Movie Rated

Even as the first five episodes of Zee5's Postman ended up being a disastrous watch (read the review here), there was some hope that it would show signs of resurrection in the finale. Sadly, this is not at all the series you should bet your money on. For the uninitiated, Postman is a Tamil web series whose protagonist Raja, a die-hard Rajini fan, a post-man wakes up 23 years after slipping into coma, awakened by the announcement of Rajinikanth's political entry. Raja and his 20s something daughter Rajini (named after his favourite star) are on a mission to deliver the letters that the former couldn't, on the day he became bed-ridden. The series explores how significant the letters are to its recipients and how Raja and his daughter help overcome complications in their lives caused by the letter. Although the premise of Postman sounds promising to span several episodes featuring characters pertaining to each letter, the makers show little or no conviction in building their backstories. The final-five episodes of the series commit the same mistakes that the earlier installment did - there's no emotional investment by any of the actors and the sub-plots are too far fetched to be believable. There's a story about a son who hates his father for not attending to his family needs owing to his transferable job. The father contracts leprosy during an assignment and a miscommunication to his wife leads to their separation. The father pens a letter to his son prior to his death, urging to meet him one last time (which he never does). Other stories are about a husband meeting his long-lost wife after 25 years, two friends on either side of the Indian border reuniting after 70 years of Independence and two warring brothers. There's also a sub-plot in reference to the protagonist's adoption too that doesn't register any impact. This is a series that needed some nostalgia surrounding the past where the viewer feels for the time period, the characters and their unfortunate distancing from their loved ones. Someone like the Tamil filmmaker Cheran, who is terrific in ringing in innocence to the times that have gone by, would have been a great name to helm the series. Postman looks 'staged' and 'rehearsed' most of the time, and Munishkanth struggles to spearhead the series on his own shoulders. There's little doubt about Munishkanth's acting abilities but he's better when being a supporting fiddle to a protagonist rather than taking the burden himself. The Rajini-references don't at all contribute to the plot this time (unlike the first few episodes that at least attempted to do so). The filmmaker Prashanth Gunasekaran is patchy with his execution and seriously needs to relook at his strengths as a storyteller - neither does he extract heartfelt performances from his cast, add some craft and aura to the backdrop nor create tension leading to each episode. Keerthi Pandian as the postman's daughter makes a desperate attempt to look vivacious and charming, but her performance lacks depth. Postman makes a mockery of the premise, its Rajnisms and the reasonably talented cast. Rating: 1.5/5

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