'Darpok' Bipasha Basu new face of fear
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She calls herself a darpok in real life but she is part of several horror films including the upcoming Aatma. Bipasha Basu on what attracts her to the genre
Are you a fan of horror flicks?
Basically I am fond of films and I want the Hindi film industry to churn out all kinds of films. Now that I have worked in some supernatural thrillers, I find them to be great entertainers. Fear is a new emotion in the Indian market and a good way of entertainment, but horror is neglected genre. There are hardly any high quality films made in this genre. I feel we need to make more of these.
What do you think will make Aatma work?
There are many layers to Aatma. It is a strong human drama about a mother's maternal instinct and a father's attachment to his child. It's more than just a film that scares you.
Is it true that something eerie happens when shooting for a supernatural thriller?
I cannot say for others, but yes, during the shooting of Aatma something spooky did happen when we were shooting the first scene. There were two pictures, one of Mahatma Gandhi and the other of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar on the wall and suddenly without any provocation, Gandhiji's picture tilted a little and fell. We have a footage of that.
Do you believe in the supernatural ?
I am very religious and believe that everyone has an aatma, a soul, and that there is an after life for all humans, but I am not overly ritualistic.
What is the most important ingredient of a horror film?
A great story! No film can work without an engaging story, not even a horror flick.