Dhanush in 2013
|Born||Venkatesh Prabhu Kasthuri Raja
28 July 1982 
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
|Residence||Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India|
|Occupation||Actor, producer, singer, lyricist, screenwriter|
|Notable work(s)||Why This Kolaveri Di|
|Children||Yatra & Linga|
|Awards||National Film Award for Best Actor (2011)|
Venkatesh Prabhu Kasthuri Raja (born 28 July 1983), known by his stage name Dhanush, is an Indian film actor, producer, and singer known for his work in Tamil cinema. In 2011, he won the National Film Award for Best Actor for the movie Aadukalam and in the same year, he received international attention with his popular song "Why this Kolaveri Di".
He first received attention in Thulluvadho Illamai, a 2003 coming-of-age movie directed by his father, Kasthuri Raja. Over the next ten years, Dhanush was featured in another 24 movies, becoming “one of the most bankable stars in Tamil cinema."
Born to Indian film director and producer Kasthuri Raja, he entered acting after being pressured by his brother, director Selvaraghavan. Dhanush married Aishwarya, actor Rajinikanth's daughter, on 18 November 2004. They have 2 sons, born in 2006 and 2010.
Dhanush debuted under the direction of Kasthuri Raja in the film Thulluvadho Ilamai which received highly positive reviews from both critics & audiences. 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 high commercial success, catapulting Dhanush into the main foray of actors in Tamil films. His next film, released later in 2003 was Thiruda Thirudi which went on to become highly successful movie & declared as a blockbuster.
He appeared in Pudhukottaiyilirundhu Saravanan which also recieved well by critics. Later dhanush appeared in Ramana's Sullan which did not gone well., dubbed into Telugu as Maurya. Later He also 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 also a commercially successful film in his short carrier. Later it was dubbed into Telugu, and in very same year he also worked on Balu Mahendra's Adhu Oru Kana Kaalam it was completely panned by critics.
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 & praised by msny critics." The Telugu dubbed version was titled Dhoolpet. Dhanush achieved his first Superhit 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 highly received by critics and audiences.
Dhanush's first release of 2007, Parattai Engira Azhagu Sundaram which did not gone well. 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 was clearly declared as Blockbuster. 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 recieved highly Positive reviews. The movie went on to become a Major success in boxoffice. 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 Superhit 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 were Runaway Hit.
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, where Decent hits.
His next film was another collaboration with his brother, Mayakkam Enna recieved positive reviews. His only 2012 release was 3 directed by his wife, Aishwarya Rajinikanth with Shruti Haasan. The movie went on to became a highly commercial success. In 2013 he appeared in Maryan opposite Parvathi Menon, which was applauded by critics and was declared as an Above average grosser at the box office. The film revolved around a story of human survival adapted from a newspaper article of a real-life crisis event, when three oil workers from Tamil Nadu were kidnapped and taken hostage in Sudan by mercenaries. His latest release was Naiyaandi directed by A. Sarkunam. He is currently filming for KV Anand's Action thriller Anegan & cinematograper turned director Velraj's romantic entertainer Velaiyilla Pattathari. Later in 2014 he will join hands for Vetrimaran's untitled Venture.
Dhanush occasionally records, generally for 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. "I'm not a playback singer, so my voice isn't perfect," Dhanush has said, in response to the popularity of his song Why this Kolaveri Di.
Why this Kolaveri Di
The mass song was released on YouTube in 2011 as part of the soundtrack to the film 3, the directorial debut of Aishwarya Dhanush. The song became the most searched video in India and an internet phenomenon across Asia.
The title, 'Why this kolaveri di?' is a Tamil phrase that roughly translates to 'Why do you have such a rage towards me, girl?' Anirudh Ravichander was the soundtrack composer for the film and Dhanush wrote much of the lyrics. "This was very much a group effort, and we had so much fun that I think it comes across in the song and the video, and that's what people love so much about it."
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