Dhanush in 2013
|Born||Venkatesh Prabhu Kasthuri Raja
28 July 1983 
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
|Residence||Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India|
|Occupation||Actor, playback singer, lyricist, producer|
|Notable work(s)||Why This Kolaveri Di
|Awards||National Film Award for Best Actor (2010)|
Venkatesh Prabhu Kasthuri Raja (born on 28 July 1983), known by his stage name Dhanush, is an Indian film actor, playback singer, lyricist, film and music producer known for his work in Tamil cinema. His filmography includes critically acclaimed and successful films such as Aadukalam (2011), which won him the National Film Award for Best Actor. His song "Why this Kolaveri Di" earned him overnight worldwide recognition, which was also declared the "Top song of 2011" by CNN. Dhanush produces films under his own banner Wunderbar Films and recently launched his music label Wunderbar Studios.
Born to Indian film director Kasthuri Raja, he completed higher education at St. John's Matriculation Higher Secondary School Alwarthirunagar and entered acting, after being pressured by his brother, director Selvaraghavan. Dhanush was married on 18 November 2004 to actor Rajinikanth's daughter Aishwarya. They have two sons, born in 2006 and 2010.
Dhanush debuted under the direction of Kasthuri Raja in the film Thulluvadho Ilamai. He then appeared in his brother Selvaraghavan's first directorial venture, Kadhal Kondein. The film portrayed Dhanush as a mentally-disturbed youth, Vinodh, who yearned for the love of his friend, eventually turning possessive over her. Upon release, the film won critical acclaim and became a commercial success, catapulting Dhanush into the main foray of actors in Tamil films. His next film, released later in 2003 was Thiruda Thirudi.
He appeared in Pudhukottaiyilirundhu Saravanan This was followed by Ramana's Sullan, The film was dubbed into Telugu as Maurya. He appeared in Dreams in 2004. The film was directed by his father, like their previous venture was released with reviews claiming it was another adult film. In 2005, Dhanush appeared in Devathaiyai Kanden which was dubbed into Telugu, and Balu Mahendra's Adhu Oru Kana Kaalam.
The 2006-released Pudhupettai re-united him with his brother after their successful previous venture, pitted him against two prominent heroines Sneha and Sonia Agarwal. The movie is about the rites of passages in the life and times of an everyday-man who ends up as a dreaded gangster, 'Kokki' Kumar, the role portrayed by Dhanush. A critic praised Dhanush's realistic portrayal, saying that "as the innocent boy who transmogrifies into a bloody criminal, Dhanush is utterly believable. The subtle changes in his body language and his ability to give every expression a deeper meaning make the character more interesting. This is certainly one of his better performances." The Telugu dubbed version was titled Dhoolpet. Dhanush achieved his first hit in three years with the commercial entertainer Thiruvilayadal Arambam, alongside Shriya Saran and Prakash Raj. The comedy film showed the relationship between a poor man who loved the sister of a businessman. The film was well received by critics and audiences alike.
Dhanush's first release of 2007, Parattai Engira Azhagu Sundaram, of which Sify said "Dhanush- in future chose your own scripts and play to your strengths" stating that the film was a "steamy sob story harping on mother-son sentiments". The film, which was a remake of the successful Kannada language film, Jogi, starred him opposite Meera Jasmine However, his second film Polladhavan released during Diwali 2007,. Polladhavan, based on 1948–Italian neorealist The Bicycle Thieves, featured Dhanush, whose performance was called " first-rate".
The remake of a Telugu film directed by his brother was the plotline for Dhanush's first 2008 release. Directed by debutant M. Jawahar, Yaaradi Nee Mohini with Nayantara. He later appeared in a cameo appearance, for his father-in-law Rajnikanth's venture, Kuselan, being portrayed as himself in a song sequence. His subsequent venture was Suraj's Padikathavan which had a January 2009 release. His performance was praised, with Sify.com citing that "Dhanush is in top form in his dance" and "has improved a lot in action", stating that the climax fight featuring him was "outstanding". His following 2010 films were Kutty and Uthama Puthiran, both collaborations with director Mithran Jawahar.
Dhanush's first 2011 release was Aadukalam, marking his second collaboration with Vetrimaran, which he had shot for over three years. Dhanush played the role of a local cockfighter, KP Karuppu and described the venture as his "dream project" during production. The film gained very positive reviews and won six prizes at the 58th National Film Awards, with Dhanush receiving accolades for his performance including the National Film Award for Best Actor, becoming the youngest actor to win the award. Dhanush appeared in an extended guest appearance in Subramania Siva's Seedan, portraying the role of a god. His next two ventures were action-masala films, Mappillai, a remake of his father-in-law's same-titled 1989 comedy flick and Venghai by Hari, which opened to mixed reviews.
His next film was another collaboration with his brother, Mayakkam Enna . His only 2012 release was 3 directed by his wife, Aishwarya Rajinikanth with Shruti Haasan. The movie became a commercial success. He has signed a film Maryan to be directed by Bharat Bala, as well as his first Hindi film titled Raanjhnaa that would be directed by Aanand L Rai. He has done a special appearance in the Malayalam film Kammath & Kammath, and will work on Naiyaandi directed by A. Sarkunam.
Dhanush occasionally works as a playback singer and lyricist as well, generally in his own films. He was introduced as a playback singer in Pudhukottaiyilirundhu Saravanan by its composer Yuvan Shankar Raja and collaborated again with him in his brother Selvaraghavan's directorial, Pudhupettai. He sung further numbers in Selvaraghavan's films Aayirathil Oruvan and Mayakkam Enna; the former featured him alongside his wife Aishwarya Rajinikanth. His biggest success became the song "Why this Kolaveri Di" from his film 3, directed by his wife. The song became viral on internet and gained overwhelming response, fetching Dhanush nationwide fame. He had also sung another song "Kannazhaga" from the same film with his co-star Shruti Haasan.He was nominated to become the brand ambassador of PETA with the title of India's Hottest Vegetarian Celebrity of 2011. Dhanush joins hands with WWF India to support Earth Hour 2012.
|2003||Kadhal Kondein||Vinod||Tamil||Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil|
|2005||Adhu Oru Kana Kaalam||Seenu||Tamil|
|2007||Parattai Engira Azhagu Sundaram||Azhagu Sundaram||Tamil|
|2007||Polladhavan||Prabhu||Tamil||Nominated—Vijay Award for Best Actor|
|2008||Yaaradi Nee Mohini||Vasu||Tamil||Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil
Nominated—Vijay Award for Best Actor
|2010||Uthama Puthiran||Sivaramakrishnan (Siva)||Tamil|
|2011||Aadukalam||K. P. Karuppu||Tamil||National Film Award for Best Actor
SIIMA Award for Best Actor
Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil
Nominated—Vijay Award for Best Actor
|2011||Mayakkam Enna||Karthik Swaminathan||Tamil|
|2012||3||Ram||Tamil||Vijay Award for Best Actor
Nominated— SIIMA Award for Best Actor
|2013||Kammath & Kammath||Himself||Malayalam||cameo appearance|
|2013||Ethir Neechal||Tamil||cameo appearance|
|2012||3||Aishwarya R. Dhanush||Dhanush, Shruti Haasan||Nominated—SIIMA Award for Best Debutant Producer|
|2013||Ethir Neechal||Senthil||Sivakarthikeyan, Priya Anand, Nandita|
|2004||Naattu Sarakku||Pudhukottaiyilirundhu Saravanan||Yuvan Shankar Raja|
|2005||Thunda Kaanom||Devathayai Kanden||Deva|
|2006||Enga Area||Pudhupettai||Yuvan Shankar Raja|
|2010||Un Mela Aasaithaan||Aayirathil Oruvan||G. V. Prakash Kumar|
Kadhal En Kadhal
|Mayakkam Enna||G. V. Prakash Kumar||SIIMA Award for Best Male Playback Singer ("Voda Voda")|
|2012||Why This Kolaveri Di
|3||Anirudh Ravichander||CNN Top song of 2011 ("Why This Kolaveri Di")
Nominated—SIIMA Award for Best Male Playback Singer ("Why This Kolaveri Di")
|Ethir Neechal||Anirudh Ravichander|
Kadhal En Kadhal
|Mayakkam Enna||G. V. Prakash Kumar||Nominated—SIIMA Award for Best Lyricist ("Pirai Thedum")|
|2012||All songs||3||Anirudh Ravichander||Nominated—SIIMA Award for Best Lyricist ("Kannazhaga")|
Boomi Ennai Suthudhe
|Ethir Neechal||Anirudh Ravichander|
|2013||Kadal Raasa Naan||Maryan||A. R. Rahman|
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