Dhanush is an Indian film actor, occasional playback singer and lyricist, working in the Tamil film industry.
His filmography includes critically acclaimed films like Kadhal Kondein, Pudhupettai, Aadukalam and Mayakkam Enna and commercially successful films like Thiruda Thirudi, Thiruvilayadal Arambam, Polladhavan, Yaaradi Nee Mohini and Padikathavan.
He won the National Film Award for Best Actor for his performance in Aadukalam. He is the son of Kasthuri Raja and the brother of Selvaraghavan, both directors in Tamil cinema. Dhanush has been in the spotlight in the wake of the mass success of his song "Why This Kolaveri Di".
Following his upbringing as the son of a noted director, Dhanush debuted under the direction of Kasthuri Raja in the Thulluvadho Ilamai with fellow debutant, Sherin. Upon release, the film fetch up big reviews and was a blockbuster, following the story of his character, Mahesh, and how his friends help him elope with his girlfriend.
But Dhanush's breakthrough film was in his brother Selvaraghavan's first directorial venture, Kadhal Kondein. The film portrayed Dhanush as a mentally-disturbed youth, Vinodh, who yearned for the love of his friend, played by Sonia Agarwal, eventually turning possessive over her.
Despite achieving three profitable ventures in his first three films, Dhanush's following films all gained mixed reviews and were commercial failures. The first failure was his first action film, Pudhukottaiyilirundhu Saravanan opposite Aparna Pillai, was lamented by critics as a "poor film".
This was followed by Ramana's Sullan, which received negative reviews. However the film, which had Sindhu Tolani as the lead heroine, was dubbed into Telugu as Maurya. The third and most-criticized failure was Dreams alongside two new heroines.
The film directed by his father, like their previous venture was released with reviews claiming it was another adult film.This hampered the film's progress, and the film remains Dhanush's biggest failure till date.
In 2005, Dhanush had two average grossers in Devathaiyai Kanden and the much-hyped Balu Mahendra's Adhu Oru Kana Kaalam. Dhanush's biggest film, in terms of budget, till date is the 2006-released Pudhupettai.
The film, re-united him with his brother after their successful previous venture, pitted him against two prominent heroines Sneha and Sonia Agarwal. Dhanush's first release of 2007, Parattai Engira Azhagu Sundaram, bombed at the box-office, gaining negative reviews in the process.
The film, which was a remake of the successful Kannada language film, Jogi, starred him opposite Meera Jasmine.
His next film, another collaboration with his brother, Mayakkam Enna released to generally positive reviews and was declared a successful venture at boxoffice. His recent release was 3 directed by his wife, Aishwarya Rajinikanth with Shruti Haasan paired opposite him.
The film particularly gained high popularity prior to the release, after the single track "Why This Kolaveri Di", penned and sung by Dhanush went viral.
He has signed a fantasy period film Mareesan to be directed by Chimbu Deven. His first Hindi film, titled Raanjhnaa, has been directed by Aanand L Rai and releases on June 21, 2013.