Dhananjay (actor)

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Born 23rd August 1985
KalenahallyArasikere, Hassan, Karnataka, India
Residence Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Nationality Indian
Other names Special Star, Dhanu, Karunada Kala Ratna,Nata Rakshasa,daali,
Alma mater Sri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering (SJCE) Mysore, Karnataka, India.
Occupation Actor
Years active 2013 - Present

Dhananjaya (Kannada: ಧನಂಜಯ) is an Indian film and theater actor working in Kannada film industry.[1] After acting in a host of theater acts, he made his feature film debut in Director's Special in 2013. He fetched the debut actor award at the SIIMA Awards for his performance in the film.[2] He is endearingly referred to as "Special Star" (for his appearance in Director's Special) and "Classical Star" (for his theatre work and classical selection of movies).[3]

Early life and family[edit]

Dhananjaya was born in Kalenhalli village in Arasikere, Hassan district where he studied his high school in St. Mary's High School. His childhood was mostly spent by watching and acting in dramas in the village along with his father. He moved to Mysore to pursue his Engineering degree in Sri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering and subsequently graduated as a rank student. This lead him to a good job offer from Infosys, Mysore. However, his interest was set in acting and he used to frequently visit the popular Rangayana theater group in Mysore. Eventually, he landed up with many acting assignments in the same theater group. He also underwent an acting workshop at Germany facilitated by Germany-based theatre director Christian Stuckl.[4]

Film career[edit]

Dhananjaya, with his frequent visits to the Rangayana theater in Mysore, fetched him many character roles in the regular dramas held there. It was director Guruprasad who noticed his acting skills and gave him an important role in his feature film Director's Special.[5] The film took three years in the making and finally released in 2013 to mixed and negative response at the box-office. However his performance was lauded and many film makers approached him for the roles in their films. He then was cast in A. P. Arjun's next film Rhaatee opposite Shruthi Hariharan under musician V. Harikrishna's debut production. His next was Preetham Gubbi's film Boxer,produced by the Jayanna Films banner, which brought him wide accolades. He was known for his fit boxer's body, which he had achieved by rigorous training.[6][7] He then eassyed the role of 12th C saint poet Allama Prabhu, with elan, undergoing harsh training to master the musical instrument Mridanga and also classical dance. Dhananjaya is donning the villain's role for Director Duniya Suri's film Tagaru, starring Shivarajkumar. His rugged look has already become sensational. He has completed Guruprasad's film Eradane Sala. Meanwhile, he is shooting for Pannaga Bharana's film Happy New Year in which he plays a suave Radio Jackie.


Year Film Title Role Director Notes
2013 Director's Special; Dhananjaya Guruprasad Won - SIIMA Award for Best Male Debutant
2014 Jayanagar 4th Block Dhananjaya D. Sathya Prakash Short-film
Also story-writer[8]
2015 Rhaatee Raja A. P. Arjun
Boxer Raja Preetham Gubbi
2016 Jessie Jessie Pavan Wadeyar
Badmaash Vijay Akash Srivatsa
2017 Allama Allama Prabhu T. S. Nagabharana Awarded Basavaratna-2017

Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor - Kannada

Eradane Sala Guruprasad
Happy New Year RJ Danny Pannaga Bharana
2018 Tagaru Daali Duniya Soori
Yajamana PonKumaran Filming
Vijayaditya Vijayaditya Nirbhay Chakravarthy Delayed[9]
2018 Popcorn Monkey Tiger Duniya Soori Filming
2018 Bhairava Geetha Siddhartha Telugu, Kannada Bilingual - Filming


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