|Directed by||K. S. Ravikumar|
|Produced by||R. Karpagam|
|Written by||Crazy Mohan|
|Music by||A.R. Rahman|
|Edited by||K. Thanigachalam|
R. K. Celluloids
|Distributed by||R. K. Celluloids|
|October 26, 2000|
|Box office||₹300 million (US$4.4 million)|
Thenali is a 2000 Indian Tamil comedy-drama film directed by K. S. Ravikumar and written by Crazy Mohan. The film stars Kamal Haasan in the title role, along with Jayaram, Jyothika, and Devayani. The film's music was composed by A. R. Rahman. The story of the film was inspired by the 1991 Hollywood movie What About Bob? directed by Frank Oz.
The film opened to positive reviews from critics and was a commercial success at the Tamil Nadu box-office. The film won three Tamil Nadu State Film Awards, including a Special Jury award for Jayaram's performance as Dr. Kailash.
Thenali (Kamal Hassan) is a man who fears anything and everything. Dr. Panchabhootham (Delhi Ganesh) and his assistant (Ramesh Khanna), who are the doctors treating Thenali, are jealous of a relatively junior doctor Dr. Kailash (Jayaram) getting all the media attention. They decide to derail Dr. Kailash's success by sending Thenali over to him. Soon after their first appointment, Dr. Kailash heads to his home in Kodaikanal on a vacation with his wife Jalaja (Devayani) and his two children. Dr. Kailash tells Thenali to wait until after the vacation before his therapy can begin, but Panchabhootham asks for Thenali to go meet Kailash while on vacation.
The expected happens. Thenali falls in love with Janaki (Jyothika), the younger sister of Dr. Kailash, which was vehemently opposed by the latter. The whole film is about how Dr. Kailash goes mad with the antics of Thenali and even begins to suspect that his wife has an affair with Thenali, as she has a soft corner for the latter. He even tries to kill Thenali by tying him to a tree with a time bomb, which Thenali (not knowing it is a bomb) removes and puts it in the doctor's house, causing it to explode and Dr. Kailash, seeing this, suffers a paralytic attack.
- Kamal Hassan as Thenali Soman
- Jayaram as Dr. Kailash
- Devayani as Jalaja
- Jyothika as Janaki
- Delhi Ganesh as Panchabootham
- Ramesh Khanna as Panchabootham's assistant
- Madhan Bob as "Diamond" Babu
- Charle as Kanthaswamy
- Meena as herself (cameo)
- B. H. Abdul Hameed as himself (cameo)
- K. S. Ravikumar as himself (cameo)
Kamal Haasan approached K. S. Ravikumar to make the film after the success of the director's Padayappa featuring Rajinikanth and the film took four months to be scripted by K. S. Ravikumar, Kamal Haasan and Crazy Mohan. The story of the film was inspired by the 1991 Hollywood movie What About Bob? directed by Frank Oz. 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 was signed on by the producers to appear in a guest role. Vivek rejected the film as he felt that he didn't have the best lines. The film was launched at the Kalaivanar Arangam in Chennai on March 22, 2000 with Y. Gee. Mahendra as compere and with Rajinikanth as chief guest.
Kamal Haasan played a Sri Lankan Tamil in the film and to get the accent right, he took lessons from prominent television host, Abdul Hameed. Scenes were shot predominantly in Ooty, while some song sequences were shot in New Zealand.
Thenali completed 175-day runs across halls in South India. A success meet was also held with Rajinikanth again attending the function, where Ravikumar revealed that it was the actor who picked the title, Thenali. It 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, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam and won good reviews. A Hindi language remake with Shahrukh Khan in the role played by Jayaram was discussed, but the project failed to materialize.
|Soundtrack album by A. R. Rahman|
|Recorded||Panchathan Record Inn|
|Genre||Feature Film Soundtrack|
Sa Re Ga Ma
|Producer||A. R. Rahman|
|A. R. Rahman chronology|
The soundtrack of the film was composed by A.R.Rahman, with lyrics written predominantly by newcomers. The album also featured the song "Injerungo", which became the first noted song of lyricist Thamarai, who used Jaffna slang within the song. Due to the rift between Rahman and Vairamuthu the lyricist has been replaced by newcomers. The song "Swasame Swasame" from the soundtrack, was re-used in the final scene of the Hollywood film The Accidental Husband.
|1||"Athini Sithini"||Hariharan, Chitra Sivaraman, Kamal Hassan||Arivumathi|
|2||"Swasame Swasame"||S.P.Balasubrahmanyam, Sadhana Sargam||Pa. Vijay|
|3||"Injerungo Injerungo"||Kamal Hassan, K. S. Chithra||Thamarai|
|4||"Porkalam Ange"||Srinivas, Gopika Poornima||Piraisoodan|
|5||"Alangatti Mazhai"||Kamal Hassan, Srinivas, Sujatha, Baby Silono Rath & Baby Sharanya Srinivas||Kalaikumar|
|6||"Thenali"||Shankar Mahadevan, Clinton Cerejo||Ilayakamban|
|1||"Poredabatai"||SPB Charan, Pallavi||Veturi|
|3||"Taalalato Vaana"||SPB, SP Shailaja||Veturi|
|5||"Yeyayo Yeyayo"||SPB, Chitra||Samavedam Shamuga Sharma|
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