ANR(Nageshwar Rao) playing Chaitanya, (NagaArjuna and Shreya are ANR’s Father & Mother Respectively)
Nagarjuna playing Nageshwar Rao and (Chaitanya & Samantha are Nagarajuna’s Father & Mother Respectively)
Naga Chaitanya playing Nagarjuna & Samantha his lady love
Movie Team :
Director: Vikram K Kumar (Director of Yaavarum Nalam & 13b)
Story / Writer: Vikram K Kumar
Screenplay: Vikram K Kumar
Producer: Akkineni Nagarjuna, Akkineni Nageswara Rao
Art Direction: Rajeevan
Music Director: Anoop Rubens
Lyrics: Chandrabose, Vanamali
Editor: Praveen Pudi
Cinematography: P S Vinod
Banner / Studio: Annapurna Studios
Release Date: May 23, 2014
Budget: 45 crore (Approximately)
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Romance
Shooting Location: Mysore, Hyderabad, India
Six-year-old Bittu (Nagaarjuna) is orphaned when his parents(Chaitanya+Samantha) die in a car accident (1983). He grows up to become the leading businessman in India. Thirty years on, he find Chaithanya and samantha again in their next birth. Also, Nageswar Roa has a similar karmic connection that goes back to 1947, where Nagarjun and Shreya are ANR’s Parents (in their Previous births)
If you thought that was confusing wait till the story unfolds – the twists and turns are equally gripping. The story takes lead of how Nagaarjuna makes Chaithanya & Samantha together & ANR making Shreya+Nagarajuna together.
The movie itself is Nostalgic, remembering old ANR days and his dialogues in this movie brings back the comic sense. Example, ANR reminds his grandson Naga Chaitanya “Na youth lo entha godava chesano…entha romance chesano neeke emi thelusu,” in one episode you it’s bound to put a smile on your face. And when he laments, “Prati thagubothu yedava a devadasu peru theesukuntadu,” you know he’s joking about his own legacy. A montage of the iconic song Nenu Puttanu song from Prem Nagarin a party song serves as a reminder that ANR’s been there and done that.
Director Vikram brings the Elements like destiny, romance, re-incarnation and humor in the Script narration. Translating these humorously in big screen without unduly melodramatic has to be appreciated.
Camera work is much appreciable with breezy music that does not fade out,
In 1947 background, Shreya come as a Village girl with French Plait, which is a negligible mistake.
Amithaab does a cameo role, which is a surprise factor of the movie.
Also Akhil ( Nagarajuna Amala Son, get his Extradionary Cameo at the Climax, Remember the Baby’s Day out (Tamil, Chutti Kulanthai)
Conclusion : ANR’s last film, the packed nostalgic elements and family story makes it worth a watch.
Chennai takies gives “Manam” Rating 4/5