Mail Review : An Ode to Early 2000s Nostalgia


Movie: Mail

Rating: 3/5

Released On: January 12, 2021

Streaming on: AHA

Producers: Swapna and Priya Dutt

Director : Uday Gurrala

Music: Sweekar Agasthi

Cinematography: Uday Gurrala and Shyam Dupati

Editing: Hari Shankar

Cast: Priyadarshi Pulikonda, Harshith Malgireddy, Sri Gouri Priya Reddy,Vannarn, Srikanth Palle, Ravinder Bommakanti and Anusha Netha.

 

Cinematographer and first-time director Uday Gurrala’s ‘Mail’ has started streaming on AHA OTT platform since12th January 2021. Produced by Swapna and Priyanka Dutt, chapter 1 of Kambalapally Kathalu which stars Priyadarshi and Harshith Malgireddy oozed the pure charm, innocence and the nostalgic Telangana village atmosphere prevailed in the early 2000s perfectly.

Story/Plot

Inter passed out Ravi (Harshith) Malgireddy is in awe of computer since its first sight and he wishes to buy one. But he could not due to his financial status. At the same time, he is also forced to take up BCOM in degree instead of computers.  Meanwhile, Ravi falls for his fellow villager Roja (Sri Gouri Priya Reddy )and the director captured the rural romance between them in a realistic manner. One day, Hybath(Priyadarshi) who has little knowledge of computers, opens an internet gaming center in the village. Now, Ravi finds a way to reach Hybath and learns a few basics along with opening a mail account. Eventually, Ravi happens to get a mail stating that he won 2 crores on the internet. What unfolds later is the rest of the story.

Technical Aspects

Director Uday Gurrala can be credited for capturing the Telangana village atmosphere in the early 2000s in its true form and spirit. He also succeeded in making the characters behave naturally. Especially, the director should be patted for projecting Priyadarshi in a completely different body language and style. Somehow, he could not keep the viewers glued to the screens until the end. The screenplay could have been better. Chopping of few scenes would have helped to keep it crisp. Cinematography by Uday Gurrala and Shyam Dupati is soothing to the eyes and Sweekar Agasthi’s music is also fine. Especially, he did a good job with the background score. Hari Shankar should have been a little stringent in his editing.

Artists Performance

Although it is promoted as Priyadarshi’s film, Harshith Malgireddy gets to play the main lead. Priyadarshi brings life to mail with his top-notch performance once again. In fact, he nailed the character wonderfully well with serious expressions and body language. Harshith Malgireddy played the role of innocent village boy fittingly and Sri Gouri Priya Reddy looked expressive and carried the charm of a girl living in rural areas effortlessly. All the remaining artistes also breathed life into their characters with their natural acts.

Highlights

  • Priyadarshi
  • Nativity, Natural Slang, and Performances
  • Comedy
  • Cinematography
  • Nostalgic days of the early 2000s
  • Background Score

Final Verdict

Promises a good view but fails to engage on few occasions.