Dhanush Height, Age, Girlfriend, Wife, Family, Biography

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Age: 41 Years
Hometown: Egmore, Chennai
Marital Status: Divorced


Birth nameR K Vengadesha Prabu [1]Deccan Herald
Real nameVenkatesh Prabhu Kasthuri Raja [2]Wikipedia
Other nameDhanush K Raja [3]Instagram
Profession(s)Actor, Producer, Director, Writer, Lyricist, Screenwriter, and Playback Singer
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)5' 9" (175 cm)
Weight (approx.)70 Kg (154 lbs)
Body Measurements (approx.)- Chest: 38 inches
- Waist: 30 inches
- Biceps: 11 inches
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourBlack
DebutFilm (Tamil; As an actor): Thulluvadho Ilamai (2002) as Mahesh
Thulluvadho Ilamai
Film (Hindi; As an actor): Raanjhanaa (2013) as Kundan Shankarin
Film (English; As an actor): The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir (2015) as Lavash Patel
Dhanush in The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir
Film (Tamil; As a producer): 3 (2012)
3 film poster
Film (Tamil; As a lyricist): Kadhal En Kadhal from ‘Mayakkam Enna’ (2011)
Dhanush in Kadhal En Kadhal from Mayakkam Enna
Awards, Honours, Achievements National Film Awards
2010: Best Actor for Aadukalam
2014: Best Children’s Film (co-producer) for Kaaka Muttai
Dhanush receiving National Film Award
2015: Best Feature Film in Tamil (co-producer) for Visaranai
2019: Best Actor for Asuran
Dhanush receiving the National Film Award for Asuran

Filmfare Awards (Bollywood)
2013: Best Debutant Actor for Raanjhanaa

Filmfare Awards South
2011: Best Actor for Aadukalam
2012: Best Male Playback Singer for Why This Kolaveri Di from the film 3
2012: Best Actor for 3
2013: Critics Best Actor award for Maryan
2014: Best Actor for Velaiyilla Pattathari
2015: Best Film for Kaaka Muttai (co-producer)
2018: Best Actor for Vada Chennai

Vijay Awards
2008: Best Entertainer of the Year for Yaaradi Nee Mohini
2011: Best Crew (actor) for Aadukalam
2012: Best Lyricist for “Po Nee Po” from 3
2013: Best Crew (producer) for Ethir Neechal
2014: Best Actor for Velaiyilla Pattathari

South Indian International Movie Awards (SIIMA)
2011: Best Actor for Aadukalam
2011: Best Male Playback Singer for “Voda Voda” from Mayakkam Enna

IIFA Utsavam
2015: Best Lyricist – Tamil for “Don-u Don-u Don-u” from Maari
2018: Best Actor for Vada Chennai
2018: Best Film for Vada Chennai (co-producer)

Edison Awards (India)
2013: Best Actor for Maryan
2018: Best Actor for Vada Chennai
2019: Best Actor for Asuran

Note: He has many more accolades to his name.
Personal Life
Date of Birth28 July 1982 (Wednesday)
Age (as of 2023) 41 Years
BirthplaceGovernment Children’s Hospital in Egmore, Chennai, Tamil Nadu [4]The Hindu
Zodiac signLeo
Signature/AutographDhanush's autograph
HometownChennai, Tamil Nadu
SchoolThai Sathya Matriculation High School, Chennai
College/UniversityMadurai Kamaraj University
Educational QualificationBachelor of Computer Application (distance education) [5]S & S Family First
ReligionHinduism [6]India Today
CasteNaicker (Backward class community) [7]India Today
Food HabitVegetarian [8]The Times of India
Controversies• There were reports that Shruti Haasan and Dhanush got carried away while shooting for a romantic scene on the sets of '3' movie in 2011, which later turned out to be an affair. However, Dhanush’s wife slammed such rumours. [9]Odisha TV

• In November 2016, Kathiresan and Meenaal, an old couple from Thiruppuvanam, Tamil Nadu, claimed that they were the real parents of Dhanush. They said that Dhanush's original name was 'Kalaiyarasan,' and he left the house in 2002 after his poor scores in exam results, after which he came to Chennai to become an actor and never visited them again. Not only this, they filed a complaint in the local police station and the Chief Minister's special cell, and appealed the authorities to help them "in getting their son back" and asked for a monthly maintenance of ₹65000/month from Dhanush. Later, it was found that there was no truth to the couple's claim. [10]The News Minute [11]Deccan Herald

• In 2017, Dhanush was accused of sexual assaults by the South Indian singer RJ Suchitra in one of her tweets. Later, her husband said that she was in depression, and her Twitter account was hacked. [12]The Indian Express
Relationships & More
Marital StatusDivorced
Affairs/Girlfriends• Aishwarya R. Dhanush
Shruti Haasan (Actor; rumoured in 2011) [13]Odisha TV
Shruti Haasan With Dhanush
Trisha Krishnan (Actor; rumoured) [14]Odisha TV
Dhanush with Trisha Krishnan
Marriage Date8 November 2004
Marriage PlaceRaghavendra Kalyana Mandapam, Chennai
Dhanush and Aishwarya's Marriage Photo
Wife/SpouseAishwarya R. Dhanush (Director and Classical Dancer) (m. 2004; div. 2024)
Dhanush with his wife
ChildrenSon(s)- Yatra (born; 2006) and Linga (born; 2010)
Dhanush with his wife and children
ParentsFather- Kasthuri Raja (Filmmaker)
Mother- Vijaylakshmi
Dhanush with his parents and wife
SiblingsBrother- Selvaraghavan (Elder, Director)
Sisters- K. Vimala Geetha, Karthika Devi (Doctor)
Dhanush with his brother and sisters
Other RelativeFather-in-law- Rajinikanth (Actor)
Dhanush with his father-in-law, Rajinikanth
FoodIdiyappam, Kadala Curry
Actor(s)Mohanlal, Amitabh Bachchan, Al Pacino, Tom Hanks
Actress(es)Simran, Kajol, Kareena Kapoor, Monica Bellucci
Film(s)Netri Kann (1981), Baashha (1995), Pudhupettai (2006), and Drushyam (2014)
Song“Thendral Vanthu Theendum Pothu” from the film ‘Avatharam’ (2014)
BookLove Story by Erich Segal
Sport(s)Tennis, Snooker, Football
Football ClubFC Barcelona
Style Quotient
Car Collection• Audi A8
• Bentley Continental Flying Spur
• Rolls Royce Ghost Series 2
• Jaguar XE [15]Patrika
Money Factor
Net WorthRs. 31.75 crore (as of 2019) [16]Forbes India


Some Lesser Known Facts About Dhanush

  • Does Dhanush smoke?: No [17]SS Family First
  • Does Dhanush drink alcohol?: No [18]SS Family First
  • Dhanush is an Indian actor, producer, director, writer, lyricist, screenwriter, and playback singer.
  • He was born in a middle-class Hindu family. [19]SS Family First
  • In an interview, he shared that in childhood he wanted to have a red remote-controlled toy car which one of his friends used to have. He further said,

I wanted it so badly that I’d go ask him (neighbour) and he’d refuse to part with it. My brother used to take a used thread spool and try to shape it into something that looked like a car. The days I’ve yearned for that red car I’d never forget.”

  • While he was in school, he wanted to become a chef or marine engineer.
  • He failed in 12th class final exams, and later, he completed his graduation through distance learning. [20]SS Family First
  • In an interview, he shared that he was brought up in a poor family. He said,

For a large part of my father’s youth, he worked in a mill and took up odd jobs to make ends meet. We lived in a small room and could only afford a meal a day. Dad would walk 11km every day to save a rupee of bus fare so we could go to school. I’ve seen poverty up close until I was four or five. But dad was a writer from a young age. Even while working in the mill, he would write stories and scripts and sell them to people for Rs 50 or so. They would then sell the stories to directors and producers as their own. Through one such contact, he got a break in the Tamil film industry as an assistant director. He must have been in his late 30s then. He worked hard for 15 years before making his directorial debut.”

Dhanush further added,

Of course! I was all of 16, I cried, threw tantrums, fasted. Nothing worked. I am glad it didn’t as I realise today I cannot do anything else. I suffer from stage fright so I blabber on stage and stop midway through my performances. I cannot even write a cheque as it makes me nervous. Being around people makes me nervous. But I’m very comfortable in front of the camera, and this I realised many films later.”

  • He met Aishwarya for the first time at the screening of the Tamil film ‘Kadhal Kondaen’ (2003). Later, they started dating and got married in a traditional wedding ceremony. Whereas as per some other sources, their parents were friends and decided to fix the marriage of their children. [21]Bollywood Shaadis [22]Pinkvilla
  • In an interview, he shared that when he started his career as an actor, his English-speaking skills were poor. He said,

My English was pretty bad in 2005. To fix that, I got into the habit of reading English books. It would take me more than six months initially to read a book; I’d fall asleep before finishing a single chapter.”

  • He debuted as an actor in his father’s directorial film ‘Thulluvadho Ilamai’ in 2002.
  • In 2003, he acted in the Tamil film ‘Kadhal Kondein’ directed by his brother Selvaraghavan.
  • In 2004, his films failed to do well at the box office, and his films like ‘Pudhukottaiyilirundhu Saravanan,’ ‘Sullan,’ and ‘Dreams’ were a flop.
  • Later, his films ‘Devathaiyai Kanden’ (2005), ‘Adhu Oru Kana Kaalam’ (2005), ‘Yaaradi Nee Mohini’ (2008), and ‘Padikkadavan’ (2009) became hit, giving a boost to his acting career.

  • He won his first National Award for the Tamil film ‘Aadukalam’ (2011) in which he played the role of a rooster fight jockey.
  • In 2012, he released a song “Why This Kolaveri Di” on YouTube which went viral across the world. Later, the song was released in the Tamil film ‘3’ starring Dhanush and Shruti Haasan.

  • Dhanush and his wife started a film production company ‘Wunderbar Films’ on 20 May 2010, and their first film as a producer was the Tamil film ‘3’ released in 2012. Some of his other films as a producer are ‘Ethir Neechal’ (2013), ‘Kaaki Sattai’ (2015), ‘Maari’ (2015), ‘Kaala’ (2018), and ‘Maari 2’ (2018).
  • He is a renowned singer and has lent his voice for various songs like “Un mele” from the film ‘Aayirathil Oruvan’ (2010), “Danga maari” from ‘Anegan’ (2015), “Maalai Varum Vannilla” from ‘Nenjam Marappathillai’ (2016), “Polladha Bhoomi” from ‘Asuran’ (2019), and “Kaathodu Kaathanen” from ‘Jail’ (2020).
  • He is a lyricist too and has penned down the lyrics of various songs like “Why This Kolaveri Di” from ‘3’ (2012), “Po Indru Neeyaga” from ‘Velaiilla Pattadhari’ (2014), “Venpanimalare” from ‘Pa Paandi’ (2017), and “Ilamai Thirumbuthe” from ‘Petta’ (2019).
  • After making his successful debut in the Bollywood film ‘Raanjhanaa’ in 2013, he acted in the Hindi film ‘Shamitabh’ (2015) along with the legendary Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan.
    Best Shamitabh GIFs | Gfycat
  • In 2021, he completed shooting for the Tamil film ‘Jagame Thandhiram’ and the Hindi film ‘Atrangi Re.’ In the same year, he was filming for the English film ‘The Gray Man.’
  • He is an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva and has named his sons Yatra (Pilgrimage) and Linga (Shiva Lingam).
  • He was titled ‘India’s ‘Hottest Vegetarian Celebrity’ in 2011 by the American animal rights organization ‘PETA,’ but Dhanush did not like it and considered it to be an insult. [23]The Hindustan Times
  • He assisted an international non-governmental organization WWF for their initiative ‘Earth Hour’ in 2012.
  • Dhanush has been featured on the cover page of various renowned magazines.

    Dhanush featured on Filmfare magazine

    Dhanush featured on Filmfare magazine

  • Based on his yearly earnings, he has been listed in the Forbes India Celebrity 100 list for six times. [24]Forbes India
  • Dhanush has featured in various TV commercials like 7UP, Tata Nano, and Center Fresh.

  • On one of his birthdays, he visited Kotiswari to meet his 12-year-old fan who was in the last stage of blood cancer.

    Dhanush celebrated his birthday with his fan

    Dhanush celebrated his birthday with his fan