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Diya Review

U/A Horror Apr 27, 2018





Diya Review & Rating


Diya, a psychological horror thriller essaying a very complex theme of abortion and motherhood is helmed by AL Vijay. The movie marking the debut of Sai Pallavi has Nirav Shah heading the cinematography with music scored by Sam CS. Diya has been packed with amazing talents like Nag Shourya, RJ Balaji, Stunt Silva performing prominent character roles. This Lyca Production venture is the 8th collaboration of AL Vijay and cinematographer Nirav Shah. Check below for the review.

AL Vijay's Diya revolves around the story of abortion and how the consequences affect the couple family. The horror element comes when the unborn child tries to kill the couple for being the reason and cause for her death. The movie starts with the soothing and peaceful ambience with happy romance sequence and bonding within the family of the characters played by Sai Pallavi and Nag Shourya. Slowly things would turn upside down with the couple's decision to abort and there starts AL Vijay's craft in bringing the horror lined to a theme which is socially very relevant. AL Vijay's previous movie Devi featured romance and comedy mixed with horror and with Diya, he makes things complex and it has hit right at the audience. With thrilling sequences, the director has mastered to get his message reach out the audience with fear and realization.

AL Vijay has lined the structure of Diya as a revenge thriller with a lot of emotions involved. The unborn child becomes the ghost and starts haunting the couple essayed by Sai Pallavi and Nag Shourya. The revenge on her own parents is the key element in Diya. Sai Pallavi, with just a few numbers of movies, has done an amazing job portraying a complex character in Diya. Her characterisation by AL Vijay is absolutely giving goosebumps. The dilemma created in her character's psychological state was brilliantly done with a lot of life by the Premam girl. She excelled both as the mother who regrets her lost child, and the wife who is frantically trying to save her husband. Where Nag Shaurya had nothing much to do with this horror thriller as Diya was completely travelling through the emotions of Sai Pallavi and the character Diya performed by Baby Veronica. Baby Veronica's performance as Diya is a proving that the director has a special talent in nurturing child actors to bring the best for him.

Nirav Shah is one of the top cinematographers in the country and the director's favourite companion has shown his brilliance again with his visuals. The frames composed by him has pitched perfectly with the Background music scored by the Vikram Vedha music director Sam CS.The CG works in the horror scenes, the minute shots, the tone and grading and the use of brilliant effects, Diya joins the list of movies packed with technical brilliance.

With all those good elements in the movie,director-writer AL Vijay misses out space the scenes with more elements to keep the audience engaged to fullest. Somewhere in the course of Diya, the screenplay loses its path from a revenge horror-thriller tone and moves it to the core of what the director wants from Diya. Having removed some cliches and added more thrilling elements Diya would have been a lifetime experience but AL Vijay has done justice to deliver a message which is much important and relevant to the society.

Final verdict: AL Vijay's Diya is a beautiful movie filled with emotions, complexities and elements of horror, that reaches out to give a good message.

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This week witnesses wide release of the bilingual psychological horror thriller movie Diya directed by AL Vijay. The movie featuring Nag Shourya, Sai Pallavi, Baby Veronica in the lead roles has hit the theatres today. With Lyca Productions extreme effort the movie was released all over the country. Let us check the audience response to this Sam CS musical horror thriller.

With the second horror genre movie released after the TFPC strike, Diya is keeping the movie buffs and Tamil audience with curiosity and expectation very high. AL Vijay's Diya is getting the good response and enters o the director's list of good family entertainers. Though the movie falls into the genre of horror, the director-writer Vijay tries to deliver an important message to the society especially to the present cluster families.

This Sai Pallavi Kollywood debut movie gets appreciation from all corners of the cine-world. Sai Pallavi after the sensational blockbuster Premam is definitely stealing the Tamil audience with her excellent performance. The actress is praised for delivering out the emotions of her character in Diya. Sai Pallavi has balanced her role well as a mother and a loving wife. Baby Veronica has also given her best as the title character Diya.

Diya is getting praises for its magical frames created by the veteran cinematographer Nirav Shah and its pitch-perfect blend with Sam CS's chilling background score. With Diya, this Vikram Vedha musician Sam has joined the big league of Kollywood's best music directors. He has definitely kept the audience fall for Diya's complex emotional sequences and horror scenes.


 AL Vijay gets applauded for the effort put to inculcate a very serious issue lined with a different treatment and bringing in apt actors for the role. While the director is being praised the writer in AL Vijay gets negatives as he forgets to keep the audience more engaging with suspense, more horror sequences, and powerful screenplay. The less space provided to Nag Shourya and RJ Balaji has also become a minus for Diya.

With first day reports of Diya, the whole team of the movie and Lyca Productions can be happy as it is getting the good response. Though the movie has little flaws, director Vijay focuses on his core content. It's an emotional family drama driven by mother-child sentiment, with a subtle horror thriller angle. Baby Veronica and Sai Pallavi's Diya is worth watching for the family audiences.

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What is Diya about?

Diya which is touted to be a psychological horror thriller drama directed by AL Vijay that features Mollywood fame Sai Pallavi in the title character role. The bilingual movie Diya is a women-centric film discussing the issue of abortion and how a woman is affected mentally and physically by it. The movie also features RJ Balaji, Nizhalgal Ravi, Naga Shourya and Veronika Arora in important character roles. Diya has Music scored by Sam CS with Nirav Shah for cinematography, Jayashree Lakshminarayanan as art director, and Antony the editor.

What to expect from Diya?

AL Vijay the director

AL Vijay has been a successful director Kollywood and his this directorial venture
is surely one of the most expected movies of him. AL Vijay has always been a 
brilliant craftsman when it comes to portraying women characters in the movie and Diya being a woman-centric movie, he will surely bring the best of the character and make it reach to each and everyone. Diya will be his second bilingual movie that is spiced with horror, his previous movie with Prabhu Deva and Tamannah was a horror comedy movie whereas Diya deals with a serious issue that affects women and the society.

Nirav Shah 

Diya marks the seventh collaboration of the veteran cinematographer Nirav Shah with director AL Vijay. Nirav Shah's composition of frames for AL Vijay's movies have always been appreciated and acclaimed by the movie buffs and critics. The magic in their combination can be traced from movies like Madrasapattinam Daivathirumakal and Saivam. So with Diya, the movie buffs can definitely expect magical visuals from this Endhiran 2.0 cinematographer.

Sam CS 

The Vikram Vedha music composer has become one of the busiest music director-programmer of Kollywood. He has bagged a couple of big-budget movies including Mollywood's most expected movie of the year Odiyan. With Diya's album, this young musician has proved once again his calibre and the audience can really expect his brilliant background scores in this psycho-horror thriller.

Sai Pallavi

Sai Pallavi even before making her entry to Kollywood has made a huge fan following for her awesome performance in the Malayalam movie Premam. Sai Pallavi becomes another major reason for the Tamil audience to watch Diya produced by Lyca Production. The sensational Premam fame actress will mark her debut in Tamil Cinemas with AL Vijay's Dhiya bankrolled by Lyca Productions.

Other features

Diya has a good line up of popular actors like Naga Shourya Nizhalgal Ravi, RJ Balaji etc in prominent character roles and it is packed with the best technicians from the industry starting from the most popular cinematographer Nirav Shah this AL Vijay venture has editor Anthony, Jayashree Lakshminarayanan heading the art department with songs and background music scored by Sam CS. Lyca Productions in association with Ayngaran International will take this psychological horror thriller drama to the theatres.

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