Reviewed By: Sai Nikhil
Cast: Harshith Malgireddy, Priyadarshi, Mani Aegurla, Gouri Priya, Ravinder Bommakanti
Director: Uday Gurrala
Streaming on: Aha
Story: In the year 2005 in a small village in Telangana region, Ravi (Harshith Malgireddy) is a BCom student. He is passionate about computers and wants to become a software engineer. Just then, Hybath (Priyadarshi) starts a computer gaming centre in the village and Ravi convinces Hybath to teach him how to operate a computer. Just then, an interesting twist in the tale occurs. What is that and what happens next forms the story.
Performances: Harshith Malgireddy is the protagonist in this film and he is a natural. Not even in a single scene does his performance seem like acting. He is natural and refreshing to watch and he makes us empathize with him. Priyadarshi is good in his small yet important role. All the supporting actors have delivered very natural performances especially Mani Aegurla, who plays hero’s friend Subbu, Gouri Priya who plays hero’s love interest Roja and Ravinder Bommakanti who played the role of Shivanna.
Technicalities: The film is technically neat. Camerawork is neat and good on the eyes. Music is pleasant. The locations are very comforting. Dialogues suit the setup of the film. Editing is neat but there are a few scenes which run longer than required. They could have been trimmed a bit.
Analysis: The story of the film is very simple but it’s the treatment and execution which made the difference. The natural performances, the village atmosphere, subtle humour and unpredictability factor are the main plus points for the film. The only negative is the pace. Though the film is never boring at all, the pace feels a bit too slow and uneven at times. There are some scenes which didn’t have to be stretched so long. The climax brings a smile to our faces and creates a feeling of satisfaction. Kudos to director Uday Gurrala for once again proving that effective storytelling and neat execution can make the simplest of stories work.
On a whole: Mail is a simple tale with effective and realistic treatment. Go for it.