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Aarti Kaushik is the main antagonist of the 2012 Indian horror film Click, based off the Thai horror film Shutter, which had Natre as the basis for her.

She's portrayed by Sneha Ullal.

Biography

Avinash Mehra, in a live-in relationship with model Sonia, accidentally hits a young girl while speeding away from a party. Avi makes Sonia drive them both away from the scene since she was driving the car, but they only face worse after they get home. Strange pale mists are found in Avi's photos, and Sonia starts having unusual feelings and reactions that begin to unnerve her. Avi also develops a severe neck pain and he weights over two-hundred and sixty pounds despite a fair weight and figure, as well as soon starts having experiences similar to Sonia's, and both are further horrified when Avi's best friends all kill themselves by identical means. It's soon found out a spirit is haunting them all has a connection to Avi's college life.

Meanwhile, Sonia finds out that Avi was friends with a girl named Aarti Kaushik during his college days. As Avi and Sonia are still being haunted by Aarti they go and visit her, but they find Aarti is dead, having apparently committed suicide by using a knife. Aarti's mother believes that she is still alive, thinking that she is merely ill and will recover. On the way home, Aarti continues to haunt Avi and Sonia, and again during the night at the hotel she also haunts Avi in his sleep, ending up with him being thrown off the fire escape. Later, Avi is in the hospital and Sonia tells him that Aarti will be cremated, and they visit her funeral before returning to their home town. Sonia finds some photos of Aarti, where she is crawling to get something. As she follows the pattern indicated by Aarti, Sonia discovers photos of Avi's dead friends raping Aarti.

When Sonia talks to Avi about this dark secret, he tells her that he only wanted Aarti to understand his feelings, but that when his best friends tried to talk to her, Aarti insulted Avi's friend Tarun, Tarun resenting the insult and leading to the friends gang-raping her. Avi claims that when he entered the room he was shocked at the scene and tried to help her, but that Tarun then said that Avi had asked them to rape her as a way of avoiding jail, and accused Avi of planning to do this to her and having one of Avi's friends taking the pictures, all to threaten him to never report the crimes. Avi then tells Sonia that the reason he kept the photos was to remind him that he failed to protect Aarti and say he is the guilty one. However, Sonia leaves him and wishes him that Aarti may forgive him.

Later on, Avi attempts to kill himself in the same way his best friends did, but as a polaroid camera clicks towards him, he sees Aarti sitting on his shoulders. Avi is suddenly thrown through the window, and ends up in hospital, where it is revealed that the reason why she was sitting on his shoulders was that Aarti had still loved Avi. As Sonia makes another photograph of Avi, she speaks to Aarti, asserting that one day she will let go as the reflection in the mirror, showing Aarti still leaning on Avi's back.

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