Aval (transl. Her) in Tamil, Gruham (transl. Home) in Telugu, and The House Next Door in Hindi, is a 2017 Indian horror film co-written and directed by Milind Rau. Shot simultaneously in the three languages, the film stars Siddharth and Andrea Jeremiah in lead roles, with Siddharth also working on the film as a co-producer and a co-writer. The film was released on 3 November 2017 to mostly positive reviews in all languages and became a success.
Dr. Krishna (Siddharth), a successful brain surgeon, and his beautiful wife Lakshmi (Andrea Jeremiah) live peacefully in their beautiful house under the mountains. Their perfect life together is now disturbed after a family moves into the house next door.
Jennifer (Anisha Angelina Victor) is a troubled teenager and neighbour of Krishna and Lakshmi. Losing her mother at the young age, she has turned out to a rebel. While she doesn’t despise her caring stepmother, she never misses a chance to throw tantrums at her either. But, she loves her Halfsister Sara.
Jennifer’s rebellious nature makes her do things like smoking for example. During one such time when she sneaks out of the house for a smoke, she picks up some belongings of a dead person. And a series of paranormal incidents abound that affects the lives of the people around her. Jennifer’s new house is haunted by ancient spirits, and one of them is bloodthirsty. Aval is not just a conventional humans vs devil narration. It has an angle of good spirits vs bad spirits and how the living suffer as they are jammed between this supernatural tug-of-war.
Siddharth as Dr. Krishnakanth “Krish”
Andrea Jeremiah as Lakshmi
Anisha Angelina Victor as Jennifer “Jenny”
Atul Kulkarni as Paul
Suresh as Dr. Prasad
Avinash Raghudevan as Psychic
Prakash Belawadi as Pastor Joshua
Bhawana Aneja as Lizzy
Deeraj Vaidy as Krish’s Friend
Khushi Hajare as Sarah