Their neighbours is a family of three - Harsha's colleague (Chintu), and his wife (Bhargavi) and son (Master Chakravarthy). The kid sees ghosts and speaks with them and claims that he spoke with a ghost called captain Raju. Everyone thinks it is just a child's play but the ghost slowly starts harassing Mohini. Rest of the drama is all about the ghost and its games with Mohini.
After a recent string of successes like Nachchavule and Nuvvila, director Ravi Babu comes up again with a good film. This time he has picked up thriller genre. His Avunu offers good chills, thrills, and keeps the suspense till the end neatly. At 115 minutes, Avunu is a taut thriller with no deviation from the main plot.
The story completely revolves around a house and the main character Mohini played by Poorna. The good thing is that Ravi Babu stays away from including songs or comedy track. Since the plotline is very genre specific, he has created innovative scenes to provide the thrilling moments. Especially, the way he has used Automated Lighting system in a house for his storyline is commendable.
The film's pace never slows down and the director has maintained the suspense till the end. Performance of the lead actress Poorna is another major advantage to the movie.
But again, the film`s plot line is not novel. The director seems to have inspired by many horror thrillers. The couple landing in a sparsely occupied gated community and ghost element is similar to that of Stanley Kubrick's The Shining (1980). In the original film, a couple with their kids comes to a hotel. The kid starts talking to his dead grandfather and the hospital scene in the climax is straight copy from Sixth Sense (1999). The climax sequences remind us of Hollow Man (2000) and Paranormal Activity.
When you are watching the film, these references hardly matter as the director has handled the film in a taut manner.
Poorna has carried the film entirely on her shoulders. As a newly wed girl terrified of a ghost in her house, Poorna comes up with pretty good performance. She has brought out the vulnerability of her character with her expressive eyes.
As Poorna's hubby Harshavardhan Rane is decent. In other roles, Chalapathi Rao and Rajeshwari provide some laughs; Sudha, the kid Chakravarthy, Chintu and Gayathri are good in their brief roles.
Dialogues by Nivas are perfect. Ravi Babu's trusted technicians - cinematographer Sudhakar Reddy, art director Narayana Reddy and music director Sekhar Chandra (the film's no songs) - have helped the director achieving good results with their work. Editing is slick.
With this thriller Ravi Babu shines again. He always has this knack for coming up with better results with a minimum budget and fewer locations. As a writer and director, Ravi Babu is in good form now.
Ravi Babu's Avunu is a well-made thriller that ends in a jiffy manner with just 115 minutes of runtime. It has no cheap comedy or sleaze. A decent genre specific horror movie with some good chills and thrills. Those who love thrillers would definitely love it more.