Dhanush filmography

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Dhanush at the 62nd Filmfare Awards South in 2015

Dhanush is an Indian film actor, producer, lyricist and singer known for his work in Tamil cinema while also having appeared in a few Bollywood films. He made his acting debut in 2002 with the coming of age drama, Thulluvadho Ilamai, directed by his father Kasthuri Raja.[1] His role as a mentally-disturbed man in Kaadhal Kondein (2003)—directed by his brother Selvaraghavan—won him critical acclaim. The following year, he starred in Subramaniam Siva's Thiruda Thirudi, a commercial success.[2] This was followed by a series of commercial failures—Pudhukottaiyilirundhu Saravanan (2004), Sullan (2004) and Dreams (2004).[3] He had two releases in 2005—Devathaiyai Kanden and Adhu Oru Kana Kaalam.

In 2006, Dhanush starred in the gangster film Pudhupettai, which was critically acclaimed and moderately successful at the box-office.[2] He next collaborated with debutant director Vetrimaaran in Polladhavan (2007). Based on the Italian neorealist film Bicycle Thieves,[4] it was critically acclaimed and commercially successful.[5][6] His subsequent releases—Yaaradi Nee Mohini (2008) and Padikkadavan—were box-office successes.[2] He collaborated with Vetrimaaran for the second time in Aadukalam (2011). His role as a rooster fight jockey in the film won him that year's National Film Award for Best Actor and the Best Tamil Actor Award at the 60th Filmfare Awards South.[7] In 2012, he received international attention with the song "Why This Kolaveri Di", which was recorded for Aishwarya R. Dhanush's directorial debut 3.[8] His role as a man who is suffering from bipolar disorder in the film won him his second Filmfare Award.[9]

Dhanush made his Bollywood debut with Aanand L Rai's Raanjhanaa (2013). His performance as an obsessive one-sided lover in the film won him the Best Male Debut Award and earned a Best Actor nomination at the 59th Filmfare Awards.[10] The same year he was seen in the survival film Maryan, which won him Best Actor Award (Critics) at the 61st Filmfare Awards South. In 2014, he produced and starred in cinematographer Velraj's directorial debut, Velaiilla Pattadhari,[11] which was critically acclaimed as well as a box-office success.[12] His performance as an unemployed graduate won a third Filmfare Award in the Best Tamil Actor category.[13] He co-starred with Amitabh Bachchan in R. Balki's Shamitabh (2015), where he played a mute superstar.[14] Dhanush played triple role in K. V. Anand's romantic thriller Anegan, a moderate success. He followed that with Maari (2015) and Thanga Magan (2015), both did not perform well at the box office when compared to his previous films.[15] Dhanush had two releases in 2016—Prabhu Solomon's Thodari, a critical and commercial failure;[16] and the political thriller Kodi, where he played dual roles. The latter earned him a Best Tamil Actor nomination at the 64th Filmfare Awards South.[17] The following year, he made his directorial debut with Pa Paandi.[18]

Filmography[edit]

  • All films are in Tamil, unless otherwise noted.
Key
Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Role(s) Director(s) Note(s) Ref.
2002 Thulluvadho Ilamai Mahesh Kasthuri Raja [19]
2003 Kaadhal Kondein Vinod Selvaraghavan Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil [20]
2003 Thiruda Thirudi Vasu Subramaniam Siva [21]
2004 Pudhukottaiyilirundhu Saravanan Saravanan S. S. Stanley [22]
2004 Sullan Subramani (Sullan)[a] Ramana [23]
2004 Dreams Sakthi Kasthuri Raja [24]
2005 Devathaiyai Kanden Babu Boopathy Pandian [25]
2005 Adhu Oru Kana Kaalam Seenu Balu Mahendra [26]
2006 Pudhupettai Kokki Kumar Selvaraghavan [27]
2006 Thiruvilaiyaadal Aarambam Thiru Kumaran Boopathy Pandian [28]
2007 Parattai Engira Azhagu Sundaram Azhagu Sundaram (Parattai)[a] Suresh Krissna [29]
2007 Polladhavan Prabhu Vetrimaaran [30]
[31]
2008 Yaaradi Nee Mohini Vasu Mithran Jawahar Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil [32]
2008 Kuselan Himself P. Vasu Special appearance in the song "Cinema Cinema" [33]
2009 Padikkadavan Radhakrishnan (Rocky)[a] Suraj [34]
2010 Kutty Kutty Mithran Jawahar [35]
2010 Uthamaputhiran Siva Mithran Jawahar [36]
2011 Aadukalam K. P. Karuppu Vetrimaaran National Film Award for Best Actor
Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil
[37]
2011 Seedan Saravanan Subramaniam Siva Cameo appearance [38]
2011 Mappillai Saravanan Suraj [39]
2011 Venghai Selvam Hari [40]
2011 Mayakkam Enna Karthik Swaminathan Selvaraghavan [41]
2012 3 Ram Aishwarya R. Dhanush Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil
Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer – Tamil
[42]
2013 Proprietors: Kammath & Kammath Himself Thomson K. Thomas Malayalam film
Cameo appearance
[43]
2013 Ethir Neechal Himself R. S. Durai Senthilkumar Special appearance in the song "Local Boys" [44]
[45]
2013 Raanjhanaa Kundhan Shankar Aanand L Rai Hindi film
Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut
Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Actor
[46]
[47]
[48]
2013 Maryan Maryaan Bharat Bala Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor – South
Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil
[49]
[50]
2013 Naiyaandi Chinna Vandu A. Sarkunam [51]
2014 Velaiilla Pattadhari Raghuvaran Velraj Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil [52]
2015 Shamitabh Danish R. Balki Hindi film [53]
2015 Anegan Ashwin, Murugappa, Kaali[b] K. V. Anand Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil [54]
2015 Vai Raja Vai Kokki Kumar Aishwarya R. Dhanush Special appearance [55]
2015 Maari Maari Balaji Mohan [56]
2015 Thanga Magan Thamizh Velraj [57]
2016 Thodari Poochiyappan Prabhu Solomon [58]
2016 Kodi Kodi, Anbu[c] R. S. Durai Senthilkumar Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil [59]
2017 Pa Paandi Paandi (Paandian Pazhanisami)[d] Dhanush Also director and screenwriter [18]
2017 Velaiilla Pattadhari 2 Raghuvaran Soundarya Rajinikanth Also screenwriter
Simultaneously shot in Telugu as VIP 2
[61]
[62]
2018 The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Ajatashatru Lavash Patel (Aja)[a] Ken Scott English film [63]
[64]
2018 Vada Chennai Anbu Vetrimaaran [65]
2018 Maari 2 Maari Balaji Mohan [66]
2019 Asuran Sivasamy Vetrimaaran [67]
2019 Enai Noki Paayum Thota Films that have not yet been released Raghu Gautham Menon Completed [68]
2020 Pattas films that have not yet been released TBA R. S. Durai Senthilkumar Completed [69]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Dhanush plays a single character with two different names.
  2. ^ Dhanush plays a single character who is reincarnated multiple times.
  3. ^ Dhanush plays two different characters.
  4. ^ Dhanush plays the younger version of the title character played by Rajkiran.[60]

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