Telugu movie Manam, which has been written and directed by Vikram Kumar, has created headlines for several positive reasons. Mainly, it has been hyped the most because it features three generation stars of Akkineni family, which is happening for the first time in the Indian cinema. This is the last movie of late legendary actor Akkineni Nageswara Rao, who died of cancer on January 22, 2014. Manam is a comedy drama film, which is perfect family entertainer. The lead actors’ performances are the main attraction in the movie. Vikram Kumar’s script and engrossing narration, Harshavardan’s dialogues, Anoop Rubens’ music, PS Vinod’s camera work, beautiful lyrics, a few comedy, romantic, action, dance and sentimental scenes and beautiful locales are other highlights of the film.
Less screen space to ANR and a few illogical scenes between Naga and Samantha are its drawbacks. Vikram Kumar has written a beautiful story for period drama Manam, which spans 100 years lying between 1920 and 2020 with a reincarnation angle in it and is based on the concept of eternal love. He has included all the commercial elements in the screenplay, which will impresses all classes of audiences. The romantic scenes between Naga Chaitanya and Samantha keep you entertained in the first half, while Nagarjuna and Shriya Saran’s amazing chemistry engages you in the second half. Every moment of the film is engrossing and there is not a single scene that bores you. Radha Mohan (Naga Chaitanya) and Krishnaveni (Samanta) are a married couple, whose relationship has hit the rough patch. After they die in a car accident, their son Bittu grows up and becomes a rich and successful business man in Nageswara Rao (Nagarjuana), who gets the shock of his life, when he meets Nagarjuna (Naga Chaitanya) and Priya (Samanta). Nageswara Rao tries to develop love between the young couple and get them married. One day, he accidentally helps an old man Chaitanya (ANR) and also meets Anjali (Shriya) in the hospital. This time it is a shock for Chaitanya, who sees Nageswara Rao and Anjali together. Why is Chaitanya shocked? How are these characters connected to each other? Answers these questions will form crux of the story. Vikram Kumar’s characterisation is brilliant In Manam and everyone has delivered superb performances in the movie Manam. With his excellent concept, the director has brought three generations of Akkineni family together in one frame, which a treat to watch on screen. ANR has brief screen presence, but it is impressive and the best thing in the film. Nagarjuna and Chaitanya share a sizzling chemistry, which is hilarious. The scenes between ANR and Naga Chaitanya in the second half are also good to watch on screen. The three generation actors’ drinking scene is hilarious. When compared to Shriya Saran, Samanta has probably the best role and she has delivered a best performance. Her chemistry with Nagarjuna and Naga Chaitanya is superb. She steals the show in the first half, while Shriya does it in the second half. Shriya has also given a beautiful performance and her chemistry with Nag is fantastic. Manam has sound production values and Anoop Ruben’s music is the main attraction in the technical front. All his composition are melodious and help the director to run the entire show smoothly. His background score is also big asset of the film. PS Vinod’s camera work is brilliant and it is a visual treat for the audience. Other technical departments have also done a brilliant job in the movie. Overall, Manam is a perfect family entertainer and it is director Vikram Kumar’s unique script that makes the movie a brilliant experiment. The movie is high on entertainment quotient and it is treat to see ANR, Nagarjuna and Naga Chaitanya together on screen. Don’t miss it this weekend. Continue Manam stars’ review in