: Two families have a tough time dealing with a revenge-seeking spirit, which is strangely connected with one of its members
: In an industry where there is no dearth for horror films of various fashions, Aval managed to create attention, because of some tall claims from the makers. Based on a true incident, the movie starts against the backdrop of a hill station somewhere in the north east region. Set in 1930s, a Chinese family, comprising of a father, a mother (who is expecting baby), and a daughter is introduced. A tragedy happens in their life, after which we are taken to the present time. The beginning is impressive, for, the premise has been set up for a spooky plot in a huge stand-alone house surrounded by hills in an unusual place, quite far away from the locations we get to see in an average Tamil horror movie.
Cut to the present time, a happy couple - Krish (Siddharth) and Lakshmi (Andrea) - leads a content life. A family of five members - Paul (Atul Kulkarni), his daughter Jennifer aka Jenny (Anisha Victor) and others, become the couple's neighbour. The two families get along well in no time. When everything goes well, Jenny starts behaving in a weird way, which brings psychiatrist Prasad (Suresh) to the limelight. Post his primary observation, Paul and Krish become hopeful of sorting out the issue with ease. However, they get to know that things are going out of their hands when one of the family members is possessed by an evil spirit, and hence seek the help of Joshua (Prakash Belawadi), an exorcist. A parapsychologist, too, offers help to both the families.
Meanwhile, Paul and Krish manage to get some clues about the history of the tragic Chinese family from an old woman in her late 80s. Quite shaken with some of the information they gathered, the families start preparations to avoid untoward incidents as they realised the threat from a revenge-seeking spirit. One of them has a strange connection with the spirit, too, which makes thing worse. How both the families manage to tackle the unanticipated dangers takes the story forward in an interesting manner.
A lion's share of horror films follow a similar pattern in flashback stories, the revenge pattern and in spirit possession. Aval doesn't have an all-new story which we haven't seen or heard. But what makes it a refreshing watch is the slew of neatly arranged and engaging sequences with ample twists which are expected from a horror flick. The captivating background score and adequate cinematography act as catalysts to the tight screenplay, which is devoid of deviations. The performance of the lead actors, too, comes in handy. Siddharth and Anisha, excel in portraying of complex characters, while Atul, as the doting and concerned father, is apt, and Andrea, as the loving wife, is acceptable. To say the least, Aval joins the list of well-made horror flicks made in Kollywood.