|Real Name||Venkatesh Prabhu Kasthuri Raja
|Nickname||Dhanush, Bruce Lee of Kollywood|
|Profession||Actor, Filmmaker, Singer|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height||in centimeters- 163 cm
in meters- 1.63 m
in Feet Inches- 5’ 9”
|Weight||in Kilograms- 63 kg
in Pounds- 139 lbs
|Body Measurements||- Chest: 38 Inches
- Waist: 30 Inches
- Biceps: 11 Inches
|Date of Birth||28 July 1983|
|Age (as in 2017)||34 Years|
|Birth Place||Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India|
|Zodiac sign/Sun sign||Leo|
|Hometown||Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India|
|School||Thai Sathya Matriculation High School, Chennai|
|College||Madurai Kamraj University (Distance Education)|
|Educational Qualifications||BCA (Correspondence )|
|Debut||Film Debut: Thulluvadho Ilamai (2001, Tamil Movie)
Raanjhanaa (2013, Bollywood)
Directorial Debut: Power Paandi (2017)
Singing Debut: "Naatu Sarakku" in the film Pudhukottaiyilirundhu Saravanan (2004)
|Family||Father- Kasthuri Raja (Filmmaker)
Brother- Selvaraghavan (Elder, Director)
Sisters- K. Vimala Geetha, Karthika Devi
|Address||16/5, Rajamannar Salai, T Nagar, Chennai|
|Hobbies||Playing snooker & table tennis, reading, novels, writing|
|Controversies||• There were reports that Shruti Haasan and Dhanush got carried away with their romantic scenes on the sets of a 2011 film, 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 (INR) from Dhanush. Later, it was found that there was no truth to the couple's claim.
|Favourite Food||Idiyappam, Kadala Curry|
|Favourite Actor||Mohanlal, Amitabh Bachchan, Rajinikanth, Al Pacino,Tom Hanks|
|Favourite Actress||Siman, Kajol, Kareena Kapoor, Monica Bellucci|
|Favourite Film||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||Tennis, Snooker|
|Girls, Affairs and More|
|Wife/Spouse||Aishwarya R. Dhanush (Director and Classical Dancer, m. 2004-present)
|Marriage Date||18 November 2004
|Children||Son- Yatra (2006) and Linga (2010)
|Car Collection||Audi A8, Bentley Continental Flying Spur, Jaguar XE, Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II|
|Salary||10-15 crore/film (INR)|
|Net Worth||$15 million|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Dhanush
- Does Dhanush Smoke?: No
- Does Dhanush Drink Alcohol?: No
- Though Dhanush was born to 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 directed by his father.
- He is the son-in-law of popular South Indian actor Rajinikanth.
- He is an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva has that’s why he has named his two sons Yatra (Pilgrimage) and Linga (Shiv Lingam).
- His wife Aishwarya is 2 years older than him.
- He met Aishwarya at the screening of the film Kaadhal Kondein (2003).
- He is passionate about music and has written & sung Tamil songs.
- In 2011, his song “Kolaveri Di” made him a household name and become 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 birthday, he visited Kotiswari, a 12-year-old dying fan (last stages of blood cancer).