Ali started his career as child artist and was later promoted as hero through Yamaleela by SV Krishna Reddy. Though he played hero in several other films, none of them could reach the range of Yamaleela. Last year, Ali's film Gundammagari Manavadu gave him some solace. Though he turned hero, he did not keep himself off from his routine comedy roles. In the backdrop of several comedians turning heroes, Ali once again came up as a solo hero with Jyothi Krishna and Tejasri in the female lead in Tinnama Padukunnama Tellarinda. Ramkumar made his debut as director through this movie.