Mini Intro: Venkatesh Prabhu aka Dhanush is an Indian film actor, producer, writer, director, screenwriter, lyricist, and playback singer who was born on 28 July 1983 in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India. He is basically famous for his work in Tamil cinema. Dhanush has starred in over 25 movies over the last 15 years. He was born to Tamil movie director and producer Kasthuri Raja. Dhanush’s brother, director Selvaraghavan, pressured Dhanush to enter into acting. Scroll down to check out the fascinating facts about Dhanush.
Here are 76 Interesting and Lesser Known facts about Dhanush which I bet you don’t know. Let’s get into the stuff and read each and every line of text with interest if you are a big fan of Dhanush. The facts are arranged in any order and please leave a comment if you think differently and have something in mind which you want me to notice. Your comments are most welcome. Please do not forget to like our official Facebook page.
Lesser-Known And Fascinating Facts About Dhanush
- Dhanush’s real name is Venkatesh Prabhu Kasthuri Raj.
- He is an FC Barcelona player.
- Dhanush will support Jallikattu.
- Dhanush failed in his class 12 exams. (Doesn’t matter for his success anyway).
- Dhanush’s first movie, at the age of 16, was Thulluvadho Ilamai, a 2002 coming-of-age movie directed by his father, Kasthuri Raja.
- Dhanush is his screen name. His real name is Venkatesh Prabhu Kasthuri Raja. When Dhanush entered the movie industry at the age of 16, he decided to opt for a stage name because he shared his original name with famous Tamil actors, Prabhu and Prabhu Deva. It is said that Dhanush took inspiration from the movie Kurudipunal (starring Kamal Haasan) which featured a mission named ‘Operation Dhanush‘. He was so impressed with the name that he decided to call himself “Dhanush.”
- On one of his birthdays, he visited Kotiswari, a 12-year-old dying fan (last stages of blood cancer).
- Dhanush was the first South Indian actor to reach 7.8M followers on Twitter.
- Does Dhanush smoke?: Not Known
- Does Dhanush drink alcohol?: Not Known
- He has won three National Film Awards and seven Filmfare Awards.
- He is the son-in-law of popular South Indian actor Rajinikanth.
- Dhanush was born into the family of the filmmakers, but he was never interested in acting. He wanted to pursue a hotel management course to be a chef.
- At the age of 26, he is the youngest actor to win The National Award. He received a National Award for his movie Aadukalam from the former President of India, Pratibha Devisingh Patil.- Check out the video of Dhanush receiving the National Award.
- He won the Best Actor award at the 58th National Film Awards for his performance in Aadukalam (2010) starring Dhanush and Taapsee Pannu in a lead role.
- 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 Dhanush owns the production company named Wunderbar Films. He produced the movies through his production company which was established by him and his wife Aishwarya on 20 May 2010.
- Dhanush is passionate about music and he has written & sung many Tamil songs.
- He usually takes only one day for dubbing his movies.
- “Why this Kolaveri Di” was released on YouTube in 2011 as part of the soundtrack to movie 3, the directorial debut of Aishwarya Dhanush.
- One of the interesting facts about Dhanush is that in 2011, Dhanush’s popular song “Why this Kolaveri Di” became the first Indian music video to cross 100 million views on YouTube. He wrote this song in just 6 minutes and its rough version was recorded in around 40 minutes.- Check out the song Now- Why this Kolaveri Di.
- Dhanush met Aishwarya at a screening of the film Kaadhal Kondein (2003).
- Dhanush’s wife Aishwarya is 2 years older than him.
- Dhanush married his wife (Aishwarya) when he was 21 years old.
- Dhanush married Aishwarya, Rajinikanth’s daughter, on 18 November 2004. They have two sons named Yatra and Linga, who were born in 2006 and 2010.
- One of the lesser-known facts about Dhanush is that he is a passionate devotee of Lord Shiva and that’s why he has named his two sons Yatra (Pilgrimage) and Linga (Shiva Lingam).
- Dhanush has appeared in his first international movie, titled “The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir”, to be directed by Ken Scott.
- Dhanush occasionally records music, generally for his own movies.
- In 2011, he was awarded as the hottest vegetarian by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals).
- He worked with WWF India to support Earth Hour 2012.
- In August 2013, Dhanush was signed by Perfetti India Ltd. as their brand ambassador for the Center for Fresh Chewing Gum.
- Dhanush has made his directorial debut with the 2017 movie Pa Paandi (formerly known as Power Paandi).
- Dhanush is a pure vegetarian. He only eats vegetarian food.
- He can not speak good Hindi.
- Aanand L. Rai directed Raanjhanaa, his first-ever Hindi movie, and he was well-received by the Hindi audience. His next Hindi movie, Shamitabh, where he was seen along with Amitabh Bachchan got great critical reviews as well.
- Dhanush doesn’t believe in idol worship. Dhanush claims to be a spiritual person more than a religious person.
Facts About Dhanush: Favorite Stuff:
Favorite Food: Idiyappam, Kadala Curry
Favorite Actors: Tom Hanks, Al Pacino, Rajinikanth, Mohanlal, Amitabh Bachchan
Favorite Actresses: Monica Bellucci, Kareena Kapoor, Simran, Kajol
Favorite Movies: Tamil: Netri Kann, Pudhupettai, Baasha || Telugu: Drushyam
Favorite Musician: Ilaiyaraaja
Favorite Song: Thendral Vanthu Theendum Pothu” from the film ‘Avatharam’ (2014)
Favorite Book: Love Story by Erich Sega
Favorite Color: Black
Favorite Football Club: FC Barcelona
Favorite Sports: Football, Snooker, Tennis
Dhanush Lifestyle, Income, Cars, Biography, Family, and Net Worth:
Real Name: Venkatesh Prabhu Kasthuri Raja
Nickname: Dhanush, Bruce Lee of Kollywood
Profession: Film Actor, Screenwriter, Lyricist, Producer, Director, Playback Singer
Date of Birth: 28 July 1983
Age: 35 Years (As of 2018)
Birth Place: Madhurai, Tamil Nadu, India
School: Thai Sathya Matriculation High School, Chennai
College: Madurai Kamaraj University (Distance Education), Madurai, Tamil Nadu
Qualification: BCA (Correspondence)
Height: in centimeters- 168 cm || in meters- 1.68m || in Feet-Inches – 5’5”
Weight: in Kilograms- 70 Kg || in pounds-154 lbs
Body Measurements: Chest- 38 Inches || Waist- 30 Inches || Biceps- 11 Inches
House Address: 16/5, Rajamannar Salai, T Nagar, Chennai
Eye Color: Black
Hair Color: Black
Food Habit: Vegetarian
Zodiac Sign/ Sun Sign: Leo
Hobbies: Reading novels, Writing, Playing Snooker and Table Tennis
Marital Status: Married
Affairs/Girlfriends: Aishwarya (Director) || Shruti Haasan (Actress, Rumoured)
Wife/Spouse: Aishwarya R. Dhanush (Director and Classical Dancer)
Marriage Date: 18 November 2004
Marriage Location: Raghavendra Kalyana Mandapam, Chennai
Debut Movie: Tamil- Thulluvadho Ilamai (2001)
Debut Movie: Hindi- Raanjhanaa (2013)
Directorial Debut: Power Paandi (2017)
Singing Debut: Naata Sarakku in the movie Pudhukottaiyilirundhu Saravanan (2004)
Father: Kasthuri Raja – Film Maker
Brother: Selvaraghavan – Director and screenwriter
Sisters: K. Vimala Geetha, Karthika Devi
Father-in-law: Rajinikanth- Actor and Politician
Cousin: Anirudh Ravichander- Film Composer and Singer || Hrishikesh- Actor
Sister-in-law: Soundarya Rajinikanth- Director, Producer, and Graphic Designer
Wife: Aishwarya R. Dhanush (Director and Classical Dancer)
Children: Sons: Yatra (Born: 2006) || Linga (Born: 2010)
Cars Owned By Dhanush:
- Audi A8
- Bentley Continental Flying Spur
- Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II
- Jaguar XE
Net Worth & Salary of Dhanush:
He is presently charging Rs. 10-15 crore for each movie.
His Net Worth is: $15 Million (Approx: 110.6 crore in Indian Rupee)(USD Rate: 73.7)
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