Diya is a 2018 Indian bilingual horror thriller drama film directed by A. L. Vijay and produced by Lyca Productions. The film stars Sai Pallavi and Veronika Arora in the lead role, while Naga Shourya portrays the male lead.
The plot revolves around Thulasi (Sai Pallavi) and Krishna (Naga Shourya). Thulasi gets pregnant in her teens because of Krishna, but their family decides to abort the child. After 5 years, they get married, but Thulasi is not very happy because of their past. Later, Krishna explains to let go of the past, and soon she comes out of that pain and starts leading a happy life.
The truth that is happening around Thulasi and Krishna is their little unborn girl Diya (Veronika Arora) has always been with them all along invisibly. When Krishna’s father (Nizhalgal Ravi) comes to meet Krishna at his new flat, Diya sees him and starts following him to his house. The next day, he is found dead in the water tank of their building. This is Diya’s plan for revenge. Later, when Thulasi’s mother (Rekha) comes to visit her son in law’s (i.e., Krishna’s father) funeral, Diya starts following her and kills her in the elevator. As the death case is handled by SI Agni (Priyadarshi (in Telugu)/ Raghavan (RJ Balaji (in Tamil)), he comes to the conclusion that both of them are dead due to asphyxiation.
When Krishna and Thulasi visit the hospital, they meet a doctor (Sujitha) who also happens to die in a car accident because of Diya. There rises a suspicion within the investigating team that who ever meets Thulasi and Krishna are dying due to the same reason. One day, Thulasi’s uncle comes to visit her. Thulasi looks at her family picture and suddenly realizes that the deaths surrounding them are happening for the same reason – when she was pregnant with Diya, she was forced by her mother, father-in-law, uncle, the doctor, and Krishna to abort the child. Realizing that her uncle may be the next to be killed, Thulasi calls him but is too late as a huge container falls on him, killing him instantly. Thulasi thinks Diya is with her and calls out her name, to which she responds by making the carousel doll move, making Thulasi realize all the deaths are indeed because of her. She tries to tell this to Krishna and insists she has to be with him always so that Diya won’t kill him, but he doesn’t believe these stories and takes her to a psychiatrist.
One day, Krishna gets a call from the construction site and leaves without telling Thulasi. She panics and calls him, but he hangs up the phone. When she reaches his site, she saves him just in time from a crane carrying a huge block that was about to hit him. Krishna still doesn’t believe in Thulasi’s suspicions and at a priest’s suggestion to have a Pooja, they make arrangements, but Thulasi dreams about those people burning Diya and she is suffering in pain, so she sends the priests away. Meanwhile, Krishna meets the psychiatrist, who suggests that Krishna go somewhere alone and switch off his phone for 2 days, and Thulasi will finally stop panicking once he returns safe and sound.
The next day, Krishna is gone, and Thulasi is worried and keeps searching for him. Diya takes this opportunity and tries to kill Krishna by making the walls of his room close in on each other to crush him to death. Meanwhile, Agni/Raghavan thinks whatever Thulasi says is true and goes in search of her, but he finds that she met with an accident and is unconscious, so he takes her to the hospital, where they try to revive her heart. Thulasi’s spirit sees Diya and stops her from killing Krishna. Krishna now understood that Thulasi was right. The doctors are able to successfully revive Thulasi, and she is happy that she finally met Diya. The movie ends with a message about abortion.
Directed by A. L. Vijay
Produced by Allirajah Subaskaran
Written by A. L. Vijay, Ajayan bala
Starring Sai Pallavi, Naga Shourya, Veronika Arora, Gandhari Nithin
Music by Sam CS
Cinematography Nirav Shah
Edited by Anthony
Production Lyca Productions
Distributed by Naveen
Release date 27 April 2018
Running time 100 minutes
Language Tamil – Telugu