Manam is an romantic comedy entertainer movie directed by Vikram Kumar. The film stars the late Nageswara Rao, Nagarjuna and Naga Chaitanya along with Shriya Saran and Samantha. Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan done a Special appearance in this movie.
Entire movie deals from the year 1920 to 2013 and this is the last movie of Nageswara Rao. 'Manam' is a story filled with joy and rejoicing in reuniting with the lost ones.
Watch out for that similarities in the behaviour of the two Nagarjunas. When he is wooing his beloved one, one time as a man still a child at heart and the second time as a rich bachelor savouring his moments with his chosen girl, he self-forgetfully loses his social identity to become an individual showing nothing but unconditional love.
It's not wise to compare the performance of Nag and the legendary actor, Late ANR, but somehow the film seems like a Nag film. That fabulous scene in which he expresses a pleasant surprise at having seen his 'father' inside the plane. That fabulous scene in which he becomes nervous when he finds his 'mother', not knowing that he is holding in his hands a book by name 'The world's greatest mom'.
ANR is seen in a one-of-its-kind role. He is full of josh and, like Nag, exudes that child-like rapture at seeing his beloved ones. On the flip side, his role is shorter than one would have expected.
Naga Chaitanya is relatively seen in more number of scenes and he does that rom-com act and everything with ease. He strikes a good chemistry with Samantha, yet again. Samantha, too, has got many scenes and she gets her emotional act right.
But it is her scenes with Nag which are truly fun to watch; she is such a natural in her scenes with Nag. Shreya proves her mettle yet again. Watch her when she says to Nag about impending marriage with some important person who found her lovable.
ANR saying to Chai, "Prathi vadu tagi Devadas antadu," is such a treat to watch. Yes, ANR takes pride in boozing here!
All the main characters have a meaningful place in the story. The climax gives that surreal feel.
Anoop Rubens scored music, while Harshavardan written dialogues for this movie.
The first look poster of the film was released on September 19, 2013, on the eve of Akkineni Nageswara Rao's 90th birthday. Later 2 photos of Naga Chaitanya regarding his look in Manam were released on November 22, 2013 on the eve of his birthday on November 23.
The offical theatrical trailer released on April 8, 2014 on the eve of Sri Rama Navami.
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 togethe..
Manam is not an experiment. It’s an entertainer with romantic comedy and a bit of heart-touching emotion. From a regular moviegoer point of view, I would love to have more gripping pre-climax scenes. I strongly recommend Manam film to everybody. ..
The film packs everything that the trailer promised, plus the not-quite-unknown formula of Past Life Regression. Although we have seen many PLR stories in the past, 'Manam' is special. A complete entertainer that is more than a love story.