Bipasha Basu hates to be known as the ‘face of horror genre’, but at the same time she is glad that she has been able to make it popular in Bollywood. Bipasha hopes that her upcoming supernatural thriller Aatma opposite Nawazuddin Siddiqui, directed by Suparn Verma, will strike a chord with the audience.
Talking to MAIL TODAY, Bipasha stressed how horror as a genre hasn’t been properly explored in Bollywood. Having starred in films such as Raaz, Rakht, Raaz 3 and the latest Aatma, the actor enjoys working in these films. “Horror films evoke a certain kind of emotion in the audience. As viewers, you will have an expression coupled with excitement. One can be scared, choked with emotion, can cry or laugh, but one can never fall asleep in between while watching a crisp horror film,” Bipasha said. “Raaz 3 managed to gross Rs.94 crore, which is huge money for a film made on a modest budget. The film was enjoyed by both the masses and the classes, which goes on to prove that the audience is looking forward to watching films in this genre,” she added.
“Aatma does not have a predictable plot but is a technically advanced film with an emotional story about a family. The 4D sound effects make it more emphatic on the screen and those who have watched the rushes feel that the story is different from what most of the horror films have to offer,” added Bipasha, who is equally glad that the film has helped her push aside her ‘sexy siren’ image. “I don’t mind being referred to as sexy, as every woman in this world wants to look great and sexy. But, I am looking forward to doing roles which have deeper thoughts attached to it. I want a film which narrates a meaningful story and is enjoyed by the audience. I cannot see myself working in a film, which is abstract and unappealing,” she said. Aatma is about Maya’s relationship with her abusive husband, who tries to take her five-year-old daughter to the other world after his death. Nawazuddin’s presence has made a major difference in increasing the depth of the film. “Both of us belong to different schools of acting and coming together for Aatma was a whole new experience,” Bipasha said.