20 September, 2020

Dhanush: The Slender Star Of Tamil Cinema | By Baradwaj Rangan

The slender star of Tamil cinema and his ­thoughtfully cultivated oeuvre

Dhanush: The Slender Star Of Tamil Cinema | By Baradwaj Rangan

As India turns 71 next week, Outlook zeroed in on 21 individuals who have made a lasting impression on this country – for both good and bad – so far in the 21 st century. And we got 21 equally important personalities to write on the 21 individuals we chose.

In this column, Baradwaj Rangan has written on film actor Dhanush. "Dhanush gives us larger-than-life moments that the mass audience craves, and he also locates slivers of normal human behaviour. There’s no other star who’s so in tune with his inner actor, no other actor so capable of doing the things that make a star a star," writes Rangan.

No one could have predicted Dhanush’s success when he appeared in his first film, Thulluvadho Ilamai (2002), when he was in his late teens. When we first see him, he’s in an army officer’s uniform—it hangs so limply on his scrawny frame that he seems to have dressed up for a school play, having stuck on a too-big moustache. But with the benefit of hindsight,...



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