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Manam Review

Manam
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EDITOR RATING
6.0
Performances
Script
Music/Soundtrack
Visuals
6.0
6.0
8.0
8.0
Suggestions
Can watch again
No
Good for kids
No
Good for dates
No
Wait to rent it
No
Vikram Kumar must have had a tremendous amount of pressure on his 2-film-old shoulders. The fact that the 3 generations of the Akkineni family were acting in his movie was enough to send expectations through the roof. And when ANR passed away during the making of the film, and the film thus earned the additional qualification of being ANR's last movie, the pressure must've increased thousand-fold. That the man delivers a fairly decent product under such pressure bodes well for him.

Manam is a completely illogical tale, easy to dismiss as impossible to happen in real life. But in reel life, where liberties can be taken at the creator's whims, Manam is an implausible tale told with finesse. It features a college student Nagarjuna (Naga Chaitanya), a business magnate Nageswara Rao (Nagarjuna), an old man Chai (short for Chaitanya, played by Nageswara Rao), and two lovely ladies Anjali (Shriya Saran) and Priya (Samantha). The lives of these 5 characters intertwine time and again over an 80-year-long period and form the plot of this movie.

The director scripts himself a long tale, and spins a 3-hour yarn with these primary characters. He adds several impressive touches to the film to give excellent period detailing. For the 1980s, instead of dressing up the characters in garish costumes, he simply sets the hero up in an office with transparent walls, big black telephones and switchboards in black. The pre-independence era is recreated by the cars shown around, while the current generation is characterized by the coffee shops and the malls.

ANR has a pretty limited role that starts just before the interval, and he is as wonderful as ever. His energy and enthusiasm shine through, and help in adding this to his list of special roles. Nagarjuna, who had a banal previous release in Bhai, makes a strong comeback with Manam. He looks handsome and acts quite well. He is the sutradhaar of the entire film, and carries it on his shoulders. Naga Chaitanya shows some improvement.

The ladies acquit themselves pretty well - both Shriya and Samantha carry off their dual roles with aplomb. The rest of the cast is barely there, and we do not miss them either.

Anoop Rubens scores good tunes for the songs, and does even better in terms of the background score. The background music when the little surprise comes out in the end is especially nice. The cinematographer does a fantastic job of capturing the different eras, and gives the entire film a superb look. The art department also deserves special mention for the completely realistic sets.

The only issue that Manam has is that it sags quite a bit due to the multiple characters and storylines. It gets quite slow sometimes, and the compulsion they feel to include all the references to ANR's previous films adds to the length.

Manam is indeed a celebration as Nagarjuna mentioned. Give it a go, but only if you can pardon the length and are willing to suspend logic.
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  • Cast
    Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Akkineni Nagarjuna, Akkineni Naga Chaitanya, Shriya Saran, Samantha, Amitabh Bachhan (cameo), Brahmanandam, Tanikella Bharani, Ali, M S Narayana, Jaya Prakash Reddy
  • Music
    Anoop Rubens
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  • Director
    Vikram Kumar
  • Theatres
    Not screening currently in any theatres in Hyderabad.
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TOP COMMENT
Kireeti Bheemavarapu on 28th May 2014, 1:16am | Permalink
The Movie is quite pleasing, this one definitely deserves 8.0 !!
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Good for kids - NA
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Divya on 21st Jul 2014, 10:57am | Permalink
It's a nice movie
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krishna on 5th Jul 2014, 2:40am | Permalink
good movie
Saradhi on 4th Jun 2014, 12:28pm | Permalink
Very nice movie. Who wants a family oriented film must watch. Everyone was excellent in the movie. Although we see the story repetition, that was accounted very well. However, I am little disappointed over the point that the story of Nagarjuna and Shriya was not revealed to them by either ANR or intuition when they find each other. Else the movie was excellent. Akhils screen presence is a blast. May become a very good romantic hero if he choses the subjects carefully.
dinesh on 12th Jun 2014, 6:33pm | Permalink
ya true
Kireeti Bheemavarapu on 28th May 2014, 1:16am | Permalink
The Movie is quite pleasing, this one definitely deserves 8.0 !!
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