Aishwarya R. Dhanush

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Aishwarya R. Dhanush
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Aishwarya R. Dhanush at the 61st Filmfare Awards South, 2014
Born (1982-01-01) 1 January 1982 (age 34)[1][2]
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Occupation Dancer, Playback Singer, Director
Years active 2003–present
Spouse(s) Dhanush (2004–present)
Children 2
Parent(s) Rajinikanth
Latha Rajinikanth
Relatives Soundarya R Ashwin (Sister)

Aishwarya Rajinikanth Dhanush (born 1 January 1982) is an Indian film director and classical dancer. She is the elder daughter of actor Rajinikanth. She made her feature film début with 3 (2012) starring her husband Dhanush. She has occasionally done playback singing.

In August 2016, Aishwarya was selected as India's goodwill ambassador for the UN Women organization.[3]


Aishwarya was born to actor Rajinikanth and Latha Rangachari.[4][5] She has a younger sister, Soundarya, who works in the Tamil film industry as well.[6] Aishwarya is married to the Indian film actor Dhanush,[7] with whom she has two sons, Yatra (born 2006) and Linga (born 2010).[5][8]

She was a judge on STAR Vijay's dance competition Jodi Number One in its third season alongside actors Sangeetha and Jeeva.[9] She became a playback singer with the film Whistle alongside Silambarasan, which was then followed by the song "Un Mela Aasadhan" in the film Aayirathil Oruvan, for which she also worked as an assistant director.

In August 2011, she announced that she would direct her husband and Shruti Haasan in her first feature film titled 3, with Dhanush going on to clarify that it would be his only film under his wife's direction.[10] The film gained high anticipation prior to release after the song "Why This Kolaveri Di" from its soundtrack, composed by her cousin Anirudh Ravichander, went viral and became an internet phenomenon. She appeared alongside the lead cast and composer in the making of the video. In July 2015, Aishwarya announced she will soon launch a YouTube channel under the banner of "Ten Entertainment" to exclusively promote original content and short films by aspiring filmmakers. [11]


Aishwarya received the Kalaimamani award for Dance from the Government of Tamil Nadu.[4] In 2012, she won the Newsmaker of the Year Award at the JFA Women Achievers Awards.


As director[edit]

Year Film Language Notes
2012 3 Tamil Nominated—SIIMA Award for Best Débutante Director
2015 Vai Raja Vai Tamil

As singer[edit]

Year Song(s) Film Notes
2003 Natpae Natpae Whistle
2010 Un Mela Aasadhan Aayirathil Oruvan Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer - Tamil (with Andrea Jeremiah)

As voice actor[edit]

Year Actor Film
2010 Reemma Sen Aayirathil Oruvan


  1. ^ "Aishwarya is my lucky charm: Dhanush". The Times of India. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 29 July 2016. 
  2. ^ PTI (23 March 2016). "Aishwarya R. Dhanush to Release Autobiography 'Standing on an Apple Box'". India West. Retrieved 2016-07-29. The 34-year-old daughter of Rajinikanth 
  3. ^ "Aishwaryaa R Dhanush appointed UN Goodwill Ambassador". Retrieved 2016-09-26. 
  4. ^ a b "70 persons get Kalaimamani awards". The Hindu. 2009-02-25. Retrieved 2009-04-19. 
  5. ^ a b "Rajinikanth turns grandpa". The Hindu. 2006-10-12. Retrieved 2009-04-19. 
  6. ^ Muthalaly, Susan (2005-07-01). "Silken choices to colour your hair". The Hindu. Retrieved 2009-04-19. 
  7. ^ "It is an all women drive". The Hindu. 2008-08-05. Retrieved 2009-04-19. 
  8. ^ dhanushkraja (2010-06-20). "Dhanush shares happy about his second child" (Tweet) – via Twitter. 
  9. ^ "Serials". The Hindu. 2008-09-26. Retrieved 2009-04-19. 
  10. ^ Shankar (2011-12-03). "3 is my first and last movie under Aishwarya's direction - Dhanush | 'மனைவி ஐஸ்வர்யா இயக்கத்தில் நான் நடிக்கும் முதலும் கடைசியுமான படம் '3'! - தனுஷ் - Oneindia Tamil". Retrieved 2012-01-01. 
  11. ^ "Aishwarya Dhanush to launch YouTube channel". 

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