He might have starred in films like Maari, Thanga Magan and Raanjhanaa but Dhanush is best known for his song Why This Kolaveri D, which became an anthem of sorts for young India. As actor, singer and filmmaker Dhanush turns 33 today, here's a pictorial look at his life and career so far.
Dhanush, real name Venkatesh Prabhu Kasthuri Raja, was born on July 28, 1983. His father, Kasthuri Raja, is a well-known director and producer in Tamil industry.
His brother Selvaraghavan, also a director, is the ones who convinced Dhanush to pursue a career in acting.
The actor married Aishwaryaa, daughter of superstar Rajinikanth on November 18, 2004. They have a son named Yatra, born in 2006.
Dhanush began his acting career with Thulluvadho Ilamai in 2002.
The movie, directed by his father, brought him much praise from the critics and audience.
The following year, Dhanush won the hearts of critics with his performance as a mentally-disturbed boy in Kadhai Kondein, which was his brother Selvaraghavan's debut film as a director.
The movie was also a commercial success and Dhanush established a strong foothold among the A-list actors of the Tamil industry.
In 2003, Dhanush's Thiruda Thirudi was a blockbuster hit. It proved to be a turning point in his career and there was no looking back for the actor who earned a slew of projects after its release.
However, Dhanush next hit a rocky phase with successive flops with films like Pudhukottaiyilirundhu Saravanan (2003), Sullan (2004) and Dreams (2004).
In 2005, Dhanush delivered Devathaiyai Kanden and Adhu Oru Kana Kaalam, which did average business commercially.
It was brother Selvaraghavan who came to the rescue with the 2006 film Pudhupettai, which put Dhanush back in the reckoning.
The rom-com Thiruvilayadal Arambam opposite Shriya Saran in 2006 also helped revive his career. The movie was a hit and Dhanush was applauded by the audience as well as the critics.
The year 2008 brought in good fortune for the actor. Yaaradi Nee Mohini, opposite Nayanthara, was a hit and the actor won the Entertainer of the Year Award at the Vijay Awards the same year.
Dhanush also did a cameo in his father-in-law Rajinikanth's Kuselan.
2009 release Padikathavan brought much needed praise and stability for Dhanush. The movie included hit action sequences.
The year 2011 was noteworthy for Dhanush as he won the National Film Award for Best Actor at the 58th National Film Awards for Aadukalam.
Dhanush created history by becoming the youngest actor to receive the award.
In 2012, Dhanush featured as the lead actor in 3, his wife Aishwaryaa's debut film as a director in 2012.
The movie starring Dhanush and actress Shruti Haasan got mixed reviews, although the song Why This Kolaveri D from 3 became a sensational hit.
Dhanush reportedly wrote the lyrics of his chartbuster Why This Kolaveri D in just six minutes. Another feather was added to his cap as the song became the most searched video in India on YouTube, fetching him immense popularity and recognition.
Dhanush won over Bollywood with hit 2013 movie Raanjhanaa co-starring actress Sonam Kapoor.
Between blockbuster Velaiyilla Pattathari and box office dud Shamitabh, 2014 was a mixed year for Dhanush. Velaiyilla Pattathari was Dhanush's 25th film. In R Balki's Shamitabh, the actor was teamed with megastar Amitabh Bachchan and newcomer Akshara Haasan.
2015 film Kaaka Muttai won Dhanush his second National Award (as producer).