Aviyal (film)

Aviyal is a 2016 Indian Tamil-language independent anthology film which consisted four short films directed by Alphonse Putharen, Shameer Sultan, Mohit Mehra, Lokesh Kanagaraj and Guru Smaran. Actors Nivin Pauly, Bobby Simha, Amrutha Srinivasan, Rajeev Govinda Pillai, Arjunan, Ramachandran Durairaj, and Deepak Paramesh have featured in the short films included in the anthology.

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First Look Poster
Directed byAlphonse Putharen
Shameer Sultan
Mohit Mehra
Lokesh Kanagaraj
Guru Smaran
Written byAlphonse Putharen
Shameer Sultan
Mohit Mehra
Lokesh Kanagaraj
Guru Smaran
Produced byKarthik Subbaraj
StarringNivin Pauly
Bobby Simha
Amrutha Srinivasan
Rajeev Govinda Pillai
Ramachandran Durairaj
Deepak Paramesh
CinematographyMathan Gunadeva
Suriya Rajarajan
Selvakumar S. K.
Kugan Palani
Anand Chandran
Edited byAnil Krishnan
Alphonse Putharen
Philomin Raj
Prasanna GK
Boopathi Selvaraj
Music byRajesh Murugesan
Javed Riaz
Shammeer Sultan
Vishal Chandrasekhar
Anthony Daasan
Raghu Dixit
Stone Bench Creations
Bench Flix
Distributed bySri Thenandal Films
Release date
  • 11 March 2016 (2016-03-11)

Produced by Karthik Subbaraj under his Stone Bench Creations and Bench Flix, it was their second venture after Bench Talkies – The First Bench, which was initially launched after the phenomenal response of the latter.[1] The project Aviyal was launched earlier on November 2015, and the film was distributed by Thenandal Films, which had a theatrical release on 11 March 2016.


Shruthi Bedham Kalam Kanneer Anjali Eli
  • Arjunan as Dosa
  • Ramachandran
  • Praveen Kumar


Following the encouraging response to Bench Talkies – The First Bench (2015), Karthik Subbaraj announced plans of releasing a second anthology of short films soon after the initial project had released.[1] The anthologies will be released under his Bench Flix, an initiative driven by Subbaraj's production house Stone Bench Creations, to provide reach and recognition to independent short film makers by distributing their short films across different avenues such as theaters, television, in-flight entertainment, radio and digital platforms.[2]

In November 2015, a second production titled Aviyal was revealed to be in the editing stages, though the release of the film was delayed as a result of the 2015 South Indian floods.[3] Subsequently, in January 2016, it was revealed that the anthology of films would include Alphonse Putharen's Eli starring Nivin Pauly, while other actors including Bobby Simha, Arjunan Nandakumar and Amrutha Srinivasan would appear in the film.[4]


Soundtrack album by
Released12 February 2016
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelThink Music
Rajesh Murugesan chronology
Action Hero Biju
Javed Riaz chronology
Vishal Chandrasekhar chronology
Jil Jung Juk

The film's soundtrack album features six tracks (of four songs and two instrumentals) composed by Rajesh Murugesan, Javed Riaz, Shammeer Sultan, Vishal Chandrasekhar, Anthony Daasan and Raghu Dixit, with lyrics written by Shameer Sultan, Suryaa Balakumaran, Mani Amudhavan and Charukesh Sekar. Excluding Daasan and Dixit, four of them also contributed to the film's background score.

1."Masura Pochey"Shameer SultanShameer SultanGantasaala Raju3:31
2."Kaatrodu"Surya BalakumaranVishal ChandrasekharAnandi Chandrashekhar3:34
3."Cinemakaaran"Mani AmudhavanAnthony Daasan, Rajesh MurugesanAnthony Daasan3:39
4."Aviyal"Mani Amudhavan, Charukesh SekarRaghu DixitAnthony Daasan2:46
5."Many Moods of an Accordion"InstrumentalVishal ChandrasekharVishal Chandrasekhar3:10
6."Fight Till Finish"InstrumentalJaved RiazJaved Riaz2:13

Marketing and releaseEdit

Aviyal was premiered at the 13th Chennai International Film Festival on 10 January 2016.[5] After receiving positive response from the audience, the makers unveiled the first look and the first teaser on 22 January 2016, by Vijay Sethupathi and Bobby Simha who worked with Karthik Subbaraj in Iraivi (2016) in late January, while a theatrical trailer was unveiled in early February.[5] The film opened up in more than 70 screens in Tamil Nadu, 30 screens in Kerala, and in a few screens in the US on 11 March 2016.[6]


Baradwaj Rangan, writing for The Hindu, stated "Aviyal, the second anthology, is a huge improvement—not just in terms of craft and performances, but also because the filmmakers don’t expect us to watch with caveats."[7] M. Suganth of The Times of India gave 3.5 out of 5 stars and stated "The shorts in Aviyal are streets ahead of those that formed the first edition, Bench Talkies. They are daring, wacky and fresh. A couple of these films even manage to transcend the made-for-TV visual style of shorts."[8] Behindwoods gave 2.75 out of 5 and stated "Aviyal does a smooth job of entertaining the viewers and most certainly does not disappoint. Though after the movie one might feel the pang of the absence of a usual movie pattern, the satisfaction of having watched something new and offbeat will make up for it."[9] S. Saraswathi of Rediff gave 2.5 out of 5 stars stating "Karthik Subbaraj’s Aviyal may not be an exotic dish, but does have all the ingredients of a fun and wholesome meal."[10]


  1. ^ a b Nath, Parshathy J. (4 March 2015). "Short cut to success". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 4 January 2021.
  2. ^ "Bench Talkies - A View". www.moviecrow.com. Retrieved 4 January 2021.
  3. ^ "Indian Television Dot Com | Culture Machine and Bench Flix join hands for Bench Culture". indiantelevision.com. Retrieved 5 February 2016.
  4. ^ "Alphonse Putharen and Nivin Pauly join for 'Aviyal'". nowrunning.com. Retrieved 5 February 2016.
  5. ^ a b James, Anu (23 January 2016). "First look poster, teaser of Karthik Subbaraj's anthology film 'Aviyal' released [PHOTO+VIDEO]". www.ibtimes.co.in. Retrieved 4 January 2021.
  6. ^ Subramanian, Anupama (9 March 2016). "Aviyal to arrive soon!". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 4 January 2021.
  7. ^ Rangan, Baradwaj (12 March 2016). "Aviyal: A lip-smacking mix of shorts". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 4 January 2021.
  8. ^ Aviyal Movie Review {3.5/5}: Critic Review of Aviyal by Times of India, retrieved 4 January 2021
  9. ^ "Aviyal (aka) Avial review". Behindwoods. 11 March 2016. Retrieved 4 January 2021.
  10. ^ Saraswathi, S. "This Aviyal is not an exotic dish". Rediff. Retrieved 4 January 2021.

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