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 NameVenkatesh Prabhu Kasthuri Raja
Nickname(s)Dhanush, Bruce Lee of Kollywood
Profession(s)Actor, Filmmaker, Singer
Famous ForSinging '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
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourBlack
Personal Life
Date of Birth1983-07-28 00:00:00
Age (as in 2018)35 Years
BirthplaceChennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Zodiac sign/Sun signLeo
SignatureDhanush's signature
HometownChennai, Tamil Nadu, India
SchoolThai Sathya Matriculation High School, Chennai
College/UniversityMadurai Kamraj University (Distance Education) Madurai, Tamil Nadu
Educational QualificationBCA (Correspondence)
DebutTamil Film: Thulluvadho Ilamai (2001)
Hindi Film: Raanjhanaa (2013)
Directorial Debut: Power Paandi (2017)
Singing Debut: "Naatu Sarakku" in the film Pudhukottaiyilirundhu Saravanan (2004)
Food HabitVegetarian
Address16/5, Rajamannar Salai, T Nagar, Chennai
HobbiesPlaying Snooker & Table Tennis, Reading Novels, Writing
Awards, Honours, AchievementsFilmfare 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
Marital StatusMarried
Affairs/GirlfriendsAishwarya (Director)
Shruti Haasan (Actress, Rumoured)
Marriage Date2004-11-18 00:00:00
Marriage LocationRaghavendra Kalyana Mandapam, Chennai
Wife/SpouseAishwarya R. Dhanush (Director and Classical Dancer, m. 2004-present)
ChildrenSons- Yatra (born; 2006) and Linga (born; 2010)
Daughter- None
ParentsFather- Kasthuri Raja (Filmmaker)
Mother- Vijaylakshmi
SiblingsBrother- Selvaraghavan (Elder, Director)
Sisters- K. Vimala Geetha, Karthika Devi
Favourite Things
Favourite Food(s)Idiyappam, Kadala Curry
Favourite Actor(s)Mohanlal, Amitabh Bachchan, Rajinikanth, Al Pacino, Tom Hanks
Favourite ActressesSimran, Kajol, Kareena Kapoor, Monica Bellucci
Favourite FilmsTamil: Netri Kann, Baasha, Pudhupettai
Telugu: Drushyam
Favourite MusicianIlaiyaraaja
Favourite SongThendral Vanthu Theendum Pothu from the film 'Avatharam' (2014)
Favourite BookLove Story by Erich Sega
Favourite ColourBlack
Favourite Sport(s)Tennis, Snooker, Football
Favourite Football ClubFC Barcelona
Style Quotient
Cars CollectionAudi A8, Bentley Continental Flying Spur, Jaguar XE, Rolls-Royce Ghost Series IIDhanush out of his car
Money Factor
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


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