Biography / trivia
# Dhanush’s birth name is Venkatesh Prabhu Kasthuri Raja. He was born on 28th July 1983 in Chennai, India. His father Kasthuri Raja is a noted film director in tamil film industry. His brother Selvaraghavan is a well known director in Tamil cinema.
# After finishing higher education at “St. John’s Matriculation Higher Secondary School Alwarthirunagar” Dhanush entered films. His brother Selvaraghavan supported his film career from the very beginning. Apart from acting he loves singing and writing lyrics.
# He entered films with “Thulluvadho Ilamai” in 2002 the film became a huge hit earning him a good fan base, the movie was directed by his father Kasthuri Raja.
# His 2nd venture “Kadhal Kondein” in 2003 was a blockbuster of the year and his performance was appreciated nationwide. “Kadhal Kondein” was Selvaraghavan’s first directorial venture. Dhanush’s next film Thiruda Thirudi was also a hit, hence establish himself in the tamil film industry was just a piece of cake for him.
# His song “Why this Kolaveri Di” from film 3 became mania on internet and YouTube. It was the biggest hit of the decade breaking all the records and boundaries of languages. The lyrics of “Why this Kolaveri Di” were written by Dhanush himself. Not just tamil fans but people all over the world appreciated the performance. After “Why this Kolaveri Di” fame Dhanush got huge offers from Bollywood film makers.
# A fake user created facebook account under “”Dhanush Kasthuri Raja” name but in Aug 2009 Dhanush gave a public statement that the account was created by a fake user. He asked the user to deactivate the account before facing legal actions from his side.
# Dhanush married Rajinikanth‘s daughter Aishwarya on 18th Nov 2004. The couple have two sons, Yatra and Linga.
“It’s a huge burden to be known as Mr Rajinikanth’s son-in-law. Once I married his daughter Aishwarya in 2004, I lost my identity. Whatever name I had earned before that on my own was wiped away. Wherever I went, I became a son-in-law. It was a terrible phase for me. I had to work double hard to get back my identity.”
“My entry into film was accidental. I never thought I would be accepted but somehow audience has accepted me and my life goes on. Of course over a period of time I have come to realize the money that is being put in and the number of families who are dependent on the success of a film. So I do take my work seriously and follow director’s instructions and carry on.”
“I believe that it is empty vessels that make the most noise. I am not here to compete with others. My two aims in life is to entertain the audiences and see that my producers stand to gain from my projects. I do my work quietly and after work it is family time for me.”
“It’s not poetry. Whatever silly words came to my mind, I used it in the song. It’s just like any composition, nothing special. A group of us gen-next kids — me, Shruti Haasan, my wife Aishwarya and the composer Anirudh — were open to ideas,” [about Why this Kolaveri Di song]
Filmography / all movies list
|1||2002||Thulluvadho Ilamai||Kasthuri Raja||Sherin,Abhinay|
|2||2003||Kadhal Kondein||Selvaraghavan||Sonia Agarwal,Nagesh|
|3||2003||Thiruda Thirudi||Subramaniam Siva||Chaya Singh|
|4||2004||Pudhukottaiyilirundhu Saravanan||S. S. Stanley||Aparna Pillai,Karunas|
|6||2004||Dreams||Kasthuri Raja||Diya,Parul Yadav|
|7||2004||Devathaiyai Kanden||Boopathy Pandian||Sridevi Vijaykumar,Kunal|
|8||2005||Adhu OruKana Kaalam||Balu Mahendra||Priyamani,Tejashree|
|10||2006||Thiruvilayadal Arambam||Boopathy Pandian||Shriya,Prakash Raj|
|11||2007||Parattai Engira Azhagu Sundaram||Suresh Krishna||Meera Jasmine,Archana|
|13||2008||Yaaradi Nee Mohini||Mithran Jawahar||Nayantara,Karthik Kumar|
|15||2010||Kutty||Mithran Jawahar||Shriya Saran,Sameer Dattani|
|16||2010||Uthama Puthiran||Mithran Jawahar||Genelia D’Souza,Vivek|
|17||2011||Aadukalam||Vetrimaran||Taapsee Pannu,V. I. S.Jayabalan|
|18||2011||Mappillai||Suraj||Hansika Motwani,Manisha Koirala|
|20||2011||Mayakkam Enna||Selvaraghavan||Richa Gangopadhyay,Sunder Ramu|
|21||2012||3||Aishwarya Dhanush||Shruti Haasan,Sivakarthikeyan|
|22||2012||Raanjhnaa||Anand L. Rai||Sonam Kapoor,Deepak Dobriyal|