Dhanush is an Indian film actor, producer, director, writer, lyricist, screenwriter and playback singer who usually works in Tamil cinema. He has also starred in a couple Hindi films. He won the Best Actor award at the 58th National Film Awards for his performance in Aadukalam. In 2011, Dhanush’s popular song “Why this Kolaveri Di” became the first Indian music video to cross 100 million views on YouTube. He produces films through his production company, Wunderbar Films. Dhanush has also won seven Filmfare Awards.

Birth Name

Venkatesh Prabhu Kasturi Raja


Dhanush, Bruce Lee of Kollywood


Actor, Producer, Director, Writer, Lyricist, Screenwriter, Playback Singer



Personal Life

Birthday / Date of Birth

Dhanush was born on the 28th of July 1983, in Theni, Tamil Nadu, India.


He’s currently 39 years old.


Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Sun Sign



Indian (Tamil)




Dhanush attended Thai Sathiya Matriculation High School, Saligramam and later to St. John’s Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Alwarthirunagar. He later transferred to JRK Matriculation Higher Secondary School in Vadapalani, Chennai for 12th State Board Exams.

Family Details

  • Father – Kasthuri Raja (Film Director)

  • Mother – Vijayalakshmi
  • Siblings – Selvaraghavan (Film Director) (Older Brother) Vimala Geetha (Sister), Karthika Devi (Sister)
  • Relatives – Rajinikanth (Actor) (Father-in-Law) Anirudh Ravichander (Musician) (Cousin) Soundarya Rajinikanth (Filmmaker) (Sister-In-Law) Hrishikesh (cousin)

Marital Status


Girlfriend / Spouse

Dhanush dated –

  • Aishwarya R. (2004–2022) – On 18 November 2004, Dhanush married Aishwarya, eldest daughter of Rajinikanth. His wife is two years older than him. They have two sons named Yatra, born in 2006 and Linga, born in 2010. The couple announced their separation on 17 January 2022.

Physical Statistics


  • In feet – 5 feet 9 inches
  • In centimeters – 173 cm
  • In meters – 1.73 m


  • In Kilograms – 70 kg
  • In Pounds – 154 lbs

Body Measurements

  • Measurements – 38-11-30
  • Chest – 38 in or 100 cm
  • Arms / Biceps – 11 in or 28 cm
  • Waist – 30 in or 76 cm

Body Build


Eye Color


Hair Color


Shoe Size

He wears a size 10 (US) shoe.



Professional Statistics

Famous For

Dhanush popular number Why This Kolaveri Di was the first Indian music video to surpass 100 million views on YouTube.

Film Debut

In 2002, Dhanush made his onscreen acting debut in his father Kasthuri Raja’s teen coming of age film, Thulluvadho Ilamai.

Singing Debut

As a playback singer, Dhanush first lent his voice for the song Naatu Sarakku in the film  Pudhukottaiyilirundhu Saravanan under Yuvan Shankar Raja music.

Television Debut

Dhanush hasn’t appeared in any TV series other than promotional talk shows.

Brand Endorsements

In August 2013, Dhanush was made the brand ambassador for Perfetti India’s Center Fresh.

Dhanush Favorites

  • Favorite ActorsRajinikanth, Mohan Lal, Amitabh Bachchan, Al Pacino
  • Favorite ActressKajol, Kareena Kapoor
  • Favorite Musician – Ilayaraja
  • Favorite Films – Netri Kann, Baasha, Pudhupettai, Drushyam
  • Favorite Color – Black
  • Favorite Book – Love Story by Erich Sega
  • Favorite Sport – Football, Snooker, Tennis
  • Favorite Football Club – FC Barcelona
  • Favorite Food – South Indian Food

Dhanush Net worth

Dhanush has an estimated net worth of $20 million dollars as of 2019. He charges Rs 10 to 15 crore per film as remuneration. He lives in a luxurious house located in T. Nagar, Chennai. He has a large fleet of exotic cars from luxury car makers including Audi A8, Jaguar XE, Bently Continental Flying Spur, Rolls Royce Ghost Series II and Harley Davidson.

Social Media Profiles

Some Lesser Known Facts About Dhanush

  • Dhanush was born into the family of the filmmakers, he was never interested in acting instead he wanted to be a Marine Engineer.
  • He acted at the age of 16 in a film Thulluvadho Ilamai directed by his father.
  • His wife Aishwarya is 2 years older than him.

  • At the age of 26, he is the youngest actor who got The National Award.
  • Dhanush won his first National Film Award for Best Actor at the 58th National Film Awards for his performance in the film Aadukalam, directed by Vetri Maran.
  • He has won three National Film Awards for his films Aadukalam (Actor), Kakka Muttai (Producer) and Visaranai (Producer).
  • In 2011, his song Kolaveri Di made him a household name and became the first Indian video to cross 100 million views.
  • In 2011, he was awarded as the hottest vegetarian by PETA.
  • In August 2013, Dhanush was signed by Perfetti India Ltd. as their brand ambassador for Center Fresh chewing gum.
  • He has sung for the debutant musician Ganesh Chandrasekaran in the film Ezhumin. The song was received well among the audience as he famously renders it emotionally.
  • In 2021, Dhanush’s role was his starring role in Karnan, directed by Mari Selvaraj, and featuring Lal, Natarajan Subramaniam, Yogi Babu, Rajisha Vijayan, Gouri Kishan, Lakshmi Priyaa Chandramouli alongside him.
  • In 2022, Dhanush starred in Thiruchitrambalam, directed by Mithran Jawahar, and featuring Nithya Menen, Priya Bhavani Shankar, Rashi Kanna, Bharathiraja, Prakash Raj, Munishkanth, all alongside Dhanush.


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