Suparn Verma's upcoming venture Aatma blends elements of domestic violence with horror and the director says lead actress Bipasha Basu went through hell emotionally while shooting the film.
Aatma has actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the lead
alongside Bipasha. The film also stars Shernaz Patel and child
actress Doyel Dhawan in supporting roles.
"Both the actors were willing to go into the unsafe zone
that they have never been in before. For Nawaz it was a very
deep personal space that he had to go in and get totally
psyched about. Bipasha has gone through hell emotionally
during the making of Aatma.
"I mean it has traumatised both the actors. It has
traumatised me while writing it and I can only imagine what
impact it will have on the audience," Suparn told PTI.
When asked why he zeroed down upon the two actors to be
part of his film, the 38-year-old filmmaker said, "I signed
Bipasha before Raaz 3 happened. We began shooting four
months after the release of the film, which is good for us
because it was a huge hit.
"And I signed Nawaz after Kahaani. Gangs of Wasseypur
happened while we were two months into shooting. I did not
base my casting on their last films. I chose them as per the
requirements of the roles," said Suparn.
The journalist-turned-filmmaker made an entry into
Bollywood as a writer for the 2002 film Chhal. He made his
directorial debut with Fardeen Khan starrer Ek Khiladi Ek
Haseena in 2005 and then followed it up with multi-starrer
Acid Factory four years later in 2009.
He has also written the screenplay for other thrillers
including Karam, Zameen and Qayamat.
Aatma stars Bipasha as a single mother and Nawazuddin
as her husband, who comes to take away their daughter after
"It has a simple story line - the mother and father are
fighting and the father has come back to take the daughter but
the big spin is that he is dead. The whole tussle is of love
but with love also comes horror because when love goes wrong
you have casualties," Suparn said.
Aatma will hit theatres on March 22.