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 the slideshow.
Gopi Mohan @Gopimohan
Manam first half completed.Enjoyed the film.It is very good & pleasant film to watch.Feast to watch Akkineni family:) Manam is a treat to film lovers.Well made film in Telugu.A grand farewell to Legendary ANR garu.A mighty welcome to future star Akhil.Superb I fell in love with Nagarjuna gari characterization & his performance...12 years back Santosham pair Nag & Sreya rocks again in Manam :) Manam Direction is Wonderful.Top Notch.Two thumbs up to Vikram.Vinod camerawork is simply superb.Anup Rubens rocks.Good Production values
Lakshmi Manchu @LakshmiManchu
Just finished the first half of #manam Loveeeeeeeeeeeeeee it. Can't wait for the 2nd half. Still hungover w #Manam feel. I am super excited for the Akkineni family. Every dept did a fantastic job. Go watch today.
Deva katta @devakatta
"Manam" is fun, mesmerising at evry frame. A sweet feel good, full family full meal film. aa aa ee ee naerpina ammaki guruvunu avuthunnaa.....aa...adugulu nadakalu naerpina naannaki maargam avuthunnaa..." - lyrical "Manam"
Pooja Hegde @hegdepooja
My belief has always been that Life is all about Love..n so is #Manam..A beautiful film n a MUST watch!proud of u @chay_akkineni..all d best. Mind blowing cinematography,fabulous acting n an even better screenplay..don't need 2 knw d language 2 understand d film.just feel it
Sriram Varma @sriramForU
#manam 1st half, Such a sweet feel watching the movie, PS VInodh photography on top notch.Eagerly waiting for the 2nd half @Samanthaprabhu2
Graphics, action sequences , mass elements ivemi avasaram ledu....heart touching feel good story unte chalu ani prove chesthunna #Manam It's a classic which will be remembered for a long time to come...a must watch #Manam
#Manam was the sweetest homage to ANRgaru,Nags best ever performance. Shriya in a new image!enjoyed dubbing for her.Pls go and watch-sunita
Dr. Prasadbabu @pb_tfi_fan
Everything at its best -> Cute Romance, Heartfelt Sentiment, Actors at their best, everything at its Best.A beautifully told Classic -#Manam
Nikhila reddy @nikhila_reddy
@Samanthaprabhu2 hey sam😍 we travelled 2.5 hrs for d premiere show in NY n we left d hall wit a wide smile n love #Manam was really special
#Manam is a pefrect tribute to ANR. Simple writing and brilliant execution makes this film as one of the memorable movies for the Akkineni's
Harsh C @HarshaAdonis
Director Vikram is simply superb.. He handled each and every scene with utmost care.. Very well written and brilliantly executed.. #Manam Simple screenplay is the grand asset here.. And performances??? Outstanding is the least word I could say @samanthaprabhu2 #Manam..
SS Rajamouli @ssrajamouli
The legendary ANR. My whole hearted appreciation to the director, Vikram for making a complicated story seem simple. The film warms ur heart. Makes you laugh, brings out a tear or two and makes you long for more. all the actors performed their heart out. Really lovd Nagarjunagaru's Subtle performance and chaithu's matured performance. What can I say about Nageswararao garu!!only one thing..
Shobu Yarlagadda @Shobu_
Thoroughly enjoyed #Manam. Beautiful, sweet, funny and romantic!! Must watch with the entire family!
Hats off to MANAM TEAM ... What a movie .. What a send off to the legend .. Great man , Great film , awesome family .. Cheers :) #Manam
Allu Sirish @AlluSirish
MANAM is a classic. Period. Dont have words. One of the best Telugu films. So happy for the Akkineni family. Vikram is a genius. Do watch! Akkineni varandaru oke frame lo chala chudamucchatga unnaru. Whatte beautiful send off for ANR garu! And the "surprise" was super! :)
Rana Daggubati @RanaDaggubati
The finest telugu film in recent times. #ANRliveson and with this beautiful story. Another classic in his collection memorable films.