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Times of India
A newly-wed couple move into a neighbourhood and have a tough time dealing with a revenge seeking spirit. But the spirit seems connected to their neighbours, so what do they do now?
After 'Anando Brahma' and 'Raju Gari Gadhi 2', it is Siddarth's 'Gruham' that has managed to garner attention. 'Gruham', aka 'Aval' in Tamil, has received rave reviews from critics and audience alike. Also known as 'The House Next Door', the film is based on a true incident. The horror flick starts by introducing a Chinese family in the 1930s - a father, an expectant mother and their daughter. A tragedy shakes their family and back in the present, Krish (Siddarth) and Lakshmi (Andrea) are a newly married couple who lead a content life.
A family of five moves in next door and get along well with Krish and Lakshmi in no time. Everything is hunky dory until the next door neighbour's daughter, Jenny (Anisha Victor), starts behaving in a peculiar manner. Psychiatrist Prasad (Suresh) is brought into the scenario, with him offering a clinical solution to the problem at hand. However, when one of the family gets possessed by an evil spirit, the men of science are forced to seek the help of an exorcist.
How both the families manage to tackle the dangers they face, takes the story forward in an arresting manner. The trope of men of science being forced to seek help from the supernatural and the flashback containing a tragic tale, leading to revenge and possession isn't new. What's new though is the way the film has been made, with engaging scenes and ample twists elevating it to a whole new level.
The background score and cinematography deserve a mention for adding on to the atmosphere the film creates. The screenplay is devoid of deviations and the performances of the lead actors are a plus point too, especially Siddarth, Atul, Andrea and Anisha.
Go watch 'Gruham' this weekend if you're starved for a good horror flick. You know they're rare to come by in Tollywood!