Venkatesh Prabhu Kasthuri Raja, known by his stage name Dhanush, is an Indian film actor, producer, lyricist and Dhanush is playback singer who works predominantly in Tamil cinema. In 2011, he won the National Film Award for Best Actor for the movie Aadukalam. The same year, he received international attention with his popular song ‘Why this Kolaveri Di’ becomes 1st Indian video to cross 100 million views on YouTube. He has won six Filmfare Awards. He received his second National Award for producing the best children’s film Kaaka Muttai in 2015.
His first film was Thulluvadho Ilamai, a 2002 coming-of-age movie directed by his father, Kasthuri Raja. Over the next ten years, Dhanush featured in 25 movies and made his Hindi debut in Raanjhanaa. He produces films under his production company, Wunderbar Films.
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 who were born in 2006 and 2010. He studied at the Thai Sathiya Matriculation High School.
Dhanushan debuted in the film Thulluvadho Ilamai, directed by 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 over 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 Telugurert, and in very same year he also worked on Balu Mahendra’s Adhu Oru Kana Kaalam.
Pudhupettai re-united Dhanush with his brother. Dhanush’s portrayal was praised by critics. The Telugu dubbed version was titled Dhoolpet. Dhanush went on to star in the commercial entertainer Thiruvilayadal Arambam romancing Shriya Saran.
Dhanush’s first release of 2007, Parattai Engira Azhagu Sundaram did not go well. The film, which was a remake of the successful Kannada language film, Jogi’. However, his second film Polladhavan was released during Diwali 2007 . Polladhavan was based on 1948–Italian neorealist film The Bicycle Thieves and Dhanush’s performance was appreciated.
The remake of a Telugu film directed by his brother formed the plot line for Dhanush’s next movie directed by debutant Mithran Jawahar. The movie titled Yaaradi Nee Mohini. He later appeared in a cameo appearance, for his father-in-law Rajinikanth’s venture, Kuselan. His subsequent venture was Suraj’s Padikathavan which was released in January 2009. His performance was praised and well received.His next two films Kutty and Uthama Puthiran, were both collaborations with director Mithran Jawahar.
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 sung 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 and an internet phenomenon across Asia. Anirudh Ravichander was the soundtrack composer for the film and Dhanush wrote much of the lyrics.
Filmography and awards
Dhanush is an Indian film actor, producer, lyricist and singer known for his work in Indian Cinema. In 2011, he won the National Film Award for Best Actor for the movie Aadukalam. The same year, he received international attention with his popular song Why this Kolaveri Di becomes 1st Indian video to cross 100 million views on YouTube. He has won six Filmfare Awards. He received his secon National Award for producing the best children’s film Kaaka Muttai in 2015.