Dhanush

Other names of Dhanush: Venkatesh Prabhu Kasthuri Raja
Birthday: 28-07-1983
Age: 35
Star sign: Leo

This lanky superstar Dhanush is an actor from Tamil cinema but has appeared in two Hindi films too. He credits R Balki and Anand L Rai for making him consider acting in Hindi films (‘Shamitaabh’ and ‘Raanjhana’). In the year 2011-12, his song  “Why This Kolaveri Di’’ continued to rise on the charts and gain millions of viewers on YouTube. Dhanush happens to be the youngest actor to receive the national film award for his performance in “Aadukalam”. 

This actor had carved a place for himself in the world of cinema by his acting prowess. He has so far featured in 25 movies. Dhanush has ventured into production with his company Wunderbar Films. He is married to southern superstar Rajinikanth's daughter Aishwarya, He is the actor who broke the traditional hero image in Kollywood, who was neither a chocolate face hero nor had a dream boy look. 

His second film ‘ Visaaranai’( Dhanush had produced this film after the success of ‘ Kaaka Muttai’) was the film to get a premiere in the 72nd Venice International Film Festival and the only Tamil film to get noticed for screening in the competition section of the festival. ‘Kaaka Muttai’ was the first children film to get a national award. Kaaka Muttai was also screened at the 39th Toronto International Film festival and was appreciated, a film that depicted the lives of slum dwellers. 

He was born to South Indian film director and producer Kasthuri Raja. He started his journey in Kollywood with the film ‘ Thulluvadho Ilamai’ which his father Kasthuri Raja had directed. It was a massive hit in Tamil Nadu. Later, Dhanush appeared in his brother Selvaraghavan’s debut direction for Kadhal Konden, which was very successful at the box office. He made a hat-trick with ‘Thiruda Thirudi’. After giving three successful movies in a row, his next attempt as a leading actor in ‘Pudhukottaiyilirindhu Saravanan’ and ‘Sullar’ failed as he could not be suitable in action movies. However, he got rave reviews for his body language and acting skill in ‘Pudhupettai’, but the film had an average run at the theatres.

After a gap of three years, he again rose to his star power and his film ‘Thiruvilayadal Arambam’ was declared a commercial hit. His next hit was ‘ Polladhavan’ directed by a debutant Vetrimaran. In the year, 2012, he set the world music dancing to his tune by ‘Why This Kolaveri-Di’. His debut song had also proved the fact that Dhanush wanted to be a role model to the young generation. The song is a tune for his film ‘3’, written and directed by Aishwarya R Dhanush, who also made her directorial debut with the film. Dhanush also has now three other films in his kitty, including "Velaiyilla Pattathari 2", Tamil version of "Soodhadi", another new project of Anand L Rai. After Raanjhana, the actor got to see 33 Hindi film projects being offered to him. But he did not have the inclination to play any of those roles. He is the proud son-in-law of superstar Rajinikanth. He is a father of two children, Linga Raja & Yatra Raja, This 33-year old actor was born on 28 July 1982, is now eyeing to make his debut in Hollywood too.

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