Venkatesh Prabhu (born 28 July 1983), better known by his stage name Dhanush, is an Indian film actor, director, producer, writer, lyricist, screenwriter and playback singer best known for his work 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 video song to cross 100 million views on YouTube. Dhanush produces films under his production company, Wunderbar Films. He has won 3 National Film Awards and 7 Filmfare Awards.
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.
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 Telugurert, and in very same year he also worked on Balu Mahendra's Adhu Oru Kana Kaalam.
Dhanush's first release in 2011, which he had shot for over three years, was Aadukalam, marking his second collaboration with Vetrimaran. Dhanush played the role of a local cockfighter and described the venture as his "Dream Project" during production. 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.
The movie 3 directed by his wife, Aishwarya Rajinikanth with Shruti Haasan. The movie became a commercial success and his "Why this Kolaveri Di" Song gave big hit in YouTube which make him to debut in hindi movie Ranjhanaa. For the first time he acted in A R Rahman's music Mariyaan film by Bharath Bala.
Dhanush occasionally works as a playback singer and lyricist as well, generally in 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 sung further numbers in Selvaraghavan's films Aayirathil Oruvan and Mayakkam Enna.
His biggest success became the song "Why this Kolaveri Di" from his film 3, directed by his wife. The song became viral on internet and gained overwhelming response, fetching Dhanush nationwide fame. He had also sung another song "Kannazhaga" from the same film with his co-star Shruti Haasan.
He was nominated to become the brand ambassador of PETA with the title of India's Hottest Vegetarian Celebrity of 2011. Dhanush joins hands with WWF India to support Earth Hour 2012.
He also started his own production banner named as WUNDER BAR.
Dhanush has finally revealed the release date of his upcoming film 'VIP 2'. The actioner, that is a sequel to the 2014 super hit flick 'Vellaiilla Pattadhari', will star Kajol along with the cast of the original film.
Dhanush recently released his first directorial venture 'Power Paandi' which won a lot of praise. He is currently working on a thriller with Gautham Menon and also on a gangster trilogy titled 'Vada Chennai'.
'VIP 2' is directed by Soundarya Rajinikanth and is written by Dhanush himself.
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