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.[1][2] The series premiered on SAB TV on 11 July 2017.

Tenali Rama
Created byAbhimanyu Singh
Directed byJackson Sethi
StarringKrishna Bharadwaj
Pankaj Berry
Manav Gohil
Shakti Anand
Vishwajeet Pradhan
Jiten Mukhi
Jitendra Pathak
Dhruvi Jani
Manul Chudasama
Aasiya Kazi
Nimisha Vakharia
Sohit Soni
Aman Mishra
Opening theme"Tenali Rama"
Country of originIndia
Original language(s)Hindi
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes641
Producer(s)Abhimanyu Singh
Camera setupMultiple cameras
Running time21 minutes
Production company(s)Contiloe Entertainment
DistributorSony Pictures Networks
Original networkSAB TV
Picture format
Original release11 July 2017 (2017-07-11) 
External links

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.[3][4]


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)

Cameo appearances


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."[8]


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.”[9]

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."[10]

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."[11] 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.[12]

Historical inaccuracies

  • The series portrays Chinna Devi as Krishnadevaraya's senior wife and chief queen and Tirumalamba as his junior wife.[12] This is inaccurate. Tirumalamba (also known as Tirumala Devi) was actually Krishnadevaraya's senior wife and his chief queen or patta manishi.[13][14] She was the princess of Srirangapattana and Krishnadevaraya had married her most probably in 1498, long before his accession to the throne in 1509.[15] 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.[13]


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."[16]

See also


  1. Raychaudhuri, edited by Tapan; Habib, Irfan (1981). The Cambridge economic history of India (1. publ. ed.). Cambridge [Eng.]: Cambridge University Press. p. 106. ISBN 9780521226929.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  2. Rao, P. Raghunanda (1989). Indian heritage and culture (1st ed.). New Delhi: Sterling Publishers Private Unlimited. p. 38. ISBN 9788120709300.
  3. "Tenali Rama Serial Episode On SAB:Times Of india". 7 July 2017. Retrieved 7 July 2017.
  4. "Sony SAB presents the epic folklore 'Tenali Rama'". The Times of India. 6 July 2017. Retrieved 6 July 2017.
  5. TNN (11 August 2017). "Tenali Rama is trapped between the two wives of King KrishnadevrayaIndia".
  6. Rupali Bhosale to enter SAB TV's Tenali Rama. IWM BUZZ. 30 May 2018.
  7. "Rati Pandey joins the cast of Tenali Rama". TimesOfIndia.
  8. TNN (11 July 2017). "Tenali Rama tales come alive on television". The Times of India. Retrieved 16 August 2017.
  9. Farzeen, Sana (4 July 2017). "TV show Tenali Rama earnings will bail me out of debts: Actor Krishna Bhardwaj". The Indian Express. Retrieved 16 August 2017.
  10. IANS (20 June 2017). "Manav Gohil excited for 'Tenali Rama'". The Times of India. Retrieved 16 August 2017.
  11. Team, Tellychakkar (23 June 2017). "Veteran actor Pankaj Berry joins SAB TV's Tenali Rama". Tellychakkar.com. Retrieved 16 August 2017.
  12. TNN (19 July 2017). "Actress Priyanka Singh and Sonia Sharma plays the role of Krishnadevraya's wives in Tenali Rama". The Times of India. Retrieved 16 August 2017.
  13. Jackson, William J. (2016). "7". Vijayanagara Voices: Exploring South Indian History and Hindu Literature. Routledge. ISBN 9781317001928.
  14. Verghese, Anila (2001). Hampi. Delhi: Oxford University Press. p. 15. ISBN 9780195654332.
  15. Life and Achievements of Sri Krishnadevaraya. Directorate of Archaeology and Museums, Government of Karnataka. 2010. p. 27.
  16. Keshri, Shweta (12 July 2017). "Tenali Rama review: 5 things we loved about this historic comedy". Retrieved 16 August 2017.
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