Venkatesh Prabhu (born 28 July 1983), known by his stage name Dhanush, is an Indian film actor, producer, lyricist, and playback singer best known for his
work in Tamil cinema.
Dhanush’s first film was Thulluvadho Ilamai, a 2002 coming-of-age film directed by his father, Kasthuri Raja. Over the next ten years, Dhanush has starred
in over 25 films. Dhanush won the Best Actor award at the 58th National Film Awards for his performance in Aadukalam (2010).In 2011, Dhanush received
international attention with his popular song “Why this Kolaveri Di”, which became the first Indian video song to cross 100 million views on
YouTube.Dhanush produces films under his production company, Wunderbar Films. He has won 3 National Film Awards and 7 Filmfare Awards.
Dhanushan debuted in the film Thulluvadho Ilamai, directed by Kasthuri Raja, which received mostly positive reviews from critics and the public. He then
appeared 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, eventually turning possessive over her. Upon release, the film won critical acclaim and also became a major commercial
success. His next film, released later in 2003, was Thiruda Thirudi.
Dhanush occasionally records music, generally for his own films. He was introduced as a playback singer in Pudhukottaiyilirundhu Saravanan by its
composer Yuvan Shankar Raja and collaborated again with him in his brother Selvaraghavan’s directorial, Pudhupettai. He sung further numbers in
Selvaraghavan’s films Aayirathil Oruvan and Mayakkam Enna; the former featured him alongside his wife Aishwarya Rajinikanth.
“Why this Kolaveri Di” was released on YouTube in 2011 as part of the soundtrack to the film 3, the directorial debut of Aishwarya Dhanush. The song
became the most searched video in India and an internet phenomenon across Asia.Anirudh Ravichander was the soundtrack composer for the film and
Dhanush wrote much of the lyrics.