Dhanush is a well-known Indian Actor, Director, Singer, Lyricist, and Screenwriter. He predominantly works in Tamil cinema. Due to his martial arts-inspired fight scenes in movies, he has been nicknamed the Indian Bruce Lee by Indian media and fans. Dhanush has been covered in the Forbes India Celebrity 100 list 6 times, which is based on the profits of Indian celebrities.
Dhanush was born on 28 July 1983 in Theni Allinagaram, Tamilnadu, India. He was born to Tamil film director and producer Kasthuri Raja, and his mother’s name is Vijayalakshmi. He has a brother Selvaraghavan, a director. On 18 November 2004, Dhanush married Aishwarya, Rajinikanth’s eldest daughter. The couple is blessed with 2 sons named Yatra and Linga.
|Birth Name||Venkatesh Prabhu Kasthuri Raja|
|Nick Name||• Dhanush|
• Bruce Lee of Kollywood
|Age||(as in 2023) 40 Years|
|Debut||• Tamil Film: Thulluvadho Ilamai (2001)|
• Hindi Film: Raanjhanaa (2013)
• Directorial: Power Paandi (2017)
• Singing: “Naatu Sarakku” in the film Pudhukottaiyilirundhu Saravanan (2004)
|Famous For||Singing ‘Why this Kolaveri Di’|
|Sun Sign/Zodiac Sign||Leo|
|Birth Place||Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India|
|Date of Birth||28 July 1983|
|Residence||16/5, Rajamannar Salai, T Nagar, Chennai|
|Home Town||Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India|
|Hobbies||Playing Snooker & Table Tennis, Reading Novels, Writing|
|Father’s Name||Kasthuri Raja (Filmmaker)|
|Brother||Selvaraghavan (Elder, Director)|
|Sister||• K. Vimala Geetha|
• Karthika Devi
|Affairs/Girlfriends||• Aishwarya (Director)|
• Shruti Haasan (Actress, Rumoured)
Marital Status, Wife and Children
|Wife/Spouse||Aishwarya R. Dhanush (Director and Classical Dancer)|
|Marriage Date||18 November 2004|
|Children||• Yatra (born; 2006) |
• Linga (born; 2010)
|School||Thai Sathya Matriculation High School, Chennai|
|College/University||Madurai Kamraj University (Distance Education) Madurai, Tamil Nadu|
|Educational Qualification||BCA (Correspondence)|
|Profession||Actor, Filmmaker, Singer|
|Brands Endorsed||Not Known|
|Career Manager||Not Known|
Height, Weight, and Figure Measurements
|Height (Approx.)||in centimeters- 168 cm|
in meters- 1.68 m
in feet inches- 5’ 5”
|Weight (Approx.)||in kilograms- 70 kg|
in pounds- 154 lbs
|Chest Size||38 inches|
|Biceps Size||11 inches|
|Waist Size||30 inches|
Extra Ordinary Features
|Race / Ethnicity||Hindu|
|Dress Size||6 US|
|Shoe Size||8 US|
|Cars Collection||• Audi A8|
• Bentley Continental Flying Spur
• Jaguar XE
• Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II
|Favourite Food||Idiyappam, Kadala Curry|
|Favourite Actors||Mohanlal, Amitabh Bachchan, Rajinikanth, Al Pacino, Tom Hanks|
|Favourite Sport||Tennis, Snooker, Football|
|Favourite Actresses||Simran, Kajol, Kareena Kapoor, Monica Bellucci|
|Favourite Films||Tamil: Netri Kann, Baasha, Pudhupettai|
|Favourite Football Club||FC Barcelona|
|Favourite Book||Love Story by Erich Sega|
|Favourite Song||Thendral Vanthu Theendum Pothu|
|Controversies||• There were reports that Shruti Haasan and Dhanush got carried away with their romantic scenes on the sets of ‘3’ movie in 2011, which later turned out to be an affair. However, Dhanush’s wife slammed such rumors.|
• In November 2016, Kathiresan and Meenaal, an old couple from Thiruppuvanam, Tamil Nadu, claimed that they are the real parents of Dhanush. They said that Dhanush’s original name is ‘Kalaiyarasan’ and he left the house in 2002 after his poor exam results, after which he came to Chennai to become an actor and has never visited them again. Not only this, they filed a complaint in the police and the Chief Minister’s special cell, and appealed the authorities “in getting their son back” and a monthly maintenance of ₹65000/month from Dhanush. Later, it was found that there was no truth to the couple’s claim.
Dhanush completed his schooling at Thai Sathya Matriculation High School, Chennai. Then he went to Madurai Kamraj University (Distance Education) Madurai, Tamil Nadu, and completed his degree in BCA (Correspondence).
He debuted in the movie Thulluvadho Ilamai under the direction of his father Kasthuri Raja. The movie became a great hit all over Tamil Nadu. Then, he was marketed by his brother Selvaraghavan for Kadhal Konden, it was Selva’s debut film and it received big fame for Dhanush. Following, Thiruda Thirudi a commercial film also became a blockbuster.
Dhanush Net Worth
Dhanush’s net worth is estimated net worth is around 22 Million USD as of 2023.
|Estimated Net Worth in 2023 (Approx)||$22 Million|
|Estimated Net Worth in 2022 (Approx)||$20 Million|
|Estimated Net Worth in 2021 (Approx)||Under Review|
|Salary||INR 10-15 crore/film|
|Income Source||Actor, Filmmaker, Singer|
Dhanush’s first flop Pudhukottaiyilirindhu Saravanan which was directed by Stanley. Then, Sullan film also flopped in the same category due to his poor physique, and both these action films failed. Again, Dhanush teamed up with his brother for the film Pudhupettai. He portrayed the character of a gangster, his body language and acting received him numerous fans but the film did only a normal at the box office. Then, Dhanush enjoyed success after three years with the commercial smash of Thiruvilayadal Arambam. The film showed the love story of a poor guy and a rich girl in a funny sense.
Parattai Engira Azhagu Sundaram released and it became a big failure in his career. It was a remake of the Kannada film Jogi. Then came Polladhavan during Deepvali, directed by a debutant Vetrimaran, which displayed as a superhit. Dhanush also performed in a cameo role, for his father-in-law Rajinikanth’s film Kuselan. For the 2nd time, he went with Vetrimaran and the film earned positive reviews. He received the Best Actor award in 2011 in the 58th National Awards for the film Aadukalam.
The film 3 was directed by his wife, Aishwarya. The film became a commercial hit and his Why this Kolaveri Di Song became a big favorite on YouTube, which obtained him his Hindi debut film Ranjhanaa. For the first time, he appeared in A R Rahman’s music Mariyaan, a movie by Bharath Bala. He hardly acts as a playback singer and lyricist as well, usually in his individual movies. Dhanush was introduced as a playback singer in Pudhukottaiyilirundhu Saravanan by its composer Yuvan Shankar Raja and collided again with him in his brother Selvaraghavan’s directorial, Pudhupettai. Dhanush sang some songs in Selvaraghavan’s movies Aayirathil Oruvan and Mayakkam Enna.
Adhu Oru Kana Kaalam
|2007||Parattai Engira Azhagu Sundaram|
|2008||Yaaradi Nee Mohini|
|2013||Proprietors: Kammath & Kammath |
Vai Raja Vai
Velaiilla Pattadhari 2
|2018||The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir|
Enai Noki Paayum Thota
Facts About Dhanush
- Does Dhanush smoke?: Not Known
- Does he drink alcohol?: Not Known
- Though he was born into a family of filmmakers, Dhanush was never desired to become an actor, rather, he desired to be a Marine Engineer.
- Earlier, Dhanush’s parents had faced hard times as his father struggled as a mill worker before operating as an assistant director.
- Dhanush is an ardent believer of Lord Shiva and that’s why he has named his 2 sons Linga (Shiva Lingam) and Yatra (Pilgrimage).
- He was honored as the hottest vegetarian by PETA in 2011.
Both are just actors. Meaning acting is their profession. Mostly they act in roles tailor-made, to fit their image imagined by their fans. Talent-wise he is far better than Sethupathy because he has got many different roles and he has proved his histrionic talents very well. Further, he has maintained his physique very carefully, which makes him more agile and spontaneous.
Velaiilla Pattadhari is the best movie with Dhanush. It means ‘Unemployed Graduate’. It is his 25th film. It is a big hit in Tamil. The Telugu version is Raghuvaran B.Tech, it is also a big hit.
Yes, definitely he is good as well as one of the most promising performers among the current generation of actors. Though he is the son-in-law of Rajnikanth, never he is known for the personal relationship with the Superstar.
Venkatesh Prabhu Kasthuri Raja