‘Mail’ movie review: Priyadarshi and Harshith shine in director Uday Gurrala’s story from Kambalapally

Debut director Uday Gurrala’s movie is a nostalgic journey to rural Telangana when the private laptop was a luxurious

The Telugu function movie Mail, now streaming on Aha, is one other reminder that there is no such thing as a dearth of close-to-reality tales. Director Uday Gurrala ushers us into Kambalapally village in Mahabubabad district, Telangana, and captures individuals as they’re, slowly unravelling their day-to-day lives and aspirations. But once more, we have now Venkatesh Maha (of Care of Kancharapalem) and Malayalam cinema to thank for encouraging extra Telugu filmmakers to relate tales that mirror region-specific ethos. After the latest Center Class Melodies, that is one other movie that tries to maintain issues reasonable and endearing.


  • Forged: Priyadarshi, Harshith Malgireddy, Gouri Priya
  • Course: Uday Gurrala
  • Music: Sweekar Agasthi, Kamran
  • Streaming on: Aha

It appears to be like like a easy story however has sufficient scope to point out how individuals can use something new as a device of energy to implement a social hierarchy, or worse, take the gullible for a trip.

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Within the late 90s, the clunky private laptop and printer had been prized possessions. Pc labs in faculties and schools had been sanitised areas — footwear on the door, and the PC was dealt with with trepidation and reverence. Web penetration in rural pockets took time. Uday incorporates these nuances into this story set in Kambalapally within the mid 2000s.

Ravi Kumar (Harshith Malgireddy) eyes the monitor, keyboard, CPU and the UPS with awe when he goes to examine his highschool board examination outcomes. Again then, those that knew to function the PC thought of themselves larger than those that don’t. The primary half hour establishes the aspirational worth of a pc course for a rural 18-year-old. For other people, like Ravi’s father who toils within the fields, the pc is mysterious and unaffordable.

Ravi is wide-eyed in admiration when Hybath (Priyadarshi) opens a cyber gaming centre. Kamran’s background music equates Ravi’s craving for the PC to a romance. Somewhat later, Ravi falls in love with Roja (Gouri Priya), a fellow scholar. Had there been a contest between the pc and Gouri to win Ravi’s consideration, it may need been a troublesome name!

The method of Ravi studying to make use of a pc, from Hybath, follows a depraved gurukul sample. Ravi borrows cash to purchase liquor for Hybath and in flip, makes use of the PC.

The issues that matter to college students are delineated with refined humour. Somebody who flunked the exams is miffed with a buddy who handed in third class, who in flip is irritated at somebody who scored top notch. Ranks matter when checked out from the prism of oldsters who’re roughing it out in order that the subsequent technology can have higher jobs. Harshith is a delight to look at because the harmless and enthusiastic teen; Gouri as Roja and Mani because the buddy Subbu completely match into the movie’s world. Priyadarshi is efficient because the smug Hybath and that is one other credible addition to his repertoire.

As soon as the admiration for the pc and social dynamics are established, nothing a lot occurs for a while. The languorous storytelling is deliberate. Out of the blue, issues take a flip when Ravi will get an e-mail in his inbox. The remainder of the story explores what occurs when a gullible tech novice believes what he sees in his inbox.

A number of different characters who till then have been on the fringes, acquire prominence. Had this been a Malayalam movie or an Anurag Kashyap movie, issues would have taken a darkish flip.

Nevertheless, the surprising flip of occasions in the direction of the top appears befitting to the characters. Mail is indie-spirited and has its coronary heart on the proper place. It isn’t utterly engrossing; there are locations I want the story moved a little bit sooner. The rooted milieu and the performances make up for it. Ravinder Bommakanti because the moneylender Shivanna and the opposite smaller rural characters are all properly solid. The panchayat debate on laptop virus and what follows is enjoyable.

Sweekar Agasthi, who has emerged because the go-to composer for individuals who need to narrate rooted tales, delivers once more. Uday additionally handles the cinematography together with Shyam Dupati and presents Mail in a documentary style, the place the country fantastic thing about the area is captured with out indulgence.

(Mail streams on Aha)

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