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Aval [Tamil] (a) The House Next Door [Hindi] - Review, Rating

- 3/5
Aval [Tamil] (a) The House Next Door [Hindi] - Review, Rating ఈ సినిమా రివ్యూ ను తెలుగులో చదవండి

What Is Good

  • Casting
  • Music
  • Cinematography
  • Editing
  • Screenplay

What Is Bad

  • Hollywood cliches
Bottom Line: A scare fest that stands out with its horror impact and gory visuals, a winner for Siddharth and team.


Siddharth, who was last seen on screens early last year twice in 2 months with Aranmanai 2 and Jil Jung Juk, returns to films after a break of more than an year, this time with a genre one could have never associated him with - Horror. Directed by Debutant Milind Rau (Technically a debut since his debut has been in the cans for quite a while), this movie has been branded by Siddharth and team as Kollywood's answer to Hollywood horror flicks like Conjuring. Let's see if the team has a winner with this horror flick in our team AP Herald's exclusive first on net Aval review.

The film begins showing a happy couple Krish (Siddharth), a neurosurgeon and his loving wife Lakshmi (Andrea) leading a peaceful life in the Hilly locales of Himachal. All is well until the arrival of  new neighbours Paul D Costa (Atul Kulkarni) and family in their house next door. Paul's daughter Jennifer D Costa aka Jenny (Anisha Victor) suddenly starts exhibiting strange behaviour, and after several paranormal events, and incidents having an impact on the lives of Krish and Lakshmi as well, they realise that there's someone else besides them, living in their neighborhood. Was Krish able to drive away the uninvited guest out of Jenny and the neighborhood and save both Jenny and his family is what the thrilling Aval is all about.

Star Performance

Siddharth, as the loving husband and a man troubled by the events around him, keeping him constantly in thoughts oscillating between his family and questions of existence of spirits. Andrea plays a caring, pretty wife Lakshmi, and after Taramani she has got yet another opportunity to exhibit her acting talents, as she beautifully portrays the scares on screen, in the process generating genuine scares for the audience. Anisha Victor as the possessed girl frightens with her antics, and is a good find. Atul Kulkarni impresses as the father of the possessed girl, and emotes with extreme ease, conveying the pain of a dad and the fear of losing his child perfectly. Suresh as Siddharth's colleague is apt.

Techinical Team

Girish's background score is nothing short of impressive, and with the necessary highs and necessary silences, creates the fright impact and sends chills down the spine. Shreyaas Krishna's Cinematography is world class, and makes the hilly locales of Himachal exactly like a haunted ghost town, and succeeds in playing a key role in generating scares. Lawrence Kishore's taut editing makes sure Aval is a tightly packed thriller at a crisp 2 hours and 17 minutes runtime.

Though his debut flick Kadhal 2 Kalyanam has been lying in the cans for more than 2 years, director Milind Rau has got a golden opportunity to display his potential with Aval, which is also co-produced by Siddharth himself and has made full use of it. Though the premise of a haunted house on hills is a familiar one for Hollywood, it's something new for south audience, and Milind succeeds by lacing the right dosage of  scary sequences in his screenplay that are novel, thereby making Aval a one of a kind experience.


While extracting good Performances from Anisha Victor and Andrea in that order, Milind has also convinced Siddharth in playing the second fiddle in many of the sequences, which actually enhances the impact. Despite having a gripping screenplay and an interesting premise, the extremely scary sequences are not for the weak hearted, and the heavy gory shots are sure to be a turn off for family audience. That apart, Aval is a scary ride that's sure to send chills down your spine, and leave a lasting fearsome impact. Kudos to Siddharth for believing in the script and producing it.

Cast & Crew

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