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Born Venkatesh Prabhu Kasthuri Raja[1]
(1983-07-28) 28 July 1983 (age 31)[2]
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Residence Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Nationality Indian
Occupation Actor, producer, singer, lyricist, screenwriter
Years active 2002–present
Religion hindu
Spouse(s) Aishwarya Rajinikanth Dhanush
Children 2
Relatives Selvaraghavan (Brother)
Rajinikanth (father-in-law)
Awards National Film Award for Best Actor (2011)

Venkatesh Prabhu (born 28 July 1983), known by his stage name Dhanush, is an Indian film actor, producer, lyricist and playback singer who has worked predominantly in Tamil cinema. In 2011, he won the National Film Award for Best Actor for the Tamil film Aadukalam and in the same year, he received international attention for his song "Why This Kolaveri Di", which went on to became the most viewed Indian song in YouTube.[3] As of 2014, he has won five Filmfare Awards South.

His first film was Thulluvadho Ilamai, a 2002 coming-of-age movie directed by his father, Kasthuri Raja.[4] Over the next ten years, Dhanush featured in 25 movies and made his Hindi debut in Raanjhanaa in the year 2013 & his second film in Hindi is Shamitabh.

Personal life[edit]

Born to Tamil film director and producer Kasthuri Raja, Dhanush entered acting after being pressured by his brother, director Selvaraghavan.[5] Dhanush married Aishwarya, actor Rajinikanth's daughter, on 18 November 2004. They have two sons, Yatra born in 2006 and Linga born in 2010.[6][7]

Acting career[edit]


Dhanush debuted in the film Thulluvadho Ilamai, directed by Kasthuri Raja, which received mostly positive reviews from critics and the public. 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.[8] Upon release, the film won critical acclaim and also became a major commercial success, catapulting Dhanush into the main foray of actors in Tamil films.[9] His next film, released later in 2003, was Thiruda Thirudi, which went on to become a highly successful movie, declared as a blockbuster.[10]


Dhanush appeared in Pudhukottaiyilirundhu Saravanan which was a hit and Ramana's Sullan, which performed average at the box office.[11] Later, he also appeared in Dreams, another film panned by critics.[12] The film was directed by his father, like their previous venture was released with reviews claiming it was another adult film.[13] In 2005, Dhanush appeared in Devathaiyai Kanden which was commercially successful film. Later it was dubbed into Telugu,[14] and in very same year he also worked on Balu Mahendra's Adhu Oru Kana Kaalam which was completely panned by critics.


Pudhupettai re-united Dhanush with his brother, pitted him with two prominent actresses Sneha and Sonia Agarwal.[15] Dhanush's portrayal was praised by critics & movie also received positive reviews.[16] The Telugu dubbed version was titled Dhoolpet.[14] Dhanush went on to star in the commercial entertainer Thiruvilayadal Arambam, alongside Shriya Saran and Prakash Raj also went on to become high financial success.[17][18]

Dhanush's first release of 2007, Parattai Engira Azhagu Sundaramdid not go well.[19] The film, which was a remake of the successful Kannada language film, Jogi, starred him opposite Meera Jasmine[20] However, his second film Polladhavan released during Diwali 2007 was clearly declared as a blockbuster.[21] Polladhavan was based on 1948–Italian neorealist film The Bicycle Thieves and Dhanush's performance was appreciated.[22]

The remake of a Telugu film directed by his brother formed the plot line for Dhanush's next movie directed by debutant Mithran Jawahar. The movie titled Yaaradi Nee Mohini cast Dhanush with Nayantara and was also a Super hit venture in box office.[23] He later appeared in a cameo appearance, for his father-in-law Rajinikanth's venture, Kuselan. His subsequent Super-hit venture was Suraj's Padikathavan which was released in January 2009.[24] His performance was praised and well received.[25] His next two films Kutty and Uthama Puthiran, both collaborations with director Mithran Jawahar were Boxoffice hits.[26]

Dhanush seen with Amitabh Bachchan at the BIG Star Entertainment Awards (2012)


Dhanush's first release in 2011, which he had shot for over three years, was Aadukalam, marking his second collaboration with Vetrimaran. Dhanush played the role of a local cock fighter and described the venture as his "dream project" during production.[27] The film gained highly positive reviews and won six awards at the 58th National Film Awards, with Dhanush receiving the National Film Award for Best Actor,[28] becoming the youngest actor to win the award.[29] Dhanush appeared in an extended guest appearance in Subramania Siva's Seedan. 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 received mixed reviews but was average box office hit.[26]

His next film, Mayakkam Enna, in which he again collaborated with his brother, casting him with Richa Gangopadhyay, received largely positive reviews. His only 2012 release was 3 directed by his wife, Aishwarya Rajinikanth with Shruti Haasan. The movie was a moderate success, owing to the popularity of the song Why this Kolaveri Di.[30][31] In 2013 he appeared in Maryan opposite Parvathi Menon, which was applauded by critics and declared as an above-average grosser at the box office.[32] His next release was Naiyaandi, directed by A. Sarkunam, which did not make any notable impact in the box office.[33]

His next 2014 released film was VIP his 25th venture also known as #D25 directed by Velraj opened up with mostly positive reviews from critics and audience alike declared as Blockbuster Now, His next 2015 released films was shamitabh, which was directed by r balki which was critically acclaimed but it was declared as commercial failure and his next film was romantic action thriller directed by Kv Anand's anegan,which was generated positive reviews from critics and it is a blockbuster hit in box office and his next film is maari,directed by balaji mohan and also acting in the film soodhadhi,which is directed by vettri maran.


Dhanush occasionally records music, 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.[34]

Why this Kolaveri Di[edit]

Main article: Why this Kolaveri Di

The song was released on YouTube in 2011 as part of the soundtrack to the film 3, the directorial debut of Aishwarya Dhanush.[35] The song became the most searched video in India and an internet phenomenon across Asia.[36][37][38] The title, 'Why this kolaveri di?' is a Tamil phrase that roughly translates to Why this murderous rage towards me, girl?. Anirudh Ravichander was the soundtrack composer for the film and Dhanush wrote much of the lyrics.[39][40][41]

Other work[edit]

Dhanush was honoured as the brand ambassador of PETA with the title of India's hottest vegetarian celebrity of 2011.[42] He worked with WWF India to support Earth Hour 2012.[43] In August 2013, Dhanush was signed by Perfetti India Ltd. as their brand ambassador for Center Fresh[44] chewing gum.


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