Telugu cinema chachipotundi anukuntunna ee tarunam lo , Manam laanti oka ageless, timeless cinema teesina Director Vikram ki, manadariki ichina Akkineni kutumbaniki naa paadabhivandanaalu .
Asalu ilaanti idea raavatam ento, ee idea execution ki Akkineni family oppukovatam ento, eppudu lenanthaga Akkineni chaitanya kooda kummeyatam ento, Nagarjuna tana moosa cinemalaki dooramga oka chikkanaina chakkanaina cinema cheyatam ento gaani, idantha Telugu prekshakula punyam, Telugu kalaamatalli adrustam . Ee punyam aa punyapurushidiki aarti ivvatam kanna goppadi ledu.
This has to be the best performance of Nagarjuna ,just a notch less than Annamayya. Such movies make a complete actor. Initially i was a little apprehensive of Shriya pairing up but that flashback episode cant be made more perfect. That marriage scene where Shriya jumps onto Nagarjuna has to be the best scene of the movie and can watch movie once again just for this one scene.
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The idea of rebirth of parents and children trying to get their parents together is such a lovely idea and has been presented in such a novel fashion that cant believe this is a telugu movie. The thought of interchanging their names for reel life is such a excellent gesture and +10 marks just for that thought. The confrontation scenes between ANR and NagChaitanya and the scenes where all 3 are present gives you some unknown cinematic pleasure.
ANR just makes screen larger than itself and there cant be a better tribute to the legend than this film. Samantha has rocked the first half with both the variations in character and Nagarjuna has excelled in both roles. There is no doubt that there cant be a better actress than Shriya in emoting with eyes. Nag Chaitanya has matured himself by leaps and this will definitely change his prospects. Cameo by Akhil covered what would have been the missing perfect portrait.
The use of clock tower and symbolism of 14 Feb with similar incidents keeps the cinematic values alive. Music and BGM made sure film is not being overboarded and felt lengthy and brought soothing nature to a wonderful effort. Screenplay has been top notch and this movie has to win award especially for screenplay.
I only wished that there were no paranormal memories to bring Samantha and NagaChaitanya together and there could have been an interesting thread . And just wished there would have been less costly vehicles instead of Audi , BMW and a suzuki superbike clashing in climax 🙂 Its heartening to see such costly climax as a car lover . Nagarjuna –NagChaitanya scenes were a little irritating but were compensated with an excellent story thread of Nagarjuna-Samantha.
This movie will be remembered until there is Telugu cinema just like a Mayabazaar, Gundamma katha , Shankarabharanam etc . No words can justify this effort and this better tribute except #ANRLivesOn.
Proud to be a Telugu Cinema goer and Thanks for this film.
PS- This is from one of the blog of a movie journalist .
“Someone rightly said, ‘Manam isn’t a movie, it’s an emotion.’ I can’t help but smile at that statement. As a movie, it doesn’t really hook you into believing that miracles happen. But then it transcends everything – doubt, consciousness and soul. That’s the emotion which triumphs in the end. In this case, the film which is playing in your mind is different from what you see. And that’s a clear sign that it has transported you into an alternate reality where you begin to explore what you have lost and why life is the only true miracle.”