Venkatesh Prabhu known by his stage name Dhanush, is an Indian film actor, producer, lyricist and playback singer who has worked predominantly in Tamil cinema. In 2011, he won the National Film Award for Best Actor for the Tamil film “Aadukalam” and in the same year, he received international attention for his song “Why This Kolaveri Di”, which went on to became the most viewed Indian song in YouTube.As of 2014, he has won five Filmfare Awards.
|Real Name||Venkatesh Prabhu Kasthuri Raja|
|Nickname(s)||Dhanush, Bruce Lee of Kollywood|
|Profession(s)||Actor, Filmmaker, Singer|
|Famous For||Singing 'Why this Kolaveri Di'|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 173 cm|
|in meters- 1.73 m|
|in feet inches- 5’ 9”|
|Weight (approx.)||in kilograms- 70 kg|
|in pounds- 154 lbs|
|Body Measurements (approx.)||- Chest: 38 inches|
|- Waist: 30 inches|
|- Biceps: 11 inches|
|Date of Birth||1983-07-28 00:00:00|
|Age (as in 2018)||35 Years|
|Birthplace||Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India|
|Zodiac sign/Sun sign||Leo|
|Hometown||Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India|
|School||Thai Sathya Matriculation High School, Chennai|
|College/University||Madurai Kamraj University (Distance Education) Madurai, Tamil Nadu|
|Educational Qualification||BCA (Correspondence)|
|Debut||Tamil Film: Thulluvadho Ilamai (2001)|
|Hindi Film: Raanjhanaa (2013)|
|Directorial Debut: Power Paandi (2017)|
|Singing Debut: "Naatu Sarakku" in the film Pudhukottaiyilirundhu Saravanan (2004)|
|Address||16/5, Rajamannar Salai, T Nagar, Chennai|
|Hobbies||Playing Snooker & Table Tennis, Reading Novels, Writing|
|Awards, Honours, Achievements||Filmfare Award for Raanjhanaa (2013)|
|• He has won Filmfare Awards South 6 times for various categories like Actor, Playback Singer, Producer|
|• He has received Vijay Awards 9 times for various categories like Actor, Producer, Singer, Lyricist|
|• He has won South Indian International Movie Awards 11 times|
|• Filmfare Award for Raanjhanaa for Best Male Debut|
|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 rumours.|
|• 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.|
|Girls, Affairs, and More|
|Shruti Haasan (Actress, Rumoured)|
|Marriage Date||2004-11-18 00:00:00|
|Marriage Location||Raghavendra Kalyana Mandapam, Chennai|
|Wife/Spouse||Aishwarya R. Dhanush (Director and Classical Dancer, m. 2004-present)|
|Children||Sons- Yatra (born; 2006) and Linga (born; 2010)|
|Parents||Father- Kasthuri Raja (Filmmaker)|
|Siblings||Brother- Selvaraghavan (Elder, Director)|
|Sisters- K. Vimala Geetha, Karthika Devi|
|Favourite Food(s)||Idiyappam, Kadala Curry|
|Favourite Actor(s)||Mohanlal, Amitabh Bachchan, Rajinikanth, Al Pacino, Tom Hanks|
|Favourite Actresses||Simran, Kajol, Kareena Kapoor, Monica Bellucci|
|Favourite Films||Tamil: Netri Kann, Baasha, Pudhupettai|
|Favourite Song||Thendral Vanthu Theendum Pothu from the film 'Avatharam' (2014)|
|Favourite Book||Love Story by Erich Sega|
|Favourite Sport(s)||Tennis, Snooker, Football|
|Favourite Football Club||FC Barcelona|
|Cars Collection||Audi A8, Bentley Continental Flying Spur, Jaguar XE, Rolls-Royce Ghost Series IIDhanush out of his car|
|Salary (approx.)||₹10-15 crore/film|
|Net Worth (approx.)||$15 million (As in 2016)|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Dhanush
- Does Dhanush smoke?: Not Known
- Does Dhanush drink alcohol?: Not Known
- Though Dhanush was born into the family of the filmmakers, he was never interested in acting; instead, he wanted to be a Marine Engineer.
- Earlier, his family had faced tough times as his father worked as a mill worker before working as an assistant director.
- Not many people know that for the first time, Dhanush acted at the age of 16 in a film ‘Thulluvadho Ilamai‘ directed by his father.
- Dhanush met Aishwarya at the screening of the film Kaadhal Kondein (2003).
- He is the son-in-law of popular South Indian actor Rajinikanth.
- His wife Aishwarya is 2 years older than him.
- Dhanush is the first South Indian actor who reached 4M followers on Twitter
- At the age of 26, he is the youngest actor who got The National Award.
- Dhanush receiving Rajat Kamal Award from former President Pratibha Patil
- He is an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva and that’s why he has named his two sons Yatra (Pilgrimage) and Linga (Shiv Lingam).
- Dhanush is passionate about music and he has written & sung many Tamil songs.
- In 2011, his song “Kolaveri Di” made him a household name and became the first Indian video to cross 100 million views. Dhanush wrote this song in just 6 minutes and its rough version was recorded in around 40 minutes.
- In 2011, he was awarded as the hottest vegetarian by PETA.
- On one of his birthdays, he visited Kotiswari, a 12-year-old dying fan (last stages of blood cancer).
Dhanush on Instagram and Twitter
Happy doctors day, On this day I would like to thank and express my gratitude to each and every doctor who are selflessly risking their lives to save lives of millions of people 🙏🙏🙏🙏♥️♥️♥️♥️
— Dhanush (@dhanushkraja) July 1, 2020