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AATMA MOVIE REVIEW: Suparn Verma abuses the horror genre!

Director :  Suparn Verma
Music :  Sangeet Haldipur, Siddharth Haldipur
Lyrics :  Kumaar
Starring :  Bipasha Basu, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Doyel Dhawan

March 23, 2013 10:51:16 AM IST
By Martin D'Souza, Glamsham Editorial
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It's nice to talk glowingly about your movie before its release. It's the norm of marketing, or else how do you justify your product if there is no proper marketing or the right quotes (read quotes given to shock) Eg: ''Bipasha is the most awesome looking mother,'' or ''I was sick of horror being abused.'' These are just two quotes by director Suparn Verma, prior to the release of AATMA.

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It makes perfect sense to talk about your product once the audience verdict is out and I think, Mr Verma has done nothing here to substantiate his quote of horror being abused. He does so himself in this flick.

True, he may not have shown haunted villas or 200-year-old curses but he resorts to the same old gimmicks of empty chairs shaking, objects suspended in mid-air, and a 'baba' muttering mantras in an attempt to scare. Sadly, it does not. It's not spooky either. As for the Bipasha Basu quote, methinks looks is not everything; you need some acting skills as well to make an impact.

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Maya (Bipasha Basu) is trapped in a loveless marriage with her husband (Nawazuddin Siddique). Before she knows it, she is a victim to his mental and physical abuse. Reason: he's a psycho. But this man here loves his daughter. So when he dies in an accident, after a bitter custody battle, Nia (Doyle Dhawan), his daughter is not informed of the same. She has been told that her father has gone somewhere and will be back in two months.
This is when he comes to meet his daughter. As he does so, he kills her classmate and her teacher, who he thinks are harassing his daughter. He then turns his eyes on his wife because he wants to take Nia with her.

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Even though the film's length is just 90 minutes, Verma drags the film because he does not know what to do with Siddiqui's spirit. And the tragedy here is that Maya does not know that Nia's teacher has been murdered simply because the inspector who is on the case disappears from the script for a whole half hour. Disturbing, funny or plain stupid? I really don't know.

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Even the so-called 'camera tricks' are nothing to knock you off your seats. But what does knock you is Nawazuddin's performance. This guy is simply amazing.

Sadly, the same cannot be said of the rest of the cast or even of the script. And when will directors learn that in a horror film, the heroine does not need to look 'ramp ready' in all the scenes!

The soul in this AATMA is missing.

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