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Venkatesh Prabhu Kasthoori Raja (born 28 July 1982), better known by his stage name Dhanush, is an Indian film actor, producer, director, writer, lyricist, screenwriter and playback singer who predominantly works in Tamil cinema.[5] Due to his martial arts influenced fight scenes in films, he has been dubbed the "Indian Bruce Lee" by Indian media and fans.[6] Starring in 44 films over his career, among Dhanush's awards include 13 SIIMA Awards, nine Vijay Awards, seven Filmfare Awards South, five Vikatan Awards, five Edison Awards, three National Film Awards and a Filmfare Award.[7] He was included in the Forbes India Celebrity 100 list in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, which is based on the earnings of Indian celebrities.[8]

Dhanush's first film was Thulluvadho Ilamai, a 2002 coming-of-age film directed by his father, Kasthuri Raja. He collaborated with debutant director Vetrimaaran in Polladhavan (2007) which was critically acclaimed and commercially successful.[9] He collaborated with Vetrimaaran for the second time in Aadukalam (2010), where his role as a rooster fight jockey in the film won him Best Actor at the 58th National Film Awards and Best Tamil Actor Award at the 60th Filmfare Awards South.[10] Dhanush starred in the action comedy film sequels Maari (2015) & Maari 2 (2018) and Velaiilla Pattadhari (2014) & Velaiilla Pattadhari 2 (2017). Velaiilla Pattadhari and Velaiilla Pattadhari 2, also known as VIP and VIP 2, were among the highest-grossing Tamil films of 2014 and 2017, respectively. He also appeared in Thanga Magan (2015), Thodari (2016), Kodi (2016), Vadachennai (2018), Asuran (2019) and Enai Noki Paayum Thota (2019). Vadachennai emerged as the highest-grossing A-rated Tamil film of all time, while Asuran entered the 100 Crore Club for grossing ₹100 crore within a month of its release.[11] Dhanush started the new decade with the martial arts film Pattas (2020).

In 2011, Dhanush's popular song "Why this Kolaveri Di" from the romantic psychological thriller film 3 (2012) became the first Indian music video to cross 100 million views on YouTube.[12] He made his Bollywood debut with Aanand L Rai's Raanjhanaa (2013). His performance as an obsessive one-sided lover in the film won him the Best Male Debut Award and earned a Best Actor nomination at the 59th Filmfare Awards.[13] Dhanush produces films through his production company, Wunderbar Films.[14] He made his directorial debut with Pa Paandi (2017).[15] His song "Rowdy Baby" from Maari 2 became one of the most-viewed Indian songs of all time.[16] As of March 2020, it is the only South Indian video song to receive more than 800 million views on YouTube.

Dhanush was born to Tamil film director and producer Kasthuri Raja on 28 July 1982. He entered acting after being pressured by his brother, director Selvaraghavan.[17]

Dhanush married Aishwarya, Rajinikanth's eldest daughter on 18 November 2004. They have two sons named Yatra and Linga, who were born in 2006 and 2010.[18][4]

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