Couple claims Dhanush as their biological son; court summons actor

An elderly couple form Madhurai has filed a petition claiming that Tamil actor Dhanush is their biological son and has sought a monthly maintenance of Rs 65,000 from the actor. Based on the petition, the court has summoned Dhanush to appear before it on January 12.

Kathiresan, 60 and Meenakshi, 55 moved the Judicial Magistrate Court in Melur on November 7 and produced Dhanush’s birth certificate and some childhood photographs as evidence. They claimed that Dhanush’s real name was Kaliselvan, and he was born at the Government Rajaji Hospital in Madurai. The couple’s allegations have obviously created a storm in the Tamil film industry.

A report in Free Press Journal quoted the couple as saying, “We named him Kalaichelvan and enrolled him in a school in Melur. When he completed class X, we got him admitted in class XI in a school in Sivaganga district. But he dropped out and moved to Chennai and changed his name to Dhanush K Raja and entered the world of cinema.”

They realised that Dhanush was their son after watching him in his movies. The couple alleged that they tried to meet Dhanush several times, but were denied permission.

Dhanush became a household name after his song ‘Kolaveri Di’ from Tamil film ‘3’ went viral in 2012. He also made his Bollywood debut with 2013 film ‘Raanjhanaa’ opposite Sonam Kapoor. He is the younger son of producer Kasthuri Raja and son-in-law if megastar Rajinikanth and is married to the ‘Kabali’ actor’s elder daughter, filmmaker Aishwarya.