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.
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).