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

Thulluvadho Ilamai2002MaheshKasthuri Raja
Kadhal Kondein2003VinodSelvaraghavanNominated, Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil
Thiruda Thirudi2003VasuSubramaniam Siva
Pudhukottaiyilirundhu Saravanan2004SaravananS. S. Stanley
Sullan2004Subramani (Sullan)[b]Ramana
Dreams2004SakthiKasthuri Raja
Devathaiyai Kanden2005BabuBoopathy Pandian
Adhu Oru Kana Kaalam2005SeenuBalu Mahendra
Pudhupettai2006Kokki KumarSelvaraghavan
Thiruvilaiyaadal Aarambam2006Thiru KumarBoopathy Pandian
Parattai Engira Azhagu Sundaram2007Azhagu Sundaram (Parattai)[b]Suresh Krissna
Yaaradi Nee Mohini2008VasuMithran JawaharNominated, Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil
Kuselan2008HimselfP. VasuSpecial appearance in the song “Cinema Cinema”
Padikkadavan2009Radhakrishnan (Rocky)[b]Suraj
Kutty2010KuttyMithran Jawahar
Uthamaputhiran2010SivaMithran Jawahar
Aadukalam2011K. P. KaruppuVetrimaaranNational Film Award for Best Actor
Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil
Seedan2011SaravananSubramaniam SivaCameo appearance
Mayakkam Enna2011Karthik SwaminathanSelvaraghavan
32012RamAishwarya R. DhanushFilmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil
Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer – Tamil
Proprietors: Kammath & Kammath2013HimselfThomson K. ThomasMalayalam film
Cameo appearance
Ethir Neechal2013HimselfR. S. Durai SenthilkumarSpecial appearance in the song “Local Boys”
Raanjhanaa2013Kundhan ShankarAnand L RaiHindi film
Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut
Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Actor
Maryan2013MaryaanBharat BalaFilmfare Critics Award for Best Actor – South
Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil
Naiyaandi2013Chinna VanduA. Sarkunam
Velaiilla Pattadhari2014RaghuvaranVelrajFilmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil
Shamitabh2015DanishR. BalkiHindi film
Anegan2015Ashwin, Murugappa, Kaali[c]K. V. AnandNominated, Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil
Vai Raja Vai2015Kokki KumarAishwarya R. DhanushSpecial appearance
Maari2015MaariBalaji Mohan
Thanga Magan2015ThamizhVelraj
Thodari2016PoochiyappanPrabhu Solomon
Kodi2016Kodi, Anbu[d]R. S. Durai SenthilkumarNominated, Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil
Pa Paandi2017Paandi (Paandian Pazhanisami)[e]DhanushGuest appearance
Also director
Velaiilla Pattadhari 22017RaghuvaranSoundarya RajinikanthAlso screenwriter
Simultaneously shot in Telugu as VIP 2
The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir2018Ajatashatru (Aja)[b]Ken ScottEnglish-French film
Vada Chennai2018AnbuVetrimaaranPost-production
Enai Noki Paayum Thota2018RaghuGautham MenonPost-production
Maari 2TBAMaariBalaji MohanPost-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 TamilVisaranaiProducerWon
Best Children’s FilmKaaka MuttaiProducerWon
Best ActorAadukalamActorWon

Norwegian International Film Festival

2018The Ray of SunshineThe Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir ActorWon

Filmfare Awards

2013Best Debutant Actor (Male)RaanjhanaaActorWon
Best ActorRaanjhanaaActorNominated

Filmfare Awards South

2003Best ActorKadhal KondeinActorNominated
2008Best ActorYaaradi Nee MohiniActorNominated
2010Best Male Playback SingerUn Mele Aasaidhaan from Aayirathil OruvanSingerNominated
2011Best ActorAadukalamActorWon
2012Best Male Playback SingerWhy This Kolaveri Di from 3SingerWon
Best Actor3ActorWon
2013Best ActorMaryanActorNominated
Critics Best ActorMaryanActorWon
2014Best ActorVelaiyilla PattathariActorWon
2015Best FilmKaaka MuttaiProducerWon
Best ActorAneganActorNominated
2016Best FilmVisaranaiProducerNominated
Best ActorKodiActorNominated

Vijay Awards

2007Best ActorPolladhavanActorNominated
Favorite HeroPolladhavanActorNominated
2008Best Entertainer of the YearYaaradi Nee MohiniActorWon
Best ActorYaaradi Nee MohiniActorNominated
2011Favorite HeroAadukalamActorNominated
Best ActorAadukalamActorNominated
Best LyricistVoda Voda from Mayakkam EnnaLyricistNominated
Best CrewAadukalamProducerWon
Best Entertainer of the YearAadukalam & Mayakkam EnnaActorWon
2012Best Actor3ActorWon
Best Male Playback SingerWhy This Kolaveri Di from 3SingerNominated
Best LyricistPo Nee Po from 3LyricistWon
Favorite Hero3ActorNominated
2013Best ActorMaryanActorNominated
Best CrewEthir NeechalProducerWon
Favorite HeroMaryanActorNominated
2014Best LyricistAmma Amma from Velaiyilla PattathariLyricistNominated
Favorite HeroVelaiyilla PattathariActorNominated
Favorite FilmVelaiyilla PattathariProducerNominated
Best ActorVelaiyilla PattathariActorWon
Best FilmVelaiyilla PattathariProducerWon
2017Best Entertainer of the YearPa Paandi & Velaiilla Pattadhari 2ActorWon

Photos of Dhanush

Dhanush new look
Dhanush new look
Dhanush stills
Dhanush-award ceremony
Dhanush new movie


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