Cast: Akkineni Nageswar Rao, Akkineni Nagarjuna, Shriya Saran, Naga Chaitanya, Samantha Ruth Prabhu
Director: Vikram Kuma
Producer: Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Akkineni Nagarjuna
Music: Anoop Rubens
Written by: Vikram Kumar
Cinematography: P.S. Vinod
Release Date: May 23, 2014. Manam is a Prestigious offering from the Akkineni family and more importantly this is the last movie of Legendary Akkineni Nageswarara Rao garu. The casting and trailers created high expectations among Telugu cinema audience, Directed by Vikram Kumar does the movie live up to expectation. lets See
Movie starts in early 80s with Radha (Naga Chaithanya) and Krishna (Samantha) in a disturbed marriage celebrating his Son Bittu’s Birthday. Next day following the birthday a tragedy strikes, Radha and Krishna dies in a fatal accident at a clock tower ticking 10:20. Bittu grows as a business tycoon Nageshwar (Nagarjuna) finds their reincarnated parents in present day Nagarjuna (Naga chaithanya) and Priya (Samantha). Same Happens to Chaithanya (ANR), ANR finds his Parents Seetha Ramudu and Rama lakshmi in Nageshwar (Nagarjuna) and Anjali (Sriya),. Whether Nagarjuna and ANR successful in re-uniting their parents and whether they all got their previous birth memories forms the rest of the story.
Director Vikram kumar is successful in creating equal screen space for all the characters. The movie is all about destiny and re-incarnations. It is an apt story to include the three star heroes of Akkineni clan. The most beautiful feature of the movie is all the characters looked to their ages, a special mention should be given make-up department.Scenes planned in such a manner that all looks related to the scenes in previous life and current life.There is no space for a separate comedy track, so director is partially successful in creating lighter moments in the actual plot itself, which is an welcome sign. Entertainment redefined, all along the movie we can observe the audience wearing a smile on their face. The Interval episode and the climax will certainly gives you goosebumps.
Casting and Performance:
Nagarjuna as per the story had most number of scenes, his acting in both of his roles as a current business tycoon and past life’s Rich Zamindar is a treat to watch. He dominated Naga chaithanya in looks. Naga chaithanya shown some ease but, but some of his expressions could be better, His Scenes with ANR is Hilarious. He pulled those scenes with elan. Samantha did her part well, she is a performer. Shriya did well too. Brahmandam, Ali, Krishnudu etc., hardly had any space or dialogues.
The real show stealer is Akkineni Nageswararao garu, his naughty expressions in some scenes, his drunken act with Nagarjuna and Naga chaithanya are too good. His Voice over makes you emotional.
Spoilers ahead Amitabhs make an impact with a cameo and Akkineni little lad Akhil made celluloid entry with breathtaking entrance, his entrance is very well planned and executed.
Director Vikram kumar made it countable for the responsibility he was given, Awesomeness of the Director is he executed a complex story easily. Cinematography is superb. Art department is top notch. Editing should be given its due credit. Music by Anup Rubens is good at songs, but background music is not elevating the mood.
Verdict: Go Get the ticket, Cherish the experience