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Dhanush Biography, Age, Photos & Family

Venkatesh Prabhu, better known by his stage name Dhanush, is an Indian film actor, producer, director, writer, lyricist, screenwriter and playback singer who usually works in Tamil cinema.

Dhanush’s first film was Thulluvadho Ilamai, a 2002 coming-of-age film directed by his father, Kasthuri Raja. Over the last 15 years, Dhanush has starred in over 25 films. Dhanush won the Best Actor award at the 58th National Film Awards for his performance in Aadukalam (2010). In 2011, Dhanush’s popular song “Why this Kolaveri Di” became the first Indian music video to cross 100 million views on YouTube.  Dhanush produces films through his production company, Wunderbar Films. He has won three National Film Awards and seven Filmfare Awards.

Early Life & Career

Born to Tamil film director and producer Kasthuri Raja, Dhanush entered acting after being pressured by his brother, director Selvaraghavan. Dhanush married Aishwarya, Rajinikanth’s daughter on 18 November 2004. They have two sons named Yatra and Linga, who were born in 2006 and 2010
Dhanush debuted in the film Thulluvadho Ilamai, directed by his father 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 of her. Upon release, the film won critical acclaim and also became a major commercial success. His next film, released later in 2003, was Thiruda Thirudi.

Dhanush appeared in Pudhukottaiyilirundhu Saravanan and Ramana’s Sullan. Later, he also appeared in Dreams, another film panned by critics. The film was directed by his father, like their previous ventures. In 2005, Dhanush appeared in Devathaiyai Kanden. Later, it was dubbed into Telugu, and in the same year, he also worked on Balu Mahendra’s Adhu Oru Kana Kaalam.
He played a cameo in his directorial debut Power Paandi, which released on 14 April 2017. Velaiilla Pattadhari 2, directed by his sister-in-law Soundarya Rajinikanth, was his first film of 2017 as a lead actor. He has penned the story and dialogues for this movie and also produced it.  Enai Noki Paayum Thota, directed by Gautham Menon and Vada Chennai are his other expected releases for this year. Dhanush has also signed on to appear in his first international film, titled The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir, to be directed by Ken Scott.

Dhanush Biography

Nick Name/Real NameVenkatesh Prabhu
ProfessionFilm actordirector ,producer,playback singer,lyricist,screenwriter
First FilmThulluvadho Ilamai(2002)
Physical Stats
Height (Aprox.)in centimeters- 173 cm
in meters- 1.73 m
in feet inches- 5’ 9”
Weight (Aprox.)in kilograms- 70 kg
in pounds- 154 lbs
Eye ColorBlack
Hair ColorBlack
Personal Life
Date of Birth28 July 1983
Zodiac SingLeo
Age (as of 2018)35
Birth PlaceChennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Home Town/StateChennai, Tamil Nadu, India
SchoolThai Sathya Matriculation High School, Chennai
CollegeMadurai Kamraj University (Distance Education) Madurai, Tamil Nadu
Educational QualificationBCA (Correspondence)
Father NameKasthuri Raja (Filmmaker)
Mother NameVijaylakshmi
Brother(s)Selvaraghavan (Elder, Director)
Sister(s) K. Vimala Geetha, Karthika Devi
HobbiesPlaying Snooker & Table Tennis, Reading Novels, Writing
Marital StatusMarried
Husband/SpouseAishwarya (Director)

Dhanush’s  Movie List

Film Year Role(s) Director(s) Note(s) Ref.
Thulluvadho Ilamai 2002 Mahesh Kasthuri Raja
Kadhal Kondein 2003 Vinod Selvaraghavan Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil
Thiruda Thirudi 2003 Vasu Subramaniam Siva
Pudhukottaiyilirundhu Saravanan 2004 Saravanan S. S. Stanley
Sullan 2004 Subramani (Sullan)[b] Ramana
Dreams 2004 Sakthi Kasthuri Raja
Devathaiyai Kanden 2005 Babu Boopathy Pandian
Adhu Oru Kana Kaalam 2005 Seenu Balu Mahendra
Pudhupettai 2006 Kokki Kumar Selvaraghavan
Thiruvilaiyaadal Aarambam 2006 Thiru Kumar Boopathy Pandian
Parattai Engira Azhagu Sundaram 2007 Azhagu Sundaram (Parattai)[b] Suresh Krissna
Polladhavan 2007 Prabhu Vetrimaaran
Yaaradi Nee Mohini 2008 Vasu Mithran Jawahar Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil
Kuselan 2008 Himself P. Vasu Special appearance in the song “Cinema Cinema”
Padikkadavan 2009 Radhakrishnan (Rocky)[b] Suraj
Kutty 2010 Kutty Mithran Jawahar
Uthamaputhiran 2010 Siva Mithran Jawahar
Aadukalam 2011 K. P. Karuppu Vetrimaaran National Film Award for Best Actor
Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil
Seedan 2011 Saravanan Subramaniam Siva Cameo appearance
Mappillai 2011 Saravanan Suraj
Venghai 2011 Selvam Hari
Mayakkam Enna 2011 Karthik Swaminathan Selvaraghavan
3 2012 Ram Aishwarya R. Dhanush Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil
Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer – Tamil
Proprietors: Kammath & Kammath 2013 Himself Thomson K. Thomas Malayalam film
Cameo appearance
Ethir Neechal 2013 Himself R. S. Durai Senthilkumar Special appearance in the song “Local Boys”
Raanjhanaa 2013 Kundhan Shankar Anand L Rai Hindi film
Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut
Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Actor
Maryan 2013 Maryaan Bharat Bala Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor – South
Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil
Naiyaandi 2013 Chinna Vandu A. Sarkunam
Velaiilla Pattadhari 2014 Raghuvaran Velraj Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil
Shamitabh 2015 Danish R. Balki Hindi film
Anegan 2015 Ashwin, Murugappa, Kaali[c] K. V. Anand Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil
Vai Raja Vai 2015 Kokki Kumar Aishwarya R. Dhanush Special appearance
Maari 2015 Maari Balaji Mohan
Thanga Magan 2015 Thamizh Velraj
Thodari 2016 Poochiyappan Prabhu Solomon
Kodi 2016 Kodi, Anbu[d] R. S. Durai Senthilkumar Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil
Pa Paandi 2017 Paandi (Paandian Pazhanisami)[e] Dhanush Guest appearance
Also director
Velaiilla Pattadhari 2 2017 Raghuvaran Soundarya Rajinikanth Also screenwriter
Simultaneously shot in Telugu as VIP 2
The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir 2018 Ajatashatru (Aja)[b] Ken Scott English-French film
Vada Chennai 2018 Anbu Vetrimaaran Post-production
Enai Noki Paayum Thota 2018 Raghu Gautham Menon Post-production
Maari 2 TBA Maari Balaji Mohan Post-production


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 sang further numbers in Selvaraghavan’s films Aayirathil Oruvan and Mayakkam Enna; the former featured him alongside his wife Aishwarya Rajinikanth.

“Why this Kolaveri Di” was released on YouTube in 2011 as part of the soundtrack to the film 3, the directorial debut of Aishwarya Dhanush. The song became the most searched video in India. Anirudh Ravichander was the soundtrack composer for the film and Dhanush wrote much of the lyrics. He has also sung “No Problem” in the Kannada movie Vajrakaya and “Thikka” in the Telugu movie Thikka.

Awarda & Nominations

National Film Awards (India)|National Film Award

Best Feature Film in Tamil Visaranai Producer Won
Best Children’s Film Kaaka Muttai Producer Won
Best Actor Aadukalam Actor Won

Norwegian International Film Festival

2018 The Ray of Sunshine The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir  Actor Won

Filmfare Awards

2013 Best Debutant Actor (Male) Raanjhanaa Actor Won
Best Actor Raanjhanaa Actor Nominated

Filmfare Awards South

2003 Best Actor Kadhal Kondein Actor Nominated
2008 Best Actor Yaaradi Nee Mohini Actor Nominated
2010 Best Male Playback Singer Un Mele Aasaidhaan from Aayirathil Oruvan Singer Nominated
2011 Best Actor Aadukalam Actor Won
2012 Best Male Playback Singer Why This Kolaveri Di from 3 Singer Won
Best Actor 3 Actor Won
2013 Best Actor Maryan Actor Nominated
Critics Best Actor Maryan Actor Won
2014 Best Actor Velaiyilla Pattathari Actor Won
2015 Best Film Kaaka Muttai Producer Won
Best Actor Anegan Actor Nominated
2016 Best Film Visaranai Producer Nominated
Best Actor Kodi Actor Nominated

Vijay Awards

2007 Best Actor Polladhavan Actor Nominated
Favorite Hero Polladhavan Actor Nominated
2008 Best Entertainer of the Year Yaaradi Nee Mohini Actor Won
Best Actor Yaaradi Nee Mohini Actor Nominated
2011 Favorite Hero Aadukalam Actor Nominated
Best Actor Aadukalam Actor Nominated
Best Lyricist Voda Voda from Mayakkam Enna Lyricist Nominated
Best Crew Aadukalam Producer Won
Best Entertainer of the Year Aadukalam & Mayakkam Enna Actor Won
2012 Best Actor 3 Actor Won
Best Male Playback Singer Why This Kolaveri Di from 3 Singer Nominated
Best Lyricist Po Nee Po from 3 Lyricist Won
Favorite Hero 3 Actor Nominated
2013 Best Actor Maryan Actor Nominated
Best Crew Ethir Neechal Producer Won
Favorite Hero Maryan Actor Nominated
2014 Best Lyricist Amma Amma from Velaiyilla Pattathari Lyricist Nominated
Favorite Hero Velaiyilla Pattathari Actor Nominated
Favorite Film Velaiyilla Pattathari Producer Nominated
Best Actor Velaiyilla Pattathari Actor Won
Best Film Velaiyilla Pattathari Producer Won
2017 Best Entertainer of the Year Pa Paandi & Velaiilla Pattadhari 2 Actor Won

Photos of Dhanush

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