The one-time top comedian had supported the DMK party during the last general elections. After the Karunanidhi's party lost the polls, Vadivelu kept himself away from films. There were also murmurs that there was a kind of pressure from his political rivals imposing pressure on the industry not to cast him in films.
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However, now Vadivelu is ready with Thenaliraman, which has landed in controversy after several Telugu groups raised objections over the Tamil flick citing that the film shows King Srikrishna Devaraya in a bad light. They had moved the court seeking a ban but the court dismissed the case.
Thenaliraman is a comedy movie starring Vadivelu, who will be seen in dual roles, and Meenakshi Dixit. It is directed by Yuvaraj Dhayalan and produced by Kalpathi S Aghoram. Manobala, Radha Ravi, GM Kumar, Bala Singh, Mansoor Ali Khan and others are in the cast. While D Imman has composed the music, Ramnath Shetty has handled the camera.
The early reviews on Thenaliraman clearly tell that the Vadivelu's flick has opened up to good response. Here, we bring you the tweet reviews...
Seeing vadivelu's performance in Big screen that too aftr these many yrs is a real huge enjoyment
#ThenaliRaman - Vadivelu is back with bang.. His evergreen body language is a big plus, Enjoyed completely..just watched thenaliraman at VOX Dubai
#Thenaliraman is a funny entertainer. My rating (60/100)
#Thenaliraman A film which could make you to think vadivelu should have continued taking rest instead of doing this..Kaatu Mokka !!
Even after havin d name "Thenali" in it wich is 1 of TC's finest comedy flicks,dis didnt cum even half way close to it
#Thenaliraman As seen in the trailer,many scenes in this film reminds of ImsaiArasan.Few r enjoyin wyl few r lookin at der mobiles..Like me
Thenaliraman @immancomposer had done a fanta'bulous job :-) BGM gives us a periodic feel along with the scenes
#Thenaliraman Vadivelu's evergreen body language is a big plus for some scenes in this film..makes even some avg comedies look good
#Thenaliraman Almost half hr into the film and not even a single scene which made us laugh:-/ Even Veeram climax gave us a laughter riot grr
#Thenaliraman Vadivel intro..People give a warm welcome when his face was shown..
Film starts with RadhaRavi visiting some chinese people in their country to expand his trade ideas.Visuals are good #Thenaliraman
#TenaliRaman : Worth a watch if you wanna see the vintage Vadivelu onscreen, in swashbuckling form. Else, wait for the DvD.
#TenaliRaman : Film runs on the see-saw between good and bad moments. Awesome graphics and artwork. Dissapointing music and BGM.
#TenaliRaman ( 6 / 10 ) : Vadivelu's performance is the highlight in this periodic comedy. Passable one time watch!
#TenaliRaman Interval : Vadivelu is back! Top notch performances in duals, backed by a big support cast. Funny and witty, lame at times.
#Thenaliraman should not be missed for Vadivelu...complete entertainer