First Look Poster
|Directed by||Alphonse Putharen|
|Produced by||Karthik Subbaraj|
Rajeev Govinda Pillai
|Music by||Rajesh Murugesan|
|Edited by||Anil Krishnan|
Stone Bench Creations
Aviyal is a 2017 Tamil independent anthology film written and directed bysix directors: Alphonse Putharen, Shameer Sultan, Mohit Mehra, Lokesh Kanagaraj, and Guru Smaran. Actors Nivin Pauly, Bobby Simha, Rajeev Govinda Pillai, Arjunan, Ramachandran Durairaj, and Deepak Paramesh have featured in the short films included in the anthology. Produced by Karthik Subbaraj's Stone Bench Creations, it was their second venture after Bench Talkies – The First Bench.
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. 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. 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. The first look of the film was released by the team of Karthik Subbaraj's Iraivi in late January, while a theatrical trailer was unveiled in early February.
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