Thirunaal is an 2016 Tamil-language action film directed by P. S. Ramnath, starring Jiiva and Nayanthara in a lead roles.


The film was first reported in November 2014, when Jiiva had agreed terms to work on a village-centric film directed by P. S. Ramnath, who had previously made Ambasamudram Ambani (2010).[1] Nayanthara signed on to appear in the film in April 2015, while Srikanth Deva was confirmed as the film’s music director.[2] The film began its first schedule in Kumbakonam in May 2015 at a grand Agraharam set. The films trailer was released on for Diwali .[3] The shooting for the film was completed by the end of August 2015 and the post production work thereafter started.

Thirunaal was released on 5 August 2016 globally. The Film was released under the Banner Sri Thenandal Films and Kothandapani Films. The Film opened to mixed reviews. Behindwoods rated the film 1.75 out of 5 stating ” Had the film come ten years ago, it might have worked a little better.[5]” Gethucinema rated the movie 2.5 out of 5 stating “The usual formula that has entertained Tamil cinema for years has gone wrong in Thirunaal.”[6] Indiaglitz stated that the movie has got very little to celebrate and rated the movie 2 out of 5[7]Nayanthara (born Diana Mariam Kurian, 18 November 1984) is an Indian film actress who predominantly appears in Tamil, Telugu, and Malayalam films.[8] She is also the recipient of numerous awards.

Nayanthara made her acting debut in the 2003 Malayalam film Manassinakkare and followed with Vismayathumbathu (2004) before foraying into Tamil and Telugu cinema. She made her debut in Tamil cinema in 2005 with Ayya and a year later in Telugu with Lakshmi, after which she was the female lead in numerous commercially successful Tamil and Telugu films like Vallavan (2006), Dubai Seenu (2007), Tulasi (2007), Billa (2007), Yaaradi Nee Mohini (2008), Adhurs (2010), Simha (2010), Boss Engira Bhaskaran (2010), Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum (2012), Raja Rani (2013), Arrambam (2013), Masss (2015), Thani Oruvan (2015), Maya (2015), Naanum Rowdy Dhaan (2015) making her the highest paid actress in South Indian cinema.[9][10]

In 2010, she also made her Kannada film debut through the Kannada-Telugu bilingual film Super,[11] her only appearance in a Kannada film to-date. Her portrayal of Sita in Sri Rama Rajyam (2011) earned her the Filmfare Award for Best Telugu Actress and the Nandi Award for Best Actress. She won the Filmfare Award for Best Tamil Actress for her performance in Raja Rani (2013). Kochi Times listed her in the “List of 15 Most Desirable Women in 2014”.[12]