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Aatma Review

Aatma Rating: 2.22/5

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Ratings:1.5/5  Review By:  Rajeev Masand  Site: CNN IBN (IBNLive)
95 minutes have seldom felt so long, as they do while watching 'Aatma'. This curious but ultimately predictable supernatural thriller fails to escape genre conventions, falling into the same trap that so many of its predecessors have. The resolution is underwhelming, a handful of fine supporting actors (Jaideep Ahlawat, Shernaz Patel, Tillotama Shome, Shiv Subramaniam, Darshan Jariwala) are wasted, and in the end you're struck by the sheer futility of the enterprise. I'm going with one-and-a-half out of five for 'Aatma'. This is death by boredom!
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Ratings:2/5  Review By:  Taran Adarsh  Site: Bollywood Hungama
First things first, AATMA is *not* the quintessential horror film. It's not about a haunted house or a tormented spirit thirsting for vengeance. It has layers. It has supernatural elements. It tackles an abusive relationship. It's about a strong emotional bonding between a mother and child. Primarily, it's the fight between a woman and her dead husband over their child. An interesting concept without doubt, but what comes across on screen is such an anticlimax! On the whole, AATMA stands on a weak script. Besides, there are hardly any scares here. Disappointing!
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Ratings:3/5  Review By:  Renuka Vyavahare  Site: Times of India (TOI)
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. However, it loses grip as it proceeds. The second half gets predictable, repetitive and formulaic, making the climax look a tad inconsequential in spite of the twist. Aatma may not send shivers down your spine, but it dares to be unconventional.
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Ratings:2/5  Review By:  Anupama Chopra  Site: Hindustan Times (Star World)
Aatma is stilted, predictable and like most Bollywood horror films, unintentionally funny. You know that anyone who crosses Abhay will die so the only suspense is how it will happen. Director Suparn Verma reworks the usual horror movie tricks – so a character’s reflection in the mirror behaves differently from her, bathrooms are especially ominous and there’s even an old toothless crone who seems to have dropped in from a Vikram Bhatt film. And at the center stands a heaving and crying Bipasha Basu, mostly wearing nightwear that seems a little a too s**y for a woman getting over a bad marriage and battling a murderous ghost. It’s impossible to be scared by any of this. I’m going with two stars.
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Ratings:--  Review By:  Komal Nahta  Site: ETC
S**, fear and drama – three important elements in a thriller, generally speaking – are either in short supply or almost completely missing in the film. On the whole, Aatma lacks the excitement and chills of a thriller and does not even have haunting melodies or hit music to make up for the little entertainment value it offers. It will, therefore, not be able to make its mark at the box-office. Its poor opening will only add to its tale of woes. Its modest budget is the silver lining, though, if one may say so.
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Ratings:2/5  Review By:  Saibal Chaterjee  Site: NDTV
The intriguing premise and the evocative texture of Aatma are somewhat at odds with what the film eventually adds up to. One is tempted to look for layers of meaning beneath the images. There is none. You are left clutching at thin air. A skeletal plot and the scarcity of truly chilling moments defeat the very purpose of the paranormal thriller about a sweet little girl possessed. As a result, Aatma is not quite as mind-bending or as terrifying as writer-director Suparn Verma wants it to be. Its spirit is in fine shape, what is missing is soul. 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. Verdict: one star for gumption, one more for effort, but none at all for the rest.
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Ratings:2/5  Review By:  Nishi Tiwari  Site: Rediff
Shot beautifully in natural light for the most part, the film offers some genuine scares and, in fits and starts, feeds off rampant human fears like claustrophobia, paranoia and fear of the unknown in general, but lacks the sense of mystery, the element of surprise that’s essential for films in this genre. It’s not difficult to anticipate what’s going to happen next. I go in to watch Aatma with a nagging feeling that the trailer has unwittingly revealed the entire plot, “But surely, that can’t be it,” I reason with myself, only to be proved wrong in the end. That said, Aatma does push the boundaries with some mildly grotesque scenes and better production values.
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Ratings:2/5  Review By:  Shubhra Gupta  Site: Indian Express
In the initial bits, Aatma pitchforks us into a nice case of thrills and chills. The mother of a little girl is troubled. Her daughter talks to someone no one can see, giggling conspiratorially. Sinister things start happening around this tiny unit, readying us for a solid spooky session. But Aatma soon begins to unravel in ways that lessen that fear, and leaves us with a film that could-have-been. With its somber palette and plot-with-potential, Aatma could have been a true scare-fest. But it winds down to being well begun, half done.
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Ratings:3/5  Review By:  Resham Sengar  Site: Zee News
After going through the one-and-half-hour-long movie, it turns out that the makers of ‘Aatma’ have kept their promise of presenting a freshly baked horror film with pleasant surprises thrown in here and there on the audiences’ platter. So here you won’t find the baggage that comes with the ‘usual’ horror films. On a general note, ‘Aatma’ does not belong to the league of those horror films that leave a powerful impact on your mind for days, read: ‘The Exorcist’, ‘Grudge’ recalling a few. Instead, hopefully it will leave you without any fear of the unknown lurking in your heart. Signing off on an optimistic note, ‘Aatma 2’ takes the genre of horror films a notch higher.
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Ratings:2.5/5  Review By:  Ashay D  Site: Koimoi
What’s Good: Nawazuddin’s acting, Sound, lighting and art direction. What’s Bad: The unnatural reactions, Undue dramatizing during vital scenes. Loo break: You might get panicky, and then it’s recommended. Watch or Not?: For those who dig into psychological thrillers, like psychosomatic acts and enjoy inducing fear in themselves no matter what. Aatma is just another analogous horror story but with a pinch of fine acting by the lead stars. Also it is recommended to those who believe in spirits coming to haunt you and execute all fatal shots in order to make your life hell.
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Ratings:----  Review By:  Sneha May Francis  Site: Emirates24By7
Despite packing in every plausible element that a typical spook fest demands, filmmaker Suparn Verma’s trippy movie on paranormal activities falters and fumbles because of his inability to think out of the box. He faithfully sticks within the parameters of the horror genre, attempting to haunt us with unappetizing images and sounds that are unfortunately unoriginal. Although he springs a few spooky surprises along the way, more often than not he prepares us much before most unsettling, creepy encounters begin. And therein lies his inability to create an edgy thriller. It’s the hackneyed story, predictable narrative and the decision to give away way too much in the trailers that wrecks his maiden horror thriller.
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  1. Here comes the laugh-riot comedy of the year! Supern Verma’s AATMA is hysterically funny. Dialogues are gem of writing. Performances are hilarious. You easily & closely relate with each & every situations in the film [just because you have seen them before in many]. What more you expect when 3 national award winners [Kumar Mangat & Abhishek Pathak-the producers and Nawazuddin- the latest rage in Bollywood, after Gangs of Wasseypur] come together for one hell of a film. Well, it sure had the potential to be a milestone in mindless comedies, surpassing Ram Gopal Verma’s AAG and Rohit Shetty’s BOL BACHCHAN but the only bottleneck is, it supposedly-theoretically-conceptually belongs to some other genre that is supernatural horror...and it is nowhere close to it.

    Let’s have a quick look at the story! A possessive-violent father to a little girl is dead, soon after his divorce. Now, his ghost/aatma wants to take her away with him. Mother obviously doesn't approve that and wants to stop him at any cost. That’s it! Now, the first reaction will definitely be, ‘hmmm, interesting!’ and when you come to know further that the father is being played by Nawazuddin, you start expecting some real high-on-emotion drama with a performance to look out for…but hold your horses right there, this film is like ‘do not expect the unexpected’. Well, the very first rule of a thriller is broken! Hurrah!!

    Ok, so what comes next? Writing and the direction! Writing is the biggest joke here. Let me have the honor to predict that the makers might have torn down pages randomly from the script [I have heard they had one] to make the film look crisper & tighter. And the director, probably, was only interested in having those ‘falling flat on your face’ gimmicks to scare the viewers that have been explored & exposed a zillion times before. By the way, don’t dare look for timelines of events in the film! So, If Bipasha sleeps late in the night and her mother alarms her that she has only 2 hours to sleep because of her appointment with the psychiatrist, don’t push yourself into thinking mode that who goes to psychiatrist at 6 in the morning and to what kind of psychiatrist.

    This horror of errors suffers the most convenient script where things happen just for the sake of it. And trust me on that, even the most impressive looking cast doesn't maintain the level, they have shown us in past. Bipasha is totally out of place. Jaideep Ahlawat is some relief. Tillottma shome, Shiv subramaniyam, shernaz patel are wasted like rotten vegetables. Put them all aside and the biggest disappointment is Nawaazuddin siddiqui. Recently, I heard him in an interview that he don’t want to play small roles in big films, that he is only interested now in lead roles…sorry, Nawaaz! But if this is your idea of lead roles, I would suggest go back to your mentor Anurag Kashyap for better suggestions.

    Having said all this, I would like to confess that I had a big smile on my face so long after leaving the theater, as what I had experienced today was rarest of the rare. I wish I could rate it 5 out 5 [for its unapologetic stupidity, dreary-dry writing that tests your intellect and performances that look merely a spoof] but don’t have enough guts, the makers had in them before making this film. A NEW BENCHMARK IN CINEMATIC IDIOCY…[.5/5]

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    1. you should have made it clear that it is 0.5 before reading the review i thought 5/5 too

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    2. Gaurav Rai you are now faster than even Taran Adarsh in giving reviews.

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    3. he is fast than taran adarsh now in giving reviews

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    4. There were paid previews yesterday only that is why he became so fast

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    5. you dumb gaurav rai....

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    6. HOW DUMB GAURAV RAI******** SABSE BADA CHUTIYA HAI TU... TUNE GHANTA FILM DEKHI HAI... KISNE PAISE DIYE TUJHE CHODU YEH REVIEW LIKHNE... AATMA IS SCARY

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    7. Very Sateek review for such a chutiya movie, many of viewers were laughing with me in the cinema hall at many scenes. Nawazuddin must not waste his talent in such movies only for the sake of money. Hoping for a better movie from FAIZAL BHAI next time.

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    8. rai kaash tu 0 ka importance samjh pata.. for rew secs i also thought u have given 5 on 5!! review koi nahi padhta,sab score dekhte hai.

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    9. Its really good movie.. i donno wt d hell this ppls gives 2 n less stars to this.. frm me its really 3.5 or 4 stars..
      Good storyline, good horror and good screenplay

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    10. I saw this movie at wave cinema over the weekend. Saw the night show, thinking it would be a good spooky movie. What a disappointment it was. storyline was bland. And bipasha really needs to challenge the kind of charaters she chooses. boring it become.

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  2. Is there a . ( point) b4 5....



    First i thought its 5/5

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  3. Gaurav rai...u bloddy idiot...stop giving reviews if u dont know how to rate the movie..i saw a paid preview last night and movie is really not tht bad as he is saying...Yeah the script is a bit week but the performances are amizing...it is a watchable movie...DOnt listen to this idiot gaurav

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    1. Very true...it is a good movie...Pls guys dont follow gaurav;s reviews

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    2. Its really good movie.. i donno wt d hell this ppls gives 2 n less stars to this.. frm me its really 3.5 or 4 stars..
      Good storyline, good horror and good screenplay

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    3. no more than 1 star..pathetic movie.completely agree with Gaurav rai, A NEW BENCHMARK IN CINEMATIC IDIOCY.

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  4. It seems u kept your eyes closed while watching the movie cozz u were shit scared...it is a very good movie...you need a psychiatrist gaurav...

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  5. Okay taran adarsh's review is in lets bash taran and stop on gaurav

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  6. Bashing that's what we indians enjoy. Actors,films and cricket. That's it. Cheers |

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  7. Gaurav rai thinks he is smart bloody nonsense bugger..dont know a shit abt movies...inke liye masala movies are best.

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  8. Gaurav Rai justs want little publicity on this site by giving his dabba reviews.
    With this he know people will notice him..hhiiahahaha

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    1. well, i just got a call from anupama chopra. she wants to have me on her shows on star world. joking yaar :) your little publicity did nothing good for me yet...so, ui am still waiting :) thanks anyways!!!

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  9. well i dont know who is gaurav...may be he is the fan of fake yash raj movies .....to tell u the movie is good and performances r amazing

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  10. thank you guys :) for all the love & hatred for me. you guys really make me feel special with your generous comments. it will sure help me to do better in future. keep posting...means a lot to me!!

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  11. waiting for himmatwale

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  12. gaurav chutiya rai...get a life

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  14. I dont understand he has the freedom to write reviews and express opinions
    if you aren't satisfied then you just have the right to disagree
    not tell him what to do
    and half of the ppl here havent even seen the movie

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    1. Totally agree with you

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    2. most of the guys here, really don't know the concept of social media. they are the people responsible for making our country hard to live. agree or disagree,but you never have the power to stop/bash/abuse anyone for saying what he truly believes in. these so called anonymous people actually don't mean anything to me. they can have the pleasure to f**k my mother here but i knw when in person, they all are so bloody cowards. Puneet & Mansoor, guys thank you so much!!

      and dear admin, when will you be awake? i come here as i believe it is a good place for cinema lovers. com'on don't break my heart :)

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    3. Everyone we really want to make this a great place for all cinema lovers. You guys are free to disagree with anyone's opinion but please refrain from personally abusive comments . This thread will now not have any comments without moderation

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  15. hey mansoor u do ur work.. don here

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  16. u people are fiting as if its not a movie but some india pakistan war... u guys must be having hell lot of free tym...

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  17. Guarav,

    You have written 5 paras and then in last you did not mention 0.5 just .5/5 that has triggered all this rage am sure. People will guess it like 5/5....as you know everyone today is in hurry to know Friday reviews.

    People who read movie reviews can be of any age group any demographic so please understand that if you put across few lines that will do as well just mention your point and rating....that should help. Metro cities cost of living has raised lot and is very high so no body wants to spend there hard earned money on bullshit movies it can be anyone like students, working middle class people, nuclear and joint families, lovers, couples,..migrated people who come from small towns and villages for jobs and survival..
    An NGO survey finding is that more than 68.7% of metro population cant afford to buy multiplex tickets if they do by planning and saving and the movie turns out very bad you can understand how that person should feel because he will not get his money back ever ...so few honest lines of movie and rating out of 5 should help.

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  18. Guarav,

    You have written 5 paras and then in last you did not mention 0.5 just .5/5 that has triggered all this rage am sure. People will guess it like 5/5....as you know everyone today is in hurry to know Friday reviews.

    People who read movie reviews can be of any age group any demographic so please understand that if you put across few lines that will do as well just mention your point and rating....that should help. Metro cities cost of living has raised lot and is very high so no body wants to spend there hard earned money on bullshit movies it can be anyone like students, working middle class people, nuclear and joint families, lovers, couples,..migrated people who come from small towns and villages for jobs and survival..

    An NGO survey finding is that more than 68.7% of metro population cant afford to buy multiplex tickets if they do by planning and saving and the movie turns out very bad you can understand how that person should feel because he will not get his money back ever ...so few honest lines of movie and rating out of 5 should help.

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  19. Its really good movie.. i donno wt d hell this ppls gives 2 n less stars to this.. frm me its really 3.5 or 4 stars..
    Good storyline, good horror and good screenplay

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  20. being a citizen of this country..GAURAV RAI has the right to give his opinion..u guyz...GET A LIFE and CHILL !

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  21. This week filmmakers bring to you ‘Aatma’ which in fact suits best to compliment ‘I Me Aur Main’ in the worst movie list of 2013. The filmmakers should seriously take some tips from the Hollywood on how a horror movie is made. Yet again, the tactics are old and annoying.

    As been shown in the trailer, Aatma is about the relation of a mother (Bipasha Basu) and her daughter. And what happens when the ghost of her husband (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) returns to take back his daughter.


    ‘Aatma’ is just woven with a bit of drama and some emotions. On the scale of horror, it fails to impress you. Though it is loaded with a few good scenes in the first half but even they fail to scare you of your nerves just because of their predictable nature. The script is weak and so is the direction. Oops did I mention the climax, it is even worse and lame.

    It seems like Bipasha Basu won’t stay for long in the industry if she keeps on doing such films. First it was ‘Raaz 3’ and now it is this one. Nawazuddin Siddiqui does impress you on a few scenes, especially the one where he suspects his wife talking to some other man and beats her up, but overall he too disappoints. He is new to the industry and his potential is much above what he does here. Among others, Jaideep Ahlawat and Shernaz Patel are satisfactory.

    One thing I can definitely assure you, ‘Aatma’ has no new in it. So if you’re going this one for something interesting, Mind you Stay Away from this. You would be disappointed otherwise.

    Rating- 1.5/5

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    1. abey sale ab tu bi review dera kya?
      pagal pehle hi gurav ko itne gali derehe tu ek naya critic ban ke ghumraha hey..

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    2. chindi choro ka adda dikra yeh..
      kaun bole toh unneh review pekra..
      just movie deko enjoy karo
      sab log taran bana chatey hai kya?

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    3. chindi choro ka adda dikra yeh..
      kaun bole toh unneh review dera..

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