How about some Hindi ghost story goodness? Well this time out, I thought we might take a quick look at 2013’s “Aatma: Feel It Around You”, starring Bipasha Basu, Doyel Dhawan, and Nawazuddin Siddiqui. It’s been another of those films I’ve wanted to see for quite some while, but locating a DVD has been terribly, terribly frustrating indeed. My dogged pursuit has finally paid off, and at last I’ve gotten a look-see at all the ghostly goings-on and can do a proper review.
Our synopsis goes like this: “Abused wife and mother Maya discovers that her precious daughter Nia seems to have invented an imaginary friend… one that turns out to be Nia’s father Abhay, whom Maya divorced and who has been absent from his daughter’s life ever since. This is disturbing enough, given that her violent husband is in actuality dead in an automobile accident, although Maya kept that a secret from Nia. Her daughter, blind to his monstrous side, worships him still and aches for her father’s return. A return that brings his evil spirit back to the Mortal World to seek out his ghostly revenge on Maya and all those he feels responsible for trying to separate them and those trying to keep him from taking Nia with him back to the Other Side.”
An interesting plot… especially given the usually shabby way women get treated in Hindi film. I crossed my lil’ fingers that this time out, the usually misogynistic nature of Hindi film might give way to something less patronizing and let our heroine strike back against the well entrenched gender roles forced on them by a very male centric culture. It’s a horror film… and fantasy usually lets more liberal ideas loose… Did it break free? Let’s find out, shall we?