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Happy Birthday Dhanush: Pudupettai, Aadukalam and the man who gets into the skin of his characters

Happy Birthday Dhanush: The actor balanced commercial films with critical successes and audiences loved him in both avatars

regional movies Updated: Jul 28, 2018 13:18 IST
Priyanka Sundar
Priyanka Sundar
Hindustan Times
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Happy Birthday Dhanush: Pudhupettai is one of the best works by Dhanush.

Actor, director, producer, singer and lyricist - Dhanush has been all of this in his 16 year long career. He debuted with a film directed by his father titled Thulluvadho Ilamai, in which he played a school student who falls in love for the first time. The characters and their issues were genuine, and audiences loved the young vibe that the film had.

Dhanush, interestingly, did not stick to the young lover boy role and with his brother Selvaraghavan’s directorial, Kadhal Kondein, the actor played a psychopath who kidnaps the girl he is in love with. With Kadhal Kondein, the actor proved that looks didn’t matter. He was a scrawny boy when compared to actors who were good looking and charming, and yet he made a place for himself with his talent.

Soon after, he did fall prey to plots that were commercial and promised sureshot success at the box office. It was during this period that the actor also faced multiple failures by working in films like Sullan and Dreams. But Selvaraghavan came to the actor’s rescue and we saw the best performance by Dhanush in a film called Pudupettai. His character grew from a young boy who just wants to be with his friends to a ruthless Don and Kokki Kumar, who is happy with his friends to become a local Don and the progression had a great impact on the audience.

After a number of commercial films, he worked with Vetrimaaran in Aadukalam. Dhanush got into the skin of KP Karuppu, his character in the film. The plot was about the politics of rooster training and cock fighting in Madurai. The film gave audience a new perspective to rooster training.

While the country praised the actor for his performance in Raanjhana, people who followed his work down south knew that Raanjhana did not meet the actor’s performance in films like Mayakkam Enna, or Aadukalam. Even after Raanjhana, he worked on a film called Maryan which won the audience’s heart. He has always been an actor par excellence, who chose to work on a variety of subjects to win people over.

Dhanush balanced commercial films with critical successes and audiences loved him in both avatars. This is why a film like Maari 2 has the same level of buzz as something epic like a three-part Vetrimaaran directorial like Vada Chennai.

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First Published: Jul 28, 2018 13:16 IST