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

Posted on November 17, 2017


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.

For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH:

Copyright ©2017 Film Companion.