It’s quite fun and amazing to see how a technology which is slowly becoming obsolete for the new world finds its existence in a remote place and plays with so many lives of that place. Also , the series of events are quite well-structured to create a fun story that keeps us hooked till the end. The only bothering thing about the movie is the pace.
Uday Gurrala’s Mail is a testament of a village boy’s love with an inanimate object— a computer. Set in a time and place where people need to explain what computer is and the only way to do that is by saying it is ‘just another type of TV’, the film revolves around a guy named Ravi whose only goal is to learn computer. He is so determined to learn computer that he has put posters of different computers on his wall and he chases this goal like a lover chases his/her beloved.
One fine morning, a man named Hybath brings a computer to the village and turns his house-cum-store into a gaming centre. Ravi asks Hybath to teach him computer and Hybath is a kind of guy who believes wearing slippers or shoes can make the computer catch a virus. Meanwhile, Ravi starts falling in love with a girl in college named Roja. Initially, Ravi chases/ stalks Roja in a cliche Bollywood stalking manner but soon he gets so interested in learning about computers that he kind of forgets about her. Hybath teaches Ravi how to open an email account, Ravi is fascinated by the idea that he can get letters from anyone in the world so he starts visiting Hybath’s store everyday to check if he received a mail or not. One night , he gets an email regarding a lottery which alters his life altogether.
Director Uday isn’t interested in showing how a guy who is so fascinated by technology and can change the world around him , he is interested in highlighting how innocent people believe in something unknown to them so easily. Throughout, the movie, Uday beautifully develops instances that highlights how easily the villagers believes in something that they don’t know much about be it mails, false virus alarms, or hypnotism. The director takes us to a world where just one email gives rise to a series of messy events that single-handedly disrupted so many lives of a village and here we are ignoring mails and using it only for office purpose(s). It’s quite fun and amazing to see how a technology which is slowly becoming obsolete for the new world finds its existence in a remote place and plays with so many lives of that place. Also , the series of events are quite well-structured to create a fun story that keeps us hooked till the end. The only bothering thing about the movie is the pace.
As far as the performances go, protagonist Harshith Reddy played his character brilliantly and so did Mani Aegurla. Priyadarshi plays the role of Hybath in a very fun manner and has performed charmingly. Other actors, also gave a noteworthy performance. The music score is on point, however it feels overused at places. Uday also handles the cinematography along with Shyam Dupati and presents Mail in a documentary-like fashion, where the rustic beauty of the village is captured marvelously. Overall, Mail is a fun nostalgic trip to the times when emails where the only ways of communication.
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