Name: Venkatesh Prabhu Kasthuri Raja
Birthday: 28th July 1983
Known For: Dhanush is known for being voted as Dhanush the Hottest Vegetarian Celebrity by PETA.
Debut Film: Thulluvadho Ilamai
Marital Status: Divorced
Spouse: Aishwarya R. Dhanush
Children: Yatra Raja, Linga Raja
Relationships: Aishwarya R. Dhanush
Awards: 2 National Film Awards for Best Actor, Filmfare Award for Best Debutant Actor, 4 Filmfare Awards South for Best Actor, Filmfare Award South Best Actor (Critics), 5 South Indian International Movie Awards Best Actor, 2 Vijay Award for Best Actor
Dhanush, born Venkatesh Prabhu Kasthuri Raja, is an Indian actor, producer, director, lyricist, and playback singer who is famous for his works in Tamil cinema. He was born to Tamil film director and producer Kasthuri Raja. He adopted the screen name “Dhanush” after being inspired by the fictional covert operation from the 1995 film Kuruthipunal.
He debuted in the 2002 film Thulluvadho Ilamai, directed by his father Kasthuri Raja, which became a sleeper hit. He then appeared in his brother Selvaraghavan’s first directorial venture Kaadhal Kondein in 2003. 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 ThirudaThirudi. 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 BaluMahendra’s Adhu Oru Kana Kaalam.
In 2006, Dhanush worked under his brother in their gangster film Pudhupettai. The film 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. However, his second film Polladhavan was released during in 2007. Polladhavan was based on the 1948–Italian neorealist film 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 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. 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.
He next 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 Kapoor.
The film was released in 2013 with the Tamil dubbed version Ambikapathy releasing a week later. It grossed over 135 crore rupees worldwide. Dhanush’s first film of 2014 was Velaiilla Pattadhari, 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 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 K. V. 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. 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 was released in 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 the movie as well as produced 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, was released in 2019 worldwide and was a flop.
His main 2019 release, Asuran, was praised by critics and became a box office success, entering the 100 Crore Club within a month of its release. His next release, a romantic thriller titled EnaiNoki Paayum Thota was released after several delays due to financial problems and it received mixed 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 negative reviews. His 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 was released to admiring reviews. His next project was the black comedy gangster movie ‘Jagame Thandhiram’, written and directed by Karthik Subbaraj. The movie also featured Aishwarya Lekshmi and James Cosmo. It received mixed reviews from critics. He also starred in Aanand L. Rai’s August 2021 film Atrangi Re, co-starring Akshay Kumar and Sara Ali Khan. This was Dhanush’s third Bollywood venture, and he received positive reviews.
Controversy: Dhanush found himself in a controversy when he was accused of s*xual assault by RJ Suchitra in one of her tweets. However, it was later reported that her husband claimed the RJ was in depression and her account was hacked.
Latest News: Recently, Dhanush made the news after allegedly splitting with his now ex-wife Aishwaryaa Rajinikanth, daughter of the South’s superstar Rajinikanth.
Latest Movies: Atrangi Re
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