Tenali (2000)

 ●  Tamil ● 2 hrs 44 mins

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Thenali (Kamal) is a traumatized Sri Lankan Tamil, who is beset by a variety of elaborate phobias. A psychiatrist Panchabutam (Delhi Ganesh), convinced that Thenali would be in possible to treat, refers him to rival shrink Kailash (Jayaram). The doctor takes an instant dislike to his new patient, while his wife (Devyani) and sister (Jyothika) take more of a liking to him than Kailash would like. Will the doctor succeed in curing his ailments and mould him into a better-adjusted human being?
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Cast: Jyothika Sadanah, Kamal Haasan

Crew: KS Ravikumar (Director), Priyan (Director of Photography), AR Rahman (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romantic Comedy

Release Dates: 26 Oct 2000 (India)

Tamil Name: தெனாலி

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Did you know? The album also featured the song "Injerungo", which became the first noted song of lyricist Thamarai, who used Jaffna slang within the song. Read More
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as Janaki
as Tenali Soman
Special Appearance
Special Appearance
as Kamakshi
as Kanthaswamy
as Dr Panchabhootam
as Dr Kailash
Supporting Actor
Supporting Actor

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Director

Production

Production Company
Production Manager

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Screenplay Writer
Story Writer
Dialogue Writer

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography

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Art Director

Editorial

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Stunt Coordinator

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Visual Effects Supervisor
Film Type:
Feature
Language:
Tamil
Spoken Languages:
Telugu
Colour Info:
Color
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35:1
Stereoscopy:
No
Tracklist
Music Director: AR Rahman
01 
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Arivumathi
02 
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Arivumathi
03 
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Thamarai
Playback Singer: Kamal Haasan, KS Chithra
04 
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Piraisoodan
Playback Singer: Srinivas, Gopika Poornima
05 
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Derek Peterson
06 
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Mauro Ranallo
Trivia:
"Thenali" successfully completed its 175-day runs across halls in South India. A success meet of thid was also held with Rajinikanth.

This film went on to win three Tamil Nadu State Film Awards with Thamarai picking up the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Lyricist and Krishnamurthy won the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Art Director in the technical award categories. Jayaram received a Tamil Nadu State Film Award Special Prize for his role in the film.

The film was dubbed into the Telugu language as "Tenali" under the production of singer, SP Balasubrahmanyam.

A film was planned to remake in Hindi with Shahrukh Khan in the role played by Jayaram was discussed, but the project failed to materialize.

The song "Swasame Swasame" from the soundtrack, was re-used in the climax of the Hollywood film "The Accidental Husband".

The album also featured the song "Injerungo", which became the first noted song of lyricist Thamarai, who used Jaffna slang within the song.

The soundtrack of the film was composed by AR Rahman, with lyrics written predominantly by newcomers.

The story of the film was inspired by the 1991 Hollywood movie "What About Bob?", directed by Frank Oz.

Vivek rejected the film when offered.

Mohanlal was the initial choice to play Kailash and actress Simran was the original choice for the role of Janaki, but Jayaram and Jyothika later took the roles.

Actress Meena appeared in a guest role.

The film was launched at the Kalaivanar Arangam in Chennai, Y Gee Mahendra appeared as a compere and with Rajinikanth as chief guest.

Kamal Haasan played as a Sri Lankan Tamilan in the film and took lessons from prominent television host, Abdul Hameed to get the right accent.

Most of the scenes in this movie were shot in Ooty, while some song sequences were shot in New Zealand.
Movie Connection(s):
Dubbed into: Tenaali (Telugu)
Dubbed into: Shree Yogi Yatiraj Vasudevanand Saraswati (Marathi)