'Aval will definitely be a spine-chilling experience', says actor-producer Siddharth as he talks about his upcoming Tamil release. Directed by Milind, the film features Andrea Jeremiah as the female lead. Aval's trailer was unveiled yesterday and it sure seems to be like a promising terror-filled movie
Apart from the moustache and a few greys here and there, actor-producer Siddharth still reminds us of the boy from Aayutha Ezhuthu Arjun or Munna from Boys. However, he has the mind of a mature artiste, and speaks with clarity, there is no pretense or calculated answers.
Talking about his upcoming film Aval, he says, “There is no doubt that Aval is a complete horror film. Milind the film’s director and I have been working on this script for the last four years. We shot it across 10 months in Himachal Pradesh.”
Siddharth, who has also co-written Aval says that the film is based on true incidents. “This happened to a family, a mutual friend of Milind and me, who lived in Himachal. That is why we were particular in shooting the film there as it happened against the snow-clad mountains,” he adds.
Talking about his role in the film, he says, “I play a heart surgeon and Andrea plays my wife. Atul Kulkarni plays another pivotal lead role in the film. The story is about what happens to a girl named Jenny, played by Anisha Victor and how it impacts everyone’s life around her. I guess I’ve told you the entire story now.” He playfully muses.
A fan of horror films, Siddharth says he wanted to make an international Tamil horror film. “When I come out of theatres after watching Conjuring or Annabelle, I see a sense of satisfaction on people’s faces. Even the English horror films that are dubbed in Tamil go on to become huge hits. That is when I decided to be a part of a film which would give our audience a sense of watching something as good as an English horror film,” he says.
But does he believe in ghosts? “If I answer that, then there will be no excitement for you people to watch the film. But, I believed in the ghost in the script. Also, Aval will answer the questions of people, both spiritually and scientifically. You will not question if ghosts exist anymore. So, get set for a spine-chilling experience,” the actor adds.
Speaking about the on-location experience, he says, “Milind and I are good friends and that sort of gave him the freedom to lose his cool whenever I made a mistake. So, there was a certain comfort level on the sets. And I am collaborating with Atul Kulkarni almost 12 years after Rang De Basanti. We all worked like a family on this film,” he says.
He also addresses his co-star Andrea Jeremiah as ‘Mess’ Andrea Jeremiah and adds, “From Miss Andrea she became Mess Andrea,” laughs Siddharth. “She calls everyone for breakfast, lunch and dinner on the sets. After a point, she started feeding them. Apart from that, she was taking care of the continuity of the scenes. We were wondering why a heroine would do this. Such was her commitment to the film,” he finally adds.
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