Movie Actor

Venkatesh Prabhu Kasthuri Raja, known professionally as Dhanush, is an Indian actor, producer, director, lyricist and playback singer who predominantly works in Tamil cinema.

Full Name
Jul 28, 1983
5′ 6″
Net Worth


Dhanush was born on July 28, 1983 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. His birth name is Venkatesh Prabhu Kasthuri Raja and he has been credited with a variety of names throughout his career including Dhanush, Dhanushkodi and Kalaipuli S. Dhanush. He is the son of director Kasthuri Raja and the brother of actor-director Selvaraghavan. 

Dhanush made his acting debut in 2002's Thulluvadho Ilamai at the age of 19. The film opened to good reviews and established him as a successful leading actor in Tamil cinema. Following this success, he appeared in numerous hit films such as Kadhal Kondein (2003), Pudhupettai (2006) and Polladhavan (2007). Dhanush has also had commercial success with films like Thiruda Thirudi (2003), Devathayai Kanden (2005) and Aadukalam (2011).

In 2011, Dhanush won the National Award for Best Actor for his performance in Aadukalam. This was followed by another National Award for Best Lyrics for his song "Why This Kolaveri Di" from 3 (2012). In 2013, he received further recognition when he was invited to be a part of the Academy Awards ceremony as an ambassador for India.

Apart from acting in films, Dhanush has also ventured into producing with projects such as Ethir Neechal (2013) and Velaiyilla Pattathari (2014). He has also done playback singing for some of his own movies as well as other Tamil movies.

Life Timeline

<div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1983</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Dhanush is Born</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">On July 28, 1983, Dhanush was born Venkatesh Prabhu in Chennai, India.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2002</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Debut Movie Release</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Dhanush released his debut movie Thulluvadho Ilamai to critical acclaim.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2009</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">1st Commercial Success</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Released the movie Yaaradi Nee Mohini, which marked his first commercial success.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2012</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">National Award Winning Performance</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Wins a National Award for Best Actor for his performance in the movie Aadukalam.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2016</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Kolaveri Di Song Goes Viral</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">The song Kolaveri Di from the movie 3 goes viral and becomes an international sensation.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2019</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Internationally Acclaimed Film Asuran</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Releases the internationally acclaimed film Asuran, which wins several awards.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2021</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Hollywood Debut</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Makes his Hollywood debut in the movie The Gray Man starring Chris Evans and Ryan Gosling.</p></div>

Why We Love Them

<div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">A.</span> He's a Versatile Actor</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Dhanush is a highly versatile actor who can easily switch between different genres and roles. He has starred in numerous films, ranging from romantic comedies to action thrillers, and has earned critical acclaim for his performances.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">B.</span> He's a Charismatic Star</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Dhanush is an incredibly charismatic star that fans can't help but love. His charm, wit, and good looks make him an easy favorite among moviegoers, and he often leaves them wanting more after every performance.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">C.</span> He's a Generous Philanthropist</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Dhanush is an incredibly generous philanthropist who donates his time and money to numerous causes. He has supported charities such as the Akshaya Patra Foundation and the Smile Foundation, both of which provide meals to underprivileged children in India.</p></div>

Interesting Facts

<div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">1.</span> Won National Film Award</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Dhanush won the National Film Award for Best Actor in 2014 for his performance in the movie "Kaaka Muttai".</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">2.</span> Produced Multiple Films</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">In addition to acting, Dhanush has also produced multiple films. These include "Vada Chennai", "Kaala" and more.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">3.</span> Guinness World Records Holder</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Dhanush holds the Guinness World Record for delivering the longest continuous film shot. He did this for the movie "Padikathavan".</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">4.</span> Singer and Lyricist</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Dhanush is not only an actor but also a singer and lyricist. He has sung and written lyrics for multiple songs.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">5.</span> Has His Own Production Company</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Dhanush founded his own production company called Wunderbar Films in 2012. The company has since produced multiple hit movies.</p></div>


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