Superstar Mohanlal's Malayalam family entertainer "Vismayam" ("Manamantha" in Telugu and "Namadhu" in Tamil) was released on Friday, August 5 all over India. National film award-winning filmmaker Chandra Shekhar Yeleti has helmed the movie, which also stars Gauthami, Viswant, Raina Rao, Anisha Ambrose in lead roles.

Mohanlal plays a middle-class man, who works as an assistant manager in a supermarket. The movie, which is the debut Telugu project of the superstar, marks his reunion with "His Highness Abdulla" heroine Gauthami after 26 years.

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It is the first release of Mohanlal in 2016 and he has dubbed for his character in all the three versions of the film. This is the first time three movies of the superstar are hitting the theatres on the same day in his acting career spanning 36 years. In a recent video posted on his Facebook page, Mohanlal has requested his fans to watch the family entertainer, which narrates the story of four different people. 

"Vismayam" also has Urvashi, Nassar, Vennela Kishore, Dhanraj, Parachuri Venkateswara Rao, Gollapudi Maruthi Rao, Praveen, Naveen Neni, Ayyapa, Harshavardhan and P Sharma in key roles. It is being produced by Sai Korrapati under his production banner Varahi Chalana Chitram.

Here is what the audience has to say about "Vismayam":

SS Rajamouli

Manamantha will remain a top class film in the career of Chandu and Vaaraahi Chalana Chitram. Chandu has a knack of extracting fantastic performances from his actors. From a seosoned actor like Mohanlal garu to a 4 year old kid every one will make you smile laugh and cry and will remain in our hearts and thoughts for a very long time. The way the film began the way it was weaved and the way it ended is a text book for every film student. Congratulations to the entire unit. Everyone who worked in the film can proudly say he/she is a member of Manamantha.

Vivek Ranjit

Vismayam - The movie follows a heavily melodramatic narrative which is the norm in the Telugu industry so it might initially a deterrent while watching the movie in Malayalam, along with the dubbing and translated dialogues (both of which are partly good and partly poor). Too many songs (with silly dubbed lyrics and singing) also spoil the flow. But the last 30-40 minutes and climax of the movie in spite of being melodramatic, touched my heart and made up for all the shortcomings until then. Though the climax can be guessed quite early on, it's lovely to see how it unravels. The role of Sairam is not at all a challenge for Lalettan but it will be a great experience for the Telugu people to see his performance. And yes, it has been really long since we saw him without the burden of the superstar status which is a good feeling. Urvashi is hilarious. Nice to her back in form after Uttama Villain. And there was a whole lot of difference in how seasoned veterans like Lalettan and Urvashi dubbed their lines compared to the others. Gauthami and the little girl were also really good. Vismayam can be watched once for Lalettan, Urvashi and the touching climax which the whole movie gradually builds up towards. And I hope Lalettan takes up more such subjects and roles in Malayalam as well.

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#Vismayam Good One Average First Half & Good Second Half Last 20 Minutes Screenplay & Direction Lalettan Superb 3.25/5 Sure Hit

Krishna Kumar 

Vismayam : It is a good family thriller movie. It narrates a new, fresh story in a beautiful way. Mohanlal, gauthami are in the leading roles. I dont want to say anything about the story because it affects the thriller nature of movie. Try to see it. Surely it will wonder you as the films title says. Rating = 3.5/5

Rahul Radhakrishnan

Watched Vismayam..Good Family Class Entertainer... Equal Role For Four Characters... Simple First Half And Good Second Half For The Movie.. Last 20 Minutes Very Interesting... Good Performance From Our Lalettan... Direction And Screenplay Also Good.. Congrats Team ‪#‎Vismayam‬ 3.5/5

Vinesh Viswanath

Guess who is back? ;-)Vismayam (y)Good one. Except the average screenplay , bit rough edits and typical Telugu drama it was a good experience for me :-)if it was made in mollywood, kurekoodi kidukiyene..Lalettaa.. happy to see ur "actor" version <3

Siddharth Menassery

Vismayam Review. To be very frank, Vismayam is one such film which satisfies all kind of viewers after Drishyam...Yes Lalettan is back with a bang after a few failures.. :)

Deepak kannur

‪#‎vismayam‬ ‪#‎lalettan‬ ‪#‎magic‬ ‪#‎again‬ oru cheriya chithrathinte valya vijayam.. veendum oru drishya vismayam.....Good 1st half...2nd half & climax superb.... Kidu.....


#Vismayam - 3.25/5 Watchable movie with few thrilling elements. 2nd half could have been crisp. Another stellar performance from @Mohanlal.

BMS users

Boring Movie Predictable climax Mohanlal is Good not awesome Urvasi done an excellent acting but story, direction is only Average other actors were not gud Totally a boring film better avoid this Rating 1.5/5

Its a come back movie for mohanlal. Done his role natural and perfect .Sairam will make your eyes full of tears. first half was excellent because natural comedies and the way the director brings the story.second half was emotional thriller.And this was presented in a different way. if you want see a new mohanlal you should watch it.because it is something special in eyes.

good simple movie. neither art nor commercial!! brilliant effort by team especially director to create that climax. reception if this movie in Andhra and Telangana will decide what Tolly crowd wants.

bad story, lagging..Mohan Lal body language not good. .I don't know why these cnima choose Lal? he is great actor. .but now bad luck. he will back again. sure

Lalettan disappointed us much lagging in 2nd half...dont know how is other malayalam version disgusting..wait for lalettans comeback continues

Yes. Form is temporary , class is permenant.. A must watch movie. Excellent comeback from Mohanlal... Loved it.. Sure hit.. Loved the child character also

Just beautiful. Marvelously crafted and wonderfully executed. Everyone has portrayed their charactes to the best. One of the best movies i have seen in recent times. A must watch!

vismayam : I donno how come the name VIsmayam . the movie is all about emotions at the deep . juzt a movie for making tears without any trueline. a lagfful movie with an unrelated story line. my rating 2/5.

Santhosh Varkey

I saw my rolemodel Mohanlal's new movie "vismayam" which is a class movie.i will give 8.5 marks out of is a story of middle class family where Mohanlal's character is father of an engineering student and a daughter,Urvasi and gauthami's performance is superb.very good and thrilling climax.very good script and direction.

Santosh Eppalapally

Chandrasekhar Yeleti's best after Aithe and Anukokunda Roju. Gowthami steals the show over Mohanlal. The little girl who played her daughter is brilliant.