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Aval Movie Review: The Siddharth Starrer is Hauntingly Good and Full of Surprises

Aval Review
Written by Poorva Tamhane

Aval is a trilingual horror film, shot simultaneously in three languages; Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. The movie has been co-written and directed by Milind Rau. It tells the story of a happy couple who faces some unknown horrors when a family moves into their neighbourhood.

Aval Movie

Aval starts off with the introduction of a Chinese mother and daughter set in the 1930’s. There is an odd scene of the daughter stepping out of a well and hugging her mother. Fast-forward to 2016 and a young married couple Dr. Krish (Siddharth) and Lakshmi (Andrea) move to a home in Madhya Pradesh. There is an interlude of a song wherein we’re told about the couple’s love and their eventual marriage. Soon after they settle into a life of routine, a new family moves in next door and there is a housewarming party for all. Everyone seems to be getting along and having a good time. It is short-lived however.

The lives of the couple and their new neighbours seem to be going well until the neighbours kid Jenny (Anisha Victor) falls into a well and it is up to Dr. Krish to save her. Jennifer is a bit of a rebel and when she steps out of the house to have a smoke she picks up some belongings of a dead person. A series of paranormal incidents takes place and starts affecting the life of people around her. To keep the movie engaging there is a psychiatrist, a pastor and a tantric as well who come into the picture and try to solve the mystery of the horrors.

The sleek presentation of Aval gives us shock, horror, fear and even makes us feel nauseous. The filmmakers have gone all the way with the sole purpose of terrifying the audience. The movie can be appreciated for its tightly written script and great performances which is unlike the Tamil film industry when it comes to horror. Aval is currently playing in theatres.

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