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.
Is Nagarjuna Feeling Pressurized?
Nagarjuna said, "When we started making the film, we were not thinking of what other people would think. My grandfather, my son and I wanted to do film together. We're releasing with an unprecedented number of prints on May 23."
Nagarjuna On His Nervousness
Nagarjuna added, "The election results would be out by then. Luckily for us, even the Indian Premier League finals were postponed. So, everyone would be in the right frame of mind to see an important film. I don't think I've ever been so nervous about any film."
ANR's Sixth Sense
Some scenes of Nagarjuna's father could not be completed before his death. But luckily everything that needed to be completed has been taken care of. "My father had a very sharp sixth sense. He perhaps knew the end was near. He completed all the important portions of the film. Whatever remained was not crucial to the plot," he said.
Nagarjuna On Manam Success
The actor said, "Whenever I've made a film without thinking of the box office outcome, it has worked. 'Manam' was made purely from and by the heart. It started as a deeply emotional journey for the family. As it progressed, it became more and more precious to us."
He said, "Of course there is an anxiety within me. My father's fans are looking on the film as a farewell to him. But we're also very confident because all of us have made it from our hearts. Every technician and actor has put his or her heart and soul in it," he said, and added: "'Manam' is a result of our collective prayers."