha Basu enacts her part brilliantly well. But the problem is that she has not been provided the meaty scope as was provided with Vikram Bhatt’s Raaz 3. Nawazuddin Siddique is wonderful in his act but he could have been given more scope. Doyle, the child artist, is a treat to watch. Rest of the cast fills the bill as well.
In a nutshell, Aatma is not a complete horror film. With a weak script and an average direction, film is a big disappointment.