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Venkatesh Prabhu Kasthoori Raja (born 28 July 1982) better known by his stage name Dhanush, is an Indian film actorproducerdirectorwriterlyricistscreenwriter and playback singer who predominantly works in Tamil cinema. Starring in 44 films over his career, he has won nine Vijay Awards, seven Filmfare Awards South, five Vikatan Awards, five Edison Awards and three National Film Awards.

Dhanush’s first film was Thulluvadho Ilamai, a 2002 coming-of-age film directed by his father, Kasthuri Raja. He collaborated with debutant director Vetrimaaran in Polladhavan (2007) which was critically acclaimed and commercially successful. He collaborated with Vetrimaaran for the second time in Aadukalam (2010), where his role as a rooster fight jockey in the film won him Best Actor at the 58th National Film Awards and Best Tamil Actor Award at the 60th Filmfare Awards South.

Dhanush 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 companyWunderbar Films. He made his directorial debut with Pa Paandi (2017).

In 2011, Dhanush’s popular song “Why this Kolaveri Di” from the film 3 (2012) became the first Indian music video to cross 100 million views on YouTube. His song “Rowdy Baby” from the action comedy film Maari 2 (2018) became one of the most-viewed Indian songs of all time. As of March 2020, it is the only South Indian video song to receive more than 800 million views on YouTube.

Personal life

Dhanush was born to Tamil film director and producer Kasthuri Raja on 28 July 1982. He entered acting after being pressured by his brother, director Selvaraghavan. Dhanush married AishwaryaRajinikanth‘s eldest daughter on 18 November 2004. They have two sons named Yatra and Linga, who were born in 2006 and 2010.

filmography

YearFilmRole(s)Director(s)Note(s)Ref.
2002Thulluvadho IlamaiMaheshKasthuri Raja[19]
2003Kaadhal KondeinVinodSelvaraghavanNominated, Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil[20]
2003Thiruda ThirudiVasuSubramaniam Siva[21]
2004Pudhukottaiyilirundhu SaravananSaravananS. S. Stanley[22]
2004SullanSubramani (Sullan)[a]Ramana[23]
2004DreamsSakthiKasthuri Raja[24]
2005Devathaiyai KandenBabuBoopathy Pandian[25]
2005Adhu Oru Kana KaalamSeenuBalu Mahendra[26]
2006PudhupettaiKokki KumarSelvaraghavan[27]
2006Thiruvilaiyaadal AarambamThiru KumaranBoopathy Pandian[28]
2007Parattai Engira Azhagu SundaramAzhagu Sundaram (Parattai)[a]Suresh Krissna[29]
2007PolladhavanPrabhuVetrimaaran[30]
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2008Yaaradi Nee MohiniVasuMithran JawaharNominated, Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil[32]
2008KuselanHimselfP. VasuSpecial appearance in the song “Cinema Cinema”[33]
2009PadikkadavanRadhakrishnan (Rocky)[a]Suraj[34]
2010KuttyKuttyMithran Jawahar[35]
2010UthamaputhiranSivaMithran Jawahar[36]
2011AadukalamK. P. KaruppuVetrimaaranNational Film Award for Best Actor
Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil
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2011SeedanSaravananSubramaniam SivaCameo appearance[38]
2011MappillaiSaravananSuraj[39]
2011VenghaiSelvamHari[40]
2011Mayakkam EnnaKarthik SwaminathanSelvaraghavan[41]
20123RamAishwarya R. DhanushFilmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil
Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer – Tamil
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2013Proprietors: Kammath & KammathHimselfThomson K. ThomasMalayalam film
Cameo appearance
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2013Ethir NeechalHimselfR. S. Durai SenthilkumarSpecial appearance in the song “Local Boys”[44]
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2013RaanjhanaaKundhan ShankarAanand L RaiHindi film
Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut
Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Actor
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2013MaryanMaryaanBharat BalaFilmfare Critics Award for Best Actor – South
Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil
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2013NaiyaandiChinna VanduA. Sarkunam[51]
2014Velaiilla PattadhariRaghuvaranVelrajFilmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil[52]
2015ShamitabhDanishR. BalkiHindi film[53]
2015AneganAshwin, Murugappa, Kaali[b]K. V. AnandNominated, Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil[54]
2015Vai Raja VaiKokki KumarAishwarya R. DhanushSpecial appearance[55]
2015MaariMaariBalaji Mohan[56]
2015Thanga MaganThamizhVelraj[57]
2016ThodariPoochiyappanPrabhu Solomon[58]
2016KodiKodi, Anbu[c]R. S. Durai SenthilkumarNominated, Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil[59]
2017Pa PaandiPaandi (Paandian Pazhanisami)[d]DhanushAlso director and screenwriter[18]
2017Velaiilla Pattadhari 2RaghuvaranSoundarya RajinikanthAlso screenwriter
Simultaneously shot in Telugu as VIP 2
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2018The Extraordinary Journey of the FakirAjatashatru Lavash Patel (Aja)[a]Ken ScottEnglish film[63]
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2018Vada ChennaiAnbuVetrimaaran[65]
2018Maari 2MaariBalaji Mohan[66]
2019AsuranSivasamyVetrimaaran[67]
2019Enai Noki Paayum ThotaRaghuGautham Menon[68]
2020PattasShakthi, Thiraviyaperumal[c]R. S. Durai Senthilkumar[69]
2020Jagame Thandhiram films that have not yet been releasedTBAKarthik SubbarajFilming[70]
2020Karnan films that have not yet been releasedTBAMari SelvarajFilming[71]
2021Atrangi ReFilm has yet to be releasedTBAAanand L. RaiHindi film; Filming[72]
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