Interview: Milind Rau, the director of Aval / Gruham / The House Next Door

Posted on November 17, 2017

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The latest episode in our series called ‘One Film, One Facet,” where we speak to ONE person responsible for ONE facet of ONE  film. This time, the film is Aval / Gruham / The House Next Door, and the facet is direction.

Milind Rau, the director of Aval, Gruham, The House Next Door, talks about the craft involved in directing a horror film. How he alternated between letting the various departments do their own thing and micro-managing it all. He explains what he did in the areas of colour, sound design, background score, cinematography and editing — and how these (and other departments) came together in the pre-interval exorcism sequence. (He talks about this scene in detail.) He tells how he tried to second-guess the viewer in terms of the scares. And about the classic horror films (The Exorcist, The Omen, Ringu) he used as a reference point, and also paid homage to.

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