Anupama Chopra's review: Aatma

By Hindustan Times

Direction: Suparn Verma
Actors: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Bipasha Basu, Shernaz Patel
Rating: **

Early on in Aatma, a cop investigating the murder of a young boy says: 'I have a bad feeling about this'. He took the words right out of my mouth.

Aatma is an exercise in extreme parenting. An abusive husband, Abhay (played by Nawazuddin Siddiqui), gets a divorce, dies but comes back as a ghost so he can take his little daughter with him. The mother, Maya (played by Bipasha Basu), fights back with the help of psychologists, pundits, an amulet and a friend who offers her this priceless advice - keep something sharp under your pillow so that the recurring nightmares will stop. Aatma is stilted, predictable and, like most Bollywood horror films, unintentionally funny. For one thing, you have Shernaz Patel, who doesn't look that much older th