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    Thenaliraman (Tenaliraman) Review

    By Ramchander

    After taking a three-year gap, popular comedian Vadivelu is back with bang. The actor, who had entertained audience as a hero in Imsai Arasan 23am Pulikesi, has turned hero again for his come-back movie Thenaliraman (Tenaliraman).

    Expectations are sky high for Thenaliraman, as Vadivelu was missing out of action from last few years. His fans had badly missed him and they have been desperately waiting to watch him on-screen. The comedian-turned-hero had taken a break from films due to his involvement in politics. Well, his support to the DMK went in vain, as the party lost the power last general elections.


    Post elections, there was reportedly pressure on films not to cast him in films. It comes as a no surprise, as politcs and cinema go hand in hand in Tamil Nadu. Well, Vadivelu's comeback was not smooth, as Thenaliraman faced a lot of issues.

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    Thenaliraman is directed by Yuvaraj Dhayalan and produced by AGS Entertainment. It has D Imman's music and Ramanath Shetty's cinematography. Finally, the film has hit the screens today (April 18). Find out in the review what it has to offer.

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    Vadivelu plays the dual roles of a king (Maamannar) and his minister Thenaliraman. The kingdom's future is in trouble with the council of ministers planning a conspiracy against the king. Eight of his ministers want to have a deal with Chinese traders. So, this becomes the root cause of all issues. A sincere minister gets killed and the jester enters the court of the king as his replacement.

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    The ordinary man Thenaliraman, who is sent to kill the king, understands the situation, which is creating chaos in the kingdom. He wins the trust of the king, who has 36 wives and 52 children. Through his intelligence he makes his ruler to see his shortcomings, the secret plans, etc. In the meantime, he falls in love with Maamannar's daughter played by Meenakshi Dixit.

    How do the Vadivelus' tackle the situation? You have to watch the film to get answers for this questions. Continue reading the story on the slideshow...

    Characterisation Of Vadivelu

    Both the characters of Vadivelu are different from each other. Unlike his earlier films, he is not doing the role of a scapegoat rather we will see a differnet kind of role alltogether in Thenaliraman.

    Story Analysis

    The first half of Thenaliraman is filled with loads of fun elements. His fans will blow whistles every now and then. The second half keeps you engaged and we could see Vadivelu performing both the roles at his best. But there are some boring moments in this half.


    The screenplay loses the grip in the second half. The wrong placement of the songs is the biggest minus of Thenaliraman.


    Vadivelu does a one-man show in Thenaliraman. His body language and sense of humour are treat to watch. Whereas Meenakshi Dixit doesn't have much to do in the film. She looks good in songs.

    Rest other characters like Mansoor Ali Khan, Manobala and others have done justice to their roles.

    Tech Departments

    D Imman's music is not up to the mark. People definetly miss his tracks and the songs appear like speedbreakers in the film. His background score is okay.

    Ramnath Shetty's cinematography is perfect. However, CG and art departments stand out from all other technical departments, as it gives the feel of period films.


    Verdict: Thenaliraman is a complete family entertainer. It is a paisa-vasool film.

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