28 July 1983
|Relatives||See Kasthuri Raja family|
Venkatesh Prabhu Kasthuri Raja (born 28 July 1983), better known by his stage name Dhanush, is an Indian actor, producer, director, writer, lyricist and playback singer who predominantly works in Tamil cinema, besides few Hindi films.Starring in 44 films over his career, among Dhanush's awards include 13 SIIMA Awards, nine Vijay Awards, seven Filmfare Awards South, five Vikatan Awards, five Edison Awards, four National Film Awards (two as actor and two as producer), and a Filmfare Award. He has been included in the Forbes India Celebrity 100 list six times, which is based on the earnings of Indian celebrities.
Dhanush's first film was Thulluvadho Ilamai , a 2002 coming-of-age film directed by his father, Kasthuri Raja. He achieved further success in Polladhavan (2007) and Yaaradi Nee Mohini (2008), both of which were critically acclaimed and commercially successful.His role as a rooster fight jockey in Aadukalam (2010) won him Best Actor at the 58th National Film Awards and Best Tamil Actor Award at the 60th Filmfare Awards South. He continued success with films including 3 (2012), Maryan (2013), Anegan (2015), Kodi (2016), Vadachennai (2018) and Asuran (2019). Vadachennai emerged as the highest-grossing A-rated Tamil film of all time, while Asuran entered the 100 Crore Club earning a revenue of ₹100 crore within a month of its release, when adding the theatrical box office collections with non-theatrical revenue such as satellite, digital, and audio rights. During the 2010s, Dhanush also starred in the action comedy film series Maari (2015) & Maari 2 (2018) and Velaiilla Pattadhari (2014) and Velaiilla Pattadhari 2 (2017).
In 2011, Dhanush's popular song "Why this Kolaveri Di" from the romantic psychological thriller film 3 became the first Indian music video to cross 100 million views on YouTube.He 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. Dhanush produces films through his production company, Wunderbar Films, and he made his directorial debut with Pa Paandi (2017). His song "Rowdy Baby" from Maari 2 became one of the most-viewed Indian songs of all time. It is the only South Indian video song to receive 1 billion views on YouTube. Dhanush won his second National Film Award for Best Actor for Asuran (2019).
Dhanush was born to Tamil film director and producer Kasthuri Raja on 28 July 1983. He entered acting after being pressured by his brother, director Selvaraghavan.
Dhanush married Aishwarya, Rajinikanth's eldest daughter on 18 November 2004.They have two sons named Yatra and Linga, who were born in 2006 and 2010 respectively.
Dhanush debuted in the 2002 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 in 2003. 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, eventually becoming Dhanush's first major breakthrough in Tamil cinema.His next film was Thiruda Thirudi .
In 2004, Dhanush appeared in Pudhukottaiyilirundhu Saravanan and 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 . In 2006, Dhanush worked under his brother in their gangster film Pudhupettai . The film, about a young man's journey from street urchin to gangster received critical acclaim, with Dhanush's performance receiving especial praise. The Telugu dubbed version was titled Dhoolpet. Dhanush went on to star in the commercial entertainer Thiruvilaiyaadal Aarambam , romancing Shriya Saran.
Dhanush's first release of 2007, Parattai Engira Azhagu Sundaram did not go well.The film was a remake of the successful Kannada language film Jogi . However, his second film Polladhavan was released during Diwali 2007. Polladhavan was based on the 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 was 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's first release in 2011, which he had shot for over three years, was Aadukalam , marking his second collaboration with Vetrimaran. Dhanush played the role of a local cockfighter and described the venture as his "Dream Project" during production.The film gained highly positive reviews and won six awards at the 58th National Film Awards, with Dhanush receiving the National Film Award for Best Actor, becoming the youngest actor to win the award. Dhanush appeared in an extended guest appearance in Subramania Siva's Seedan . His next two ventures were the action films, Mappillai, a remake of his father-in-law's same-titled 1989 film and Venghai , by Hari, which received mixed reviews but was a commercial success.
Dhanush's next film, Mayakkam Enna , in which he once again collaborated with his brother, casting him with Richa Gangopadhyay, received largely positive reviews. His only 2012 release was 3 , directed by his wife, Aishwarya Rajinikanth with co-star Shruti Haasan. The movie was a moderate success, owing to the popularity of the song Why this Kolaveri Di . The song quickly became viral, the first video from India to gain 100 million YouTube views.In 2013, he appeared in Maryan opposite Parvathy, which was applauded by critics, but became an above-average grosser at the box office. His next release was Naiyaandi , directed by A. Sarkunam, which did not make any notable impact at the box office. He made his debut in Bollywood with the film Raanjhanaa , directed by Aanand L.Rai opposite Sonam. The film was released on 21 June 2013 with the Tamil dubbed version Ambikapathy releasing a week later. This film had background score composed by A. R. Rahman, and it grossed over 135 crore rupees worldwide.
Dhanush's first film of 2014 was Velaiyilla Pattathari , which was also his 25th film and was directed by Velraj. It received mostly positive reviews and was a success, being among the highest-grossing Tamil films of 2014.His next release was Shamitabh , released in year 2015 which was also his second Hindi film directed by R. Balki. It opened to very high positive reviews and was praised for the concept, but failed at the box office. His next film Anegan , was a psychological thriller directed by KV Anand, which generated positive reviews and became a box office success.
Dhanush's next release in 2015 was the action comedy Maari , featuring Kajal Aggarwal, Robo Shankar and Vijay Yesudas. Directed by Balaji Mohan and composed by Anirudh Ravichander, it was released worldwide on 17 July 2015. He also appeared in Thanga Magan , directed by Velraj with Samantha Ruth Prabhu, Amy Jackson, K. S. Ravikumar and Raadhika.In 2016, Dhanush appeared Thodari , which was an action thriller film set on a train and Kodi , a political action thriller.
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 penned the story and dialogues for movie. as well as producing it. It was one of the highest-grossing Tamil films of 2017. His films Vadachennai and Maari 2 , a sequel to Maari, were released in 2018. Vadachennai was praised by critics and emerged as the highest-grossing A-rated Tamil film of all time, while Maari 2 got mixed reviews. Dhanush's first international film, titled The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir , released in 2019 worldwide and was a flop. His main 2019 release, Asuran , was praised by critics for its gritty portrayal of land and caste violence and became a box office success, entering the 100 Crore Club for grossing ₹100 crore within a month of its release. His next release, a romantic thriller titled Enai Noki Paayum Thota was released on 29 November 2019 after several delays due to financial problems and it received positive reviews.
Dhanush's first 2020 release, on Pongal, was the martial arts action film Pattas , directed by R. S. Durai Senthilkumar, in which he played a double role. The film received mixed reviews.Dhanush joined the ensemble cast of Chris Evans, Ryan Gosling and Ana De Armas in Russo Brothers Netflix produced film 'The Gray Man'.
Dhanush's first 2021 role was his starring role in Karnan , directed by Mari Selvaraj, and featuring Lal, Natarajan Subramaniam, Yogi Babu, Rajisha Vijayan, Gouri Kishan, Lakshmi Priyaa Chandramouli alongside him. The film released on 9 April,to admiring reviews. He is also starring in Aanand L. Rai's film Atrangi Re , co-starring Akshay Kumar and Sara Ali Khan, releasing in August.
Dhanush's upcoming action thriller black comedy gangster movie 'Jagame Thandhiram', written and directed by Karthik Subbaraj. The movie features Aishwarya Lekshmi and James Cosmo in lead roles.
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 .
Dhanush has sung for the debutant musician Ganesh Chandrasekaran in the film Ezhumin . The song was received well among the audience as he famously renders it emotionally.
|2004||"Naattu Sarakku"||Pudhukottaiyilirundhu Saravanan|
|2005||"Thunda Kaanom"||Devathaiyai Kanden||Anuradha Sriram|
|2010||"Un mele"||Aayirathil Oruvan||Andrea Jeremiah|
|2011||"Oda Oda"||Mayakkam Enna||Selvaraghavan|
|"Kadhal En Kadhal"|
|2012||"Why This Kolaveri Di"||3|
|2014||"Amma Amma"||Velaiilla Pattadhari|
|"Po Indru Neeyaga"|
|"What a Karavad"|
|"Oh Oh"||Thanga Magan||Nikitha, Sweta Mohan|
|"Maari Thara Local"||Maari|
|"Don'u Donu'u Don'u"|
|"Bagulu Odayam Dagulu Mari"|
|2016||"Maalai Varum Vannilla"||Nenjam Marappathillai|
|2017||"Solli Tholaiyen Ma"||Yaakkai|
|"Soorakathu"&"Venpanimalare"||Pa Paandi||Swetha Mohan, Sean Roldan|
|"Pudhuvai"||Yaadhumaagi Nindran (Music Video)|
|"Life of Raghuvaran"||Velaiilla Pattadhari 2|
|"Torture of Raghuvaran"|
|"Local Sarakka"||Padai Veeran|
|"Maari Gethu"||Maari 2||Chinnaponnu|
|"Rowdy Baby"||Dhee and M.M Manasi|
|2019||"Nenjodu Vinaya"||Brother's Day|
|"Kaathodu Kaathanen"||Jail||Aditi Rao Hydari|
|"Tata Bye Bye"||Vanakkam Da Mappilei|
|2011||"Kadhal En Kadhal"||Mayakkam Enna|
|2012||"Why This Kolaveri Di"||3|
|"Po Nee Po"|
|"Boomi Enna Suththude"||Ethir Neechal|
|"Kadhal Rasa Naan"||Maryan|
|2014||""Amma Amma""||Velaiilla Pattadhari|
|"Ey Inga Paru"|
|"Po Indru Neeyaga"|
|"What a Karuvad"|
|"Move your body"||Vai Raja Vai|
|2015||"Enna Solla"||Thanga Magan|
|"Oru Vitha Asai"|
|2017||"Venpanimalare "||Pa Paandi|
|2018||"Maari Thara Local"||Maari 2|
|"Nenjodu Vinaya"||Brother's Day|
Dhanush worked with WWF India to support Earth Hour 2012.In August 2013, Dhanush was signed by Perfetti India Ltd. as their brand ambassador for Center Fresh chewing gum.
He has made his directorial debut with the movie Pa Paandi .
Dhanush has won and received several nominations at the National Film Award, Filmfare Awards and Vijay Awards ceremony. He won the National award for Best Actor in 2011 for his film Aadukalam .
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3 is a 2012 Indian Tamil-language romantic psychological thriller film written and directed by Aishwarya R. Dhanush, wife of actor Dhanush, who also produced the film, thus making their debut in both the fields. He also played the male lead role alongside Shruti Haasan, whilst Prabhu, Sivakarthikeyan, Sunder Ramu, and Bhanupriya appear in prominent roles. The film follows Ram (Dhanush) and Janani, two high school sweethearts who eventually get married. However, Janani is mystified when Ram commits suicide all of a sudden and she tries to find out the truth behind his death.
Sivakarthikeyan, also referred as SK, is an Indian film actor, playback singer, producer, and television presenter who works in Tamil films. Sivakarthikeyan began his career in television as a reality show personality on Star Vijay. In 2012, he featured in a supporting role in the Dhanush starred film 3. In 2013, Sivakarthikeyan appeared in three films: Kedi Billa Killadi Ranga, Ethir Neechal and Varuthapadatha Valibar Sangam. His performances in the year won him the 2013 Vijay Award for Entertainer of the Year. He has won a Tamil Nadu State Film Award, four Edison Awards, three SIIMA Awards and three Vijay Awards. He produces Tamil films under his production company, Sivakarthikeyan Productions.
Anirudh Ravichander (born 16 October 1990), also known mononymously as Anirudh, is an Indian film composer and singer who primarily works in Tamil cinema. He is the son of veteran actor Ravi Raghavendra. He has won two Filmfare Awards, nine SIIMA Awards, six Edison Awards and five Vijay Awards.
'Why This Kolaveri Di' is a song from the soundtrack of the 2012 Tamil psychological thriller film, 3. The song is written and sung by Dhanush, and composed by Anirudh Ravichander. It became one of the most streamed songs of all-time.
Sunder Ramu is an Indian film and stage actor, who has also worked as a photographer. He made his first film appearance in the 2011 drama film Mayakkam Enna. After winning critical acclaim for his performance he has also gone on to feature in Aishwarya Dhanush's 3 in a pivotal role.
Maari is a 2015 Indian Tamil-language action comedy film written and directed by Balaji Mohan, jointly produced by Listin Stephen and Raadhika's Magic Frames and Dhanush's Wunderbar Films. The film stars Dhanush and Kajal Aggarwal in the lead roles, while singer Vijay Yesudas along with Robo Shankar, Kalloori Vinoth, Kaali Venkat, and Mime Gopi play supporting roles. Dhanush plays Maari, a local gangster in this film. This film also marks Vijay Yesudas's Tamil debut.
Dhanush is an Indian actor, producer, lyricist and singer known for his work in Tamil cinema. He made his acting debut in 2002 with the coming of age drama, Thulluvadho Ilamai, directed by his father Kasthuri Raja. 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. This was followed by a series of commercial failures—Pudhukottaiyilirundhu Saravanan (2004), Sullan (2004) and Dreams (2004). He had two releases in 2005—Devathaiyai Kanden and Adhu Oru Kana Kaalam.
Sai Pallavi Senthamarai is an Indian actress and dancer who appears in Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam films. She is a recipient of several awards including two Filmfare Awards for her performances in the films Premam and Fidaa.
Pa Paandi is a 2017 Indian Tamil-language comedy-drama film, written and directed by Dhanush in his directorial debut. He also produced the movie under his studio Wunderbar Films. The film revolves around Pa Paandi, a retired ex-stunt master in the film industry, travels to Hyderabad to seek out for freedom, and also to reunite with his old village lover. Revathi, Prasanna and Chaya Singh play supporting roles in the film. Dhanush, who produced and directed the film, portray a cameo appearance in the film as the younger version of the protagonist, while Madonna Sebastian, Gautham Vasudev Menon and Dhivyadarshini too played cameo roles.
Asuran (transl. Demon) is a 2019 Indian Tamil-language period action film written and directed by Vetrimaaran and produced by Kalaipuli S. Thanu. The film is based on Poomani's novel Vekkai (transl. Heat). The film stars Dhanush and Manju Warrier, where the latter makes her Tamil debut. G. V. Prakash Kumar scored the music for the film, renewing his collaboration with Vetrimaaran. The cinematography was performed by Velraj, with editing by R. Ramar. Asuran was released on 4 October 2019. The film's plot is influenced by the real-life Kilvenmani massacre that occurred in 1968. The film was a commercial success. It will be one among ten Indian films to be screened at the 78th Golden Globe Awards (2021) under the Best Foreign Film category. It was also screened at 51st International Film Festival of India at Goa, being selected as one of the films under Indian Panorama section for the year 2020.
3 is the debut soundtrack album composed by Anirudh Ravichander, which features lyrics by Dhanush, for the 2012 Indian Tamil film of the same name, starring Dhanush and Shruti Hassan in the lead roles, and was directed by Dhanush's wife Aishwaryaa R. Dhanush. The film features seven songs, with three instrumental compositions.
Ammu Abhirami is an Indian actress who has appeared in Tamil films.She made her acting debut with 2017, Tamil film, Bairavaa as a medical student alongside Vijay and Keerthy Suresh.She is known for playing pivotal roles in Raatchasan (2018) and Asuran (2019).
Dheena is an Indian film and television actor, comedian, scriptwriter who works prominently in the Tamil-language film industry, He is known for playing one of the lead roles in the films Thumbaa (2019) and Kaithi (2019) and as a contestant in the television show Kalakka Povathu Yaaru?.
Rowdy Baby is a Tamil language song composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja for the soundtrack of the 2018 action comedy film Maari 2 and sung by Dhanush alongside Dhee. The song was officially released on 25 October 2018 as a single from the film. A Telugu version of the song was later produced for the film's dubbed Telugu version, with M. M. Manasi performing the female part instead of Dhee.
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