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Happy Birthday Dhanush: From Aadukalam to Asuran, five best performances by The Gray Man actor

On the occasion of Dhanush's 39th birthday, let’s have a look at five best performances by the National award-winning actor.
12:13 PM Jul 28, 2022 IST | APN Live
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Dhanush, the actor who is all over the world now, turned a year older on July 28.


From starting as a Tamil actor to making people crazy about his talent with his Bollywood debut Raanjhanaa and now leaving a spark on the global map with his Hollywood debut, The Gray Man, the actor has done everything right at the correct time.

And today on his 39th birthday, let’s have a look at the five best performances by the National award-winning actor.



Aadukalam was the first film that won Dhanush his first National Award in the Best actor male category. The movie has released in 2011 in the Tamil language and the film also featured Tapsee Pannu and Kishore, Naren and Murugadoss.


Aadukalam revolves around a master called Pettaikaran, who is famous in town for an impeccable track record of successes in rooster fights. And things turn interesting when one of his aides, Karuppu, goes against his word in a fight. The movie had not only released to critical acclaim but also won five awards at the 59th Filmfare Award South.

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Dhanush broke the assumption that he could not carry character burned throughout a film, with Polladhavan. The Tamil actor not only pulled off heavy roles with ease in that year but also effortlessly played the boy-next-door who lands up in an extraordinary situation in Polladhavan.

The thriller not only film established Dhanush as an actor who can deliver in acting and still play with a starry image, but also impressed critics.


Raanjhanaa will always be a film, which should be applauded for its versatility. The makers and director Anand L Rai did bring the real essence of UP and Banaras through his characters like Bindiya (Swara Bhaskar), Zoya (Sonam Kapoor), Murari (Mohammed Ayub) and Akram (Abhay Deol), but the show stealer will always be Dhanush’s character Kundan Shankar.

The film marked the Bollywood debut of Dhanush and also won him the Filmfare Award in the best actor category. The 39 years old, did not only enter the skin of his character but portrayed his vulnerability, USPs and defects with pride.


Asuran won Dhanush his second National Award in the best actor male category. The fourth collaboration of Dhanush and Vetrimaaran treated the audience with a blood-soaked tale of revenge and redemption. The movie was based on the best-selling novel Vekkai by Poomani.

The story of the rural backdrop with two warring families and a social class divide could not have been made more effective. Not only Dhanush should be applauded for his work in Asuran, who played double roles of a forty years old man and a fearless youngster in his 20’s but also filmmaker Vetrimaaran should be hailed as handling these complexities with ease is not an easy job.

The Gray Man

The Gray Man may be criticised for dealing with too many things at once, but the acting done by Dhanush is top-notch. The Tamil actor made the entire nation proud by marking his Hollywood debut with Marvel filmmakers Russo Brothers and earning good acclaim from co-stars, Chris Evans and Ryan Gosling.

The film revolves around the CIA’s top asset, whose identity is unknown and how he uncovers and triggers a global hunt by assassins set loose by his ex-colleague. The movie may have not been able to impress the audience but the critics have even applauded Dhanush’s acting in the Gray Man.  

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