Manam is inarguably a modern day classic. Never before Telugu audience have seen a family drama in such a different view. The film became a sounding blockbuster at boxoffice by taking over 36 cr distribution share. More than the numbers, Manam is close to our hearts for various reasons. Probably, the biggest highlight of Manam is there generations of Akkineni family coming together for one movie. ANR, Nagarjuna and Nagachaitanya have been seen for the first time and also for the last time giving the audience a lifetime experience. Akhil’s cameo and the presence of another Akkineni lady Samantha added extra emotional quote for Akkineni fans.
But this cast was not the initial cast of Manam. Yes, before Nagarjuna heard the script, director Vikram Kumar narrated this beautiful story to Siddharth. While this romantic hero was supposed to play the role what Nagachaitanya played, it was Venkatesh before Nagarjuna and K.Vishwanath before ANR who were considered for respective roles.
Even with the initial cast, the film would have been a huge blockbuster but it would have never given the magic feel of seeing a family together in a film.