Dhanush

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Dhanush
Dhanush at the launch of 'Raanjhanaa'.jpg
Dhanush in 2013
BornVenkatesh Prabhu Kasthuri Raja[1]
(1983-05-28) 28 May 1983 (age 30)[2]
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
ResidenceChennai, Tamil Nadu, India
OccupationFilm actor, producer, playback singer, lyricist
Years active2000–present
Spouse(s)Aishwarya Rajinikanth
(2004–present)
ParentsKasthuri Raja (Father)
RelativesSelvaraghavan (Brother)
Rajinikanth (Father-in-law)
Latha Rajinikanth (Mother-in-law)
Soundarya Rajinikanth (Sister-in-law)
 
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Dhanush
Dhanush at the launch of 'Raanjhanaa'.jpg
Dhanush in 2013
BornVenkatesh Prabhu Kasthuri Raja[1]
(1983-05-28) 28 May 1983 (age 30)[2]
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
ResidenceChennai, Tamil Nadu, India
OccupationFilm actor, producer, playback singer, lyricist
Years active2000–present
Spouse(s)Aishwarya Rajinikanth
(2004–present)
ParentsKasthuri Raja (Father)
RelativesSelvaraghavan (Brother)
Rajinikanth (Father-in-law)
Latha Rajinikanth (Mother-in-law)
Soundarya Rajinikanth (Sister-in-law)

Venkatesh Prabhu Kasthuri Raja (born on 28 July 1983), better known by his stage name Dhanush is an Indian film actor, producer, lyricist, and singer. A National Film Award-winner, he has primarily concentrated in Tamil films since his debut in Thulluvadho Ilamai (2001). Dhanush earned critical acclaim for his performances in Kadhal Kondein (2003), Pudhupettai (2006), Polladhavan (2007), 3 (2012) and Aadukalam (2011), winning his National Award for the latter. In 2011, he received international attention with his popular track "Why this Kolaveri Di". Dhanush made his Bollywood debut in 2013 with the critical and commercial success Raanjhanaa.

Personal life[edit source | edit]

Born to Indian film director Kasthuri Raja, he completed 10th in Thai Sathya Matriculation School, Saligramam, Chennai and entered acting, after being pressured by his brother, director Selvaraghavan.[3] Dhanush married Aishwarya, actor Rajinikanth's daughter, on 18 November 2004.[4] They have two sons, born in 2006 and 2010.[5][6]

Dhanush was nominated to become the brand ambassador of PETA with the title of India's Hottest Vegetarian Celebrity of 2011.[7] He worked with WWF India to support Earth Hour 2012.[8]

Career[edit source | edit]

2001–03[edit source | edit]

Dhanush debuted under the direction of Kasthuri Raja in the film Thulluvadho Ilamai which was declared as a "Blockbuster". He then appeared in his brother Selvaraghavan's first directorial venture, Kadhal Kondein. The film portrayed Dhanush as a mentally-disturbed youth, Vinodh, who yearned for the love of his friend, eventually turning possessive over her.[9] Upon release, the film won critical acclaim and became a commercial success, catapulting Dhanush into the main foray of actors in Tamil films.[10] His next film, released later in 2003 was Thiruda Thirudi it was also a "Blockbuster".[11]

2004–05[edit source | edit]

He appeared in Pudhukottaiyilirundhu Saravanan which was an Average grosser.Later, he worked for directorial venture Ramana's Sullan which fell short of market expectations and the high bids reportedly translated to heavy losses for the distributors, [12] dubbed into Telugu as Maurya.[13] He appeared in Dreams in 2004.[14] The film was directed by his father, like their previous venture was released with reviews claiming it was another adult film.[15] In 2005, Dhanush appeared in Devathaiyai Kanden which he was praised by many critics. later, it was dubbed into Telugu,[13] and Balu Mahendra's Adhu Oru Kana Kaalam.

2006–10[edit source | edit]

The 2006-released Pudhupettai re-united him with his brother after their successful previous venture, pitted him against two prominent heroines Sneha and Sonia Agarwal.[16] The movie is about the rites of passages in the life and times of an everyday-man who ends up as a dreaded gangster, 'Kokki' Kumar, the role portrayed by Dhanush. A critic praised Dhanush's realistic portrayal, saying that "as the innocent boy who transmogrifies into a bloody criminal, Dhanush is utterly believable. The subtle changes in his body language and his ability to give every expression a deeper meaning make the character more interesting. This is certainly one of his better performances."[17] The Telugu dubbed version was titled Dhoolpet.[13] Dhanush achieved his first Superhit in three years with the commercial entertainer Thiruvilayadal Arambam, alongside Shriya Saran and Prakash Raj. The comedy film showed the relationship between a poor man who loved the sister of a businessman. The film was well received by critics and audiences.[18][19]

Dhanush's first release of 2007, Parattai Engira Azhagu Sundaram which did not gone well,.[20] The film, which was a remake of the successful Kannada language film, Jogi, starred him opposite Meera Jasmine[21] However, his second film Polladhavan released during Diwali 2007 was a "Blockbuster" .[22] Polladhavan, based on 1948–Italian neorealist The Bicycle Thieves, featured Dhanush,[22] whose performance was called " first-rate".[23]

The remake of a Telugu film directed by his brother was Dhanush's first 2008 release. Directed by debutant M. Jawahar, Yaaradi Nee Mohini with Nayantara was a Superhit.[24] He later appeared in a cameo appearance for his father-in-law Rajnikanth's venture, Kuselan, being portrayed as himself in a song sequence. His subsequent venture was Suraj's Padikathavan was also a Superhit which released on late 2009.[25] His performance was praised, with Sify.com citing that "Dhanush is in top form in his dance" and "has improved a lot in action", stating that the climax fight featuring him was "outstanding".[26] His following 2010 films were Kutty and Uthama Puthiran, both collaborations with director Mithran Jawahar become Commercial success.

Dhanush seen with Amitabh Bachchan at the BIG Star Entertainment Awards (2012)

2011–present[edit source | edit]

Dhanush's first 2011 release was Aadukalam, marking his second collaboration with Vetrimaran which was one of Biggest blockbuster movie in his career, which he had shot for over three years. Dhanush played the role of a local cockfighter which he described as his "dream project" during production.[27] The film gained very positive reviews and won six prizes at the 58th National Film Awards, with Dhanush receiving the National Film Award for Best Actor,[28] Dhanush appeared in an extended guest appearance in Subramania Siva's Seedan, portraying the role of a god. His next two ventures were action-masala films, Mappillai, a remake of his father-in-law's same-titled 1989 comedy flick and Venghai by Hari, where decent hits.

His next film was another collaboration with his brother, Mayakkam Enna that received positive reviews from critics. His only 2012 release was 3 directed by his wife, Aishwarya Rajinikanth with Shruti Haasan. The film became a commercial success.[29][30] In 2013 he debuted in Bollywood with Raanjhanaa opposite Sonam Kapoor. A romantic drama film, directed by Anand L. Rai it was declared a 'Hit' by Box Office India. His recent film Maryan opposite Parvathi Menon, was a moderate commercial success. The film revolved around a story of human survival adapted from a newspaper article of a real-life crisis event, when three oil workers from Tamil Nadu were kidnapped and taken hostage in Sudan by mercenaries.[31] He has scheduled to start work on Naiyaandi directed by A. Sarkunam and KV Anand's action thriller Anegan.

References[edit source | edit]

  1. ^ Trivedi, Tanvi (Apr 29, 2013). "Spotlight on South Indian actors now". Times of India. Retrieved 2013-05-15. 
  2. ^ "Maapillai’ turns 27!". Times of India. 29 July 2010. 
  3. ^ "K. Selvaraghavan". IMDb. Retrieved 31 May 2007. "their father Kasturi Raja" 
  4. ^ "Biography for Dhanush". IMDb. Retrieved 13 May 2007.  Attention: The IMDB entry apparently contains a false date of birth
  5. ^ Tamil Nadu / Chennai News : Rajnikanth turns grandfather. The Hindu (2006-10-12). Retrieved on 2013-04-10.
  6. ^ Dhanush's son named Linga – Tamil Movie News. Indiaglitz.com (2010-07-02). Retrieved on 2013-04-10.
  7. ^ Prakash. "Actor Dhanush | Actress Vidya Balan | PETA Race". Entertainment.oneindia.in. Retrieved 29 December 2011. 
  8. ^ Cities / Chennai : Light in darkness: city marks Earth Hour. The Hindu (2012-04-01). Retrieved 15 June 2012.
  9. ^ Meet Dhanush. Archives.chennaionline.com. Retrieved 31 May 2011.
  10. ^ Rangarajan, Malathi (11 July 2003). "Review: Kadhal Kondain". The Hindu. Retrieved 11 November 2007. 
  11. ^ Rangarajan, Malathi (12 September 2003). "Review: Thiruda Thirudi". The Hindu. Retrieved 11 November 2007. 
  12. ^ "Dhanush". IMDb. Retrieved 13 May 2007. 
  13. ^ a b c "Cashing in on papa-in-law's name". The Hindu. Retrieved 20 December 2007. 
  14. ^ "Review: Dreams". Indiaglitz. 18 November 2004. Retrieved 11 November 2007. 
  15. ^ Rangarajan, Malathi (26 November 2004). "Review: Dreams". The Hindu. Retrieved 20 December 2007. 
  16. ^ Reddy, T. Krithika; Arvind Krishna, R. Ragu (14 February 2006). "'We are creative gamblers'". The Hindu. Retrieved 11 November 2007. 
  17. ^ "Review: Pudhupettai". Indiaglitz. 26 May 2006. Retrieved 11 November 2007. 
  18. ^ "Thiruvilayadal Arambam – Breezy masala". Indiaglitz.com. 18 December 2006. Retrieved 20 December 2007. 
  19. ^ Davis, Franko. "Review: Thiruvilayaadal Arambham". Nowrunning. Retrieved 1 January 2007. 
  20. ^ "Review: Parattai Engira Azhagu Sundaram". Sify. Retrieved 11 November 2007. 
  21. ^ "Releases in 2007". tamilnaduentertainment.com. 20 December 2007. Retrieved 30 October 2007. 
  22. ^ a b "Polladhavan – geared up for Diwali". Chennai365.com. 9 June 2007. Retrieved 30 October 2007. 
  23. ^ "Review: Polladhavan". Sify. Retrieved 11 November 2007. 
  24. ^ Kumar, S. Ashok (9 June 2007). "Dhanush pairs up with Nayanthara". Chennai, India: The Hindu. Retrieved 11 November 2007. 
  25. ^ "Dhanush in ‘Padikkathaavan’". Indiaglitz. 20 March 2008. Retrieved 20 March 2008. 
  26. ^ "Padikkathavan". Sify. 14 January 2009. Retrieved 14 January 2009. 
  27. ^ "Yatra is my lucky mascot: Dhanush – Times Of India". Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 28 July 2009. Retrieved 10 September 2011. 
  28. ^ Bollywood beaten back at National Film Awards – Movies News News – IBNLive. Ibnlive.in.com. Retrieved 31 May 2011.
  29. ^ Ramadurai, Charukesi (24 November 2011). "BBC News – Tamil 'nonsense' film song goes viral in India". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 29 December 2011. 
  30. ^ "'Kolaveri Di': Nonsensical, Semi-English Music Video Goes Viral in India | NewsFeed | TIME.com". Newsfeed.time.com. 30 November 2011. Retrieved 29 December 2011. 
  31. ^ "Dhanush – Chimbudevan's 'Mareesan'". IndiaGlitz. Retrieved 25 August 2011. 

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