Tenali Rama (TV series)
Tenali Rama is an Indian historical comedy drama based on the life of the legendary Telugu poet Tenali Ramakrishna, one of the Ashtadiggajas (or the eight honorable) poets at the court of Vijayanagara Emperor Krishnadevaraya (CE. 1509–1529), who is often cited as the greatest Vijayanagara emperor. The series premiered on SAB TV on 11 July 2017.
|Created by||Abhimanyu Singh|
|Directed by||Jackson Sethi|
|Opening theme||"Tenali Rama"|
|Country of origin||India|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||641|
|Camera setup||Multiple cameras|
|Running time||21 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Contiloe Entertainment|
|Distributor||Sony Pictures Networks|
|Original network||SAB TV|
|Original release||11 July 2017 –|
The show took a 9 months leap in July 2018 and then a 5 years leap and 3 months leap followed by 20 years leap in August 2019. The series is produced by Abhimanyu Singh under the banner of Contiloe Entertainment and is directed by T.S. Nagabharana.
Tenali Rama is the story of legendary poet Ramakrishna (Krishna Bharadwaj) in Krishnadevaraya's (Manav Gohil) court who uses his timely wit and intelligence to solve even the trickiest of problems. His arch rival Tathacharya (Pankaj Berry) who wants to humiliate him is often stumped by Tenali's intelligence.
- Jiten Mukhi as Timmarasu (2017–2019)
- Jitendra Pathak as Nagar Kotwal (2017–2019)
- Pradeep Kabra as Senapati Nakush (2019–)
- Priyamvada Kant as Sharda, Rama's wife (2017–2018) (Replaced)
- Niya Sharma as Sharda, Rama's wife (2018–2019) (Replaced)
- Aasiya Kazi as Sharda, Rama's wife (2019–)
- Dhruvi Jani as Kanta, Bhaskar's childhood friend & love interest (2019–)
- Manul Chudasama as Princess Amrapali, Kaikala's daughter (2019–)
- Nimisha Vakharia as Lakshmi Amma, Rama's mother (2017–2019)
- Ayaan as child Bhaskar, Rama and Sharda's son (2018–2019)
- Chahat Pandey as Ananta Lakshmi, Tathacharya's younger sister (2018)
- Meghan Jadhav as Govind, Sharda's younger brother (2018)
- Sonia Sharma as Chinnadevi , Krishnadevraya's first wife (2017–2019)
- Priyanka Singh as Tirumalamba, Krishnadevraya's second wife (2017–2019)
- Neetha Shetty as Sulakshana Devi (2019–)
- Krish Parekh as Child Gundappa, Rama's friend (2017–2019)
- Aman Mishra as Gundappa, Rama's friend (2019–)
- Sohit Vijay Soni as Manicharya (Mani), Tathacharya's Disciple (2017–)
- Sanjay Mangnani as Dhanicharya (Dhani), Tathacharya's Disciple (2017–)
- Neha Chauhan as Varunmala, Tathacharya's wife (2017–2019)
- Heer Chopra as Saudamini, Royal Dancer (2017–2019)
- Nishi Singh as Kotwalan, Kotwal's wife (2017–2018) (Replaced)
- Rishina Kandhari as Goddess Laxmi/Durga and Navdurga 9 avtars/ Kaali/ Saraswati (2018–2019)
- Barkha Sengupta / Kenisha Bhardwaj as Goddess Kali
- Debina Bonnerjee as Mohini
- Mak Mukesh Tripathi as Wazir Malik (2018)
- Amit Sinha as Mathuradas
- Rajesh Puri as Ramleela Trainer
- Kapil Arya as Achyutadevaraya
- Anand Goradia as Bheeshann Babu/Ghumru
- Nirbhay Wadhwa as Wrestler Dhuaandhar Durjan
- Rajesh Khera as Sultan Samsuddin Jafar Khan
- Vikas Verma as The Portuguese magician Marques de Pompador
- Omkar Das Manikpuri as Aghori Baba Danyebanye/Wazir Muttlu Pin-Pin
- Ajay Sharma as a Pirate Shambhuya
- Raja Chaudhary as Dimdima
- Mahesh Raja as Lakhna
- Ali Raza Namdar as Matrubhasha Gupt
- Abhishek Rawat as Kalluri Dinkar
- Raman Thukral as Child Tenali Rama
- Bikramjeet Kanwarpal as King Dhananjay Mudriya
- Amit Dolawat as Bala
- Reema Vohra as Charulata
- Minissha Lamba as Chandrakala, a Visha Kanya
- Monica Castelino as Kalavati
- Tarkesh Chauhan as Acharya Chakrapani
- Raju Pandit as King Dharampal
- Madhura Naik as Queen Munmun
- Shahbaz Khan as Babur
- Rupali Bhosale as Maya, Mohini's sister
- Sooraj Thapar as Gajpati Pratap Rudra Dev, Orissa's King
- Haelyn Shastri as Varlaxmi , Friend / Neighbour of Sharda
- Urvashi S Sharma /Poonam Rajput as Princess Jaganmohini, Gajpati Pratap Rudra Dev's Daughter
- Piyali Munsi as Bhajani devi / Sajani
- Ram Awana as Kaalbelu
- Deepak Qazir as Annacharya, Tathacharya's elder brother
- Bhavesh Balchandani as Birbal
- Bhupinder Singh as Shaitan
- Saud Mansuri as Yudhveer
- Aishwarya Raj Bhakuni as Sugandha
- Athar Siddiqui as Chandrelu
- Mehmood Junior as Mullah Naseruddin
- Vijay D Baldani as Siddhsen
- Ssumier S Pasricha as Sheikh Chilli
- Kajal Jain as Lobh/Chitrangada
- Hridyansh Shekhawat as Somu/Krodh
- Heena Rajput as Timmarusu's wife
- Jahaan Arora as a Magician
- Patrali Chattopdhyay as Han..chhi, Chinese businesswoman
- Pratima Rasaily as Aan..chhi, Chinese businesswoman
- Mahi Soni as Child Kanta
- Puneet Vashist as Daku
- Rati Pandey as Princess Devyani
Regarding the series Tenali Rama, Neeraj Vyas, Senior EVP & Head, Channel SAB and MAX cluster of channels, said, "India has a compelling tradition of both written and oral folklore. Our epics are treasures that teach life lessons via stories. Tenali Rama was a legendary poet of the 15th century. He is immortal, his wit being admired even in today's times. With Tenali Rama's adaptation on SAB, we intend to offer a restored and renewed version of this classic chronicle."
Krishna Bharadwaj was chosen to play the titular role of Tenali Rama and went bald for it. Speaking on how he got the role, he said, “I have been waiting for something good to come my way".When I received a call for Tenali Rama, I was shocked to be informed that I would have to go bald. But then I decided to give it a try, and it all fell into places. I feel there has been a divine force blessing me for I have managed to sink my teeth into the character so well. I did not do any research nor read about it but I can assure I am doing a good job, even though I do not consider myself so capable. As for the baldness, the first day, I was really upset but now I see Tenali in the mirror and not Krishna, and that takes away the blues.”
It was reported in June 2017 that Manav Gohil had been cast to play the pivotal role of Emperor Krishnadevraya. Gohil, who worked with SAB TV on Yam Hain Hum, where he played the titular role, said, "This time it's Krishnadevaraya, a very powerful king that I am portraying. It's a comedy show and I am looking forward to working with a new set of people. The show is "Tenali Rama" and I am so ready to get rolling with this one."
Veteran actor Pankaj Berry was cast to play the series' antagonist and Tenali Rama's foe frenemy, Tathacharya, who is the royal priest in the court room of Emperor Krishnadevraya, and always makes Tenali Rama in trouble in cases with his fellow servants, Dhanu and Manu, in which he totally dislikes them. Berry said, “I am very excited to play Tathacharya. It is a very different kind of challenging role, there are different layers to the character even though it's a negative character." It was reported in July 2017 that Sonia Sharma and Priyanka Singh had been cast to play the roles of Krishnadevraya's wives, Chinna Devi and Tirumalamba, respectively.
- The series portrays Chinna Devi as Krishnadevaraya's senior wife and chief queen and Tirumalamba as his junior wife. This is inaccurate. Tirumalamba (also known as Tirumala Devi) was actually Krishnadevaraya's senior wife and his chief queen or patta manishi. She was the princess of Srirangapattana and Krishnadevaraya had married her most probably in 1498, long before his accession to the throne in 1509. Chinna Devi was actually princess of Koorg pradesh to whom Krishnadevaraya had married immediately after his accession to the throne and was his junior wife.
- Timmarusu was already fired as the prime minister in 1524 before Babur became the Emperor of the Mughal Empire in 1526 and there was no plans of Babur for the invasion of the Vijayanagara Empire.
- Birbal was only one year old when King Krishnadevaraya died but the series shows him as a young man in the royal court of the Vijayanagara Empire.
- Tathacharya was a very learned scholar, unlike shown in the serial. He died 14 years after Krishnadevaraya's death.
Shweta Keshri of India Today gave the series a positive review, praising Krishna Bharadwaj's portrayal of Tenali Rama, the VFX and special effects of the series, the colourful sets and comic content which "can easily lure viewers to the show and takes you back to the 15th century."
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