It’s been a while since Siddharth’s film hit the marquee. The talented actor’s next is Gruham (The House Next Door in Hindi and Aval in Tamil) is finally releasing in Telugu this week. With Sid being part of the film’s production (Siddharth’s Etaki Entertainment co-produced the film), all eyes are on Gruham. Since the film got good reviews in Tamil and Hindi, naturally, expectations on the Telugu version are high.
Will this be Sid’s comeback film? Check out our review.
Krishna (Siddharth) is a reputed neurosurgeon in the country. He is happily married to wife Lakshmi (Andrea Jeremiah). The newly-wed couple have great time until D’costas come as their neighbours into a large, independent house. Costas befriend Krishna and Lakshmi in no time.
Paul (Atul Kulkarni), his old father (Kabir Bedi), wife, elder daughter Jennifer D’Costa (Anisha Victor), his younger daughter Sarah all live happily. However their happiness don’t last long. Their world comes crashing down when Jenny starts behaving weird. Initially, it is mistaken as health complication. Only upon thorough analysis, they come to know that a Chinese ghost infiltrated into her.
How Krishna is connected to Jenny? How is his world affected? What does the ghost really want?
Sid has excelled in his role. While he has nothing much to do till the end, he shows his acting brilliance in the climax episode. Yes, the end justifies the means in this film. Anisha Victor has got under the skin of the role of Jenny so well. At times, she acts as a happy-go-lucky girl who is in her teens, and the next moment, she scares us with her ghost acts. She is a brilliant choice of director Milind Rau.
Kabir Bedi has very little to do. He has been wasted. Suresh is okay as a psychiatrist. Andrea did a fine job. She does very naturally in the romantic scenes. She is easy on eyes too. Atul Kulkarni is alright. The Chinese couple did a neat job.
Slow First Half
Siddharth had never before tried his hand at horror. So, this brings freshness to Gruham. Barring this, director Milind relies on cliched plot, predictable twists to enthrall the viewers. While he succeeded partially with enough scary scenes – all thanks to audio, visual jolts, the film falls short due to slow first half. Milind has actually taken so much time in establishing the characters and their natures. This really tests the patience.
The real story and the film is second-half. Although the flashback is good and explains everything, by that time, it would be too late. Even Sid’s role has been revealed only in the end that downplays his role.
However, the technical aspects of the film makes it a visual feast. Although heavily inspired from several Hollywood horror flicks, Gruham has its moments that are worth your ticket price.
Gruham gets you hooked to seats till the end. Watch it. It won’t disappoint you.