Actor Nagarjuna says a cameo by megastar Amitabh Bachchan in his family film Manam, which stars his legendary father, late Akkineni Nageswara Rao (ANR), and his own son Chaitanya, is an "honour to my father's memory". Bollywood actor Big B, who admired ANR greatly, has made a cameo appearance in the film. This is his first appearance in a Telugu film.
In an interview to IANS, Nagarjuna said, "We didn't want Bachchan saab's appearance to be made public. We wanted it to be a surprise. But nothing he does can remain undisclosed. It's just a cameo. I wanted him to honour us with his presence in our family film."
Nagarjuna added, "My father always thought of Bachchan saab as one of the finest actors we have. I thought just having him in my film would be an honour to my father's memory. When I asked him, he immediately agreed."
The heat is on for the release of the movie Manam. Nagarjuna said, "There is a clamour among Andhra Pradesh exhibitors to release the film. That feels reassuring. But we have to make sure that we don't succumb to the temptation of taking all the theatres at our disposal. We don't want to saturate the market with too many prints." Continue to read Akkineni Nagarjuna's interview in the slideshow.