Dhanush Net Worth (2024): Height, Age, Real Name, Bio

Alex | Last Updated On September 18th, 2022

Dhanush is one of the most popular actors in India. He is also a playback singer, director, and producer. His own movie production company Wunderbar Films was discovered in 2010 and mainly works on Tamil cinema.

Dhanush's Net Worth

As of 2024, Dhanush's net worth is estimated to be $20 million.

Net Worth$20 million
Given NameVenkatesh Prabhu Kasthoori Raja
Famous NameDhanush
Source(s) of FameActor, Singer, Producer
Date of BirthJuly 28, 1983
Place of BirthChennai, India
RelationshipsMarried, Aishwarya Rajinikanth,
Social Links

Early Life

Venkatesh Prabhu Kasthoori Raja was born on July 28, 1983, in Chennai, India. His full name is Venkatesh Prabhu Kasthuri Raja. Dhanush’s father Kasthuri Raja is an Indian film director and his mother, Vijayalaksh is a homemaker.

Dhanush has a brother, Selvaraghavan who is a south Indian film industry director, screenwriter, and actor, and two sisters Karthika Devi, and K. Vimala Geetha.

Dhanush finished his high school education at St. John’s Matriculation Higher Secondary School. His initial plan after he finished his secondary education was to enroll in hotel and restaurant management since Dhanush wanted to become a chef but eventually, he went to Chennai to study visual communications at Loyola College, Chennai.


Dhanush’s brother director Selvaraghavan was the one who pushed him to become an actor. He got his screen name “Dhanush” from the fictional covert operation from Kuruthipunal.

He had his acting debut in 2002 in the hit film “Thulluvadho Ilamai” and won the Best Debutant Actor. The film was directed by his own father Kasthuri Raja. His next film was directed by his brother’s directorial debut film “Kaadhal Kondein” in 2003. The film became Dhanush’s breakthrough in Tamil cinema.

Dhanush next appeared in the films “Pudhukottaiyilirundhu Saravanan”, “Dreams” and “Sullan” in 2004. The following year, he worked with his brother on the film “Pudhupettai”.

In 2007, his film “Parattai Engira Azhagu Sundaram” did not go well but his performance in his next film “Polladhavan” which was based on the 1948–Italian neorealist film Bicycle Thieves was recognized.

In 2010, Dhanush’s own movie production company was created and he called it Wunderbar Films. His production company is based in Chennai and mostly works on Tamil cinema.

Dhanush worked with the film “Aadukalam” for years until it was finally released in 2011. According to him, it was his “Dream Project”. The film was a success and it received six awards. Dhanush also received a National Film Award for Best Actor.

For 2012, Dhanush only had one film “3”. The film was directed by his then-wife Aishwarya Rajinikanth it was a moderate success owing its popularity in the song “Why This Kolaveri Di”.

Dhanush had his Bollywood debut in Anand L Rai’s “Raanjhanaa” in 2013. The debutant actor Dhanush then won best debutant actor for his performance.

In 2014, Dhanush acted in the hit film “Velaiilla Pattadhari”. It became his highest-grossing film in the Tamil film Industry. His next project was the comedy film “Maari” followed by the films “Thanga Magan”, and “Thodari” in 2016.

Dhanush made his directorial debut and had a cameo role in the film “Power Paandi” which was released on April 14, 2017. Then he acted in the film “Velaiilla Pattadhari 2” as well as helped write the dialogue.

He released his films “Vadachennai”, and “Maari 2” in 2018. Vadachennai was a hit film and was considered the highest-grossing A-rated Tamil film of all time. The next year, Dhanush had his first international film “The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir”.

During Pongal in 2020, Dhanush released the action film “Pattas” where he had a double role. Unfortunately, the film had bad reviews.

He starred in the film “Karnan” in 2021 which was directed by Mari Selvaraj. This was followed by the movie “Jagame Thandhiram”, and “Atrangi Re”. The following year, Dhanush acted in “Thiruchitrambalam” directed by Mithran Jawahar.

Personal Life

The Indian actor Dhanush is also a singer. He was a playback singer in Pudhukottaiyilirundhu Saravanan and he has sung in Selvaraghavan’s films Aayirathil Oruvan and Mayakkam Enna.

His song “Why This Kolaveri Di” was uploaded on Youtube in 2011 and became the most searched Indian music video. It was also the first Indian music video has more than 100 million views. He also sang the song “No Problem” for the Kannada movie Vajrakaya.

During his free time, Dhanush likes to play cricket, football, and badminton. He also likes reading books, particularly novels.

Social Media

The South Indian actor Dhanush is popular on social media. He has over 4.9 million followers on his Instagram account, over 11 million followers on his Twitter account, and more than 6 million followers on his Facebook page.

He mostly promotes his work using his social media accounts. You can also see him promote brands and companies.

Who Is Dhanush’s Wife?

Dhanush’s wife is the Indian film director and playback singer Aishwarya Rajinikanth who is the daughter of the Indian actor, director, screenwriter, and producer Rajinikanth. The couple has two sons named Yatra and Linga.

They got married on November 18, 2004 and just recently they announced their separation. Accordingly, Dhanush’s father-in-law is trying to convince the two to save their marriage.


The actor Venkatesh Prabhu Kasthoori Raja or simply Dhanush is the most popular and highest-paid actor in India. He is also a director and producer who owns his own movie production company. Dhanush’s net worth now is estimated to be around 20 million dollars or 1.5 billion Indian rupees.

Dhanush has sometimes been associated with other Actors such as Javon Walton, Brittany Furlan, Sanjay Dutt, Shraddha Arya, Burak Özçivit, Joey Badass, Lauren German, Lisa Bonet, and Anupama Parameswaran.