Avunu is a paranormal activity horror-thriller with the theme of monophobic hallucinations and spiritual haunts.
There is a gated community called Classic Homes situated about 30 kms from Hyderabad. Harsha has bought house no 72 there and occupies it with his newlywed wife Mohini (Poorna). Soon strange things start happening in the house. The lonely wife is terrified by the paranormal activity. Then she accosts the ghost. A police officer (Ravi Babu) enters to investigate. There is also a psychiatrist. The thriller then gets the most unpredictable twist before the climax.
Poorna has given an outstanding performance as the haunted woman. She is truly brilliant. Harsha Vardhan Rane is confident and convincing. Ravi Babu is immaculate as the police officer. Chalapathi Rao is good, as usual. The others are ok in their roles.
Ravi Babu has written a thrilling story and his taut screenplay keeps the suspense until the superb twist and climax. The dialogues are to the point. The background score is very apt and enhances the narration values and the fear factor. Sound design is good. Cinematography is vivid and vital. The computer-generated imagery ( CGI) effects are excellent. Editing is sharp and crisp. Production values are in accordance with the theme of the film and budget.
Ravi Babu has stated that he wrote the story based on a true life experience narrated to him by actress Yami Gautam. But, he made the film in such a gripping fashion that Avunu will be a treat to all those who are addicted to the horror-thriller genre. Even for the regular commercial cinema goer, this film would appeal because this is not exactly a horror film. It is a very intelligently made film that is worth a watch.
The Cast and Crew
Poorna, Harsha Vardhan Rane, Chalapathi Rao, Ravi Babu, Rajeswari, Gayatri
Music : Sekhar Chandra
Producers: Prasad V Potluri & D Suresh Babu
Banners: PVP Films & Suresh Productions
Written & Directed by : Ravi Babu
3 out of 5
Review by Deen Kumar
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