Newly married couple Siddharth and Andrea Jeremiah move into a house at Himachal Pradesh, to start a new life. They are spookily welcomed by the kids next door, which only leads the two families to form a friendship. Soon, after the introductions and formal gatherings it is revealed that Anisha Victor, the daughter of Atul Kulkarani, has been possessed by a spirit.
The two families meet up for a causal dinner one night, and all goes well until Anisha jumps into a well all of a sudden. Fortunately Siddharth jumps in, and saves her life on time. After the incident Siddharth, who is a doctor (brain surgeon), advices Atul to take his daughter to a psychiatrist, who after examining her says that Anisha is hallucinating and is influenced by horror stories. The psychiatrist advices them to perform a fake exorcism on Anisha as she believes that she has been invaded by evil spirits.
As Siddharth gets involved with helping Anisha to get better, he and Andrea experience a series of paranormal activities in their home, which haunts and effects them both, especially Andrea. The rest of the plot revolves around, How and will they save Anisha before she is entirely consumed by the spirits? What is haunting both the families? How do they escape from all of this? and most of all who is SHE (Aval)?
In a time where horror comedies are a trend, Aval is refreshing and is a genuine attempt at making a complete horror flick in international standards. The film will surely make a light hearted person to cover their eyes or scream or gives you all a violent jerk at certain places. Director Milind Rauhas done a pretty decent job in the directorial department and have connected all the loose threads in end brilliantly. The screenplay has been wonderfully scripted; especially the flashback portion where the reason to why the families are being haunted by the spirit is really spooky. Yet, the first half of the story is a bit draggy, which eventually makes the audience a little restless.
Siddharth has pulled of his character really well, as a doctor, lover, concerned husband and a helpful neighbour. He once again proves that he has the credentials to be referred as a talented actor. Andrea Jeremiah, who made an impact as an actress since Taramani, seems to be on a roll, as she has delivered a good performance in this film as well. Still, all the credit goes to Anisha Victor, because her performance as a disturbed and a possessed teenager is applause worthy. Atul Kulkarani plays the worried and a concerned father and he has also delivered a convincing performance.
A horror movie is only successful when the background music is on point and scares the bejeezus out of the viewers. Music composer Girishh Gopalakrishnan in that department has justified the movie's genres. Shreyaas Krishna's cinematography skills come to the fore and he has made the film gloomy and creepy as possible.
In short, Aval, is a true attempt at a horror film.