Dhanush appears before Madras High Court in paternity claim case

Tamil actor Dhanush on Tuesday appeared before the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court in connection to a petition by an elderly couple, claiming the ‘Kodi’ actor to be their biological son. The Court had earlier directed Dhanush to appear before it for verification of his birthmarks - a mole on his collar bone and a scar on his forearm, as claimed by the petitioners.

After appearing before the court, Justice G Chockalingam directed the government doctors and the registrar of the High Court bench to authenticate his identification marks. The verification process was done in the registrar's chamber, and the case was adjourned to March 2 for final hearing.

Kathiresan, 60 and Meenakshi, 55 had in November last year moved the Judicial Magistrate Court in Melur claiming that Dhanush was their biological son. They produced his birth certificate and some childhood photographs as evidence, and sought a monthly maintenance of Rs. 65,000 from the actor.  

Dhanush had then filed a petition in the High Court seeking to dismiss the proceedings initiated by the court in Melur. He stated that he was not their son and that it was a ploy to extract money from him. Dhanush also dismissed the presence of any such birthmarks as claimed by the couple.

The couple claimed that Dhanush’s real name was Kaliselvan, and he was born at the Government Rajaji Hospital in Madurai on November 7, 1985. He is one of their three children, who did his schooling in RC Higher Secondary School and Government Boys Higher Secondary School in Melur. When he was admitted to a private institution for class 11 in Thirpuathur in Sivaganga district in 2002, he escaped from the school to Chennai to pursue a career in acting and rechristened himself as Dhanush K Raja.

Dhanush’s counsel has provided his Class X education certificates and other necessary documents to prove that he did his schooling in Chennai. The actor's birth certificate produced before the court reveals that he was on July 28, 1983.

The couple’s lawyer claimed that the birth certificate was not genuine as it didn’t carry his name. Further, it was issued 10 years after his birth. They questioned how a birth certificate could be issued after a decade of Dhanush’s birth, and still not carry his name.

In addition, it was also stated that the name of the father in the birth certificate is Krishnamoorthy. And if the records are anything to go by, Krishnamoorthy changed his name to Kasturi Raja on February 18, 2015.

But the actor clarified that his birth name R K Venkatesh Raja was changed to Dhanush K Raja in 2003. The coupe’s side said that the papers filed before the court clearly stated that his name was mentioned as Dhanush in in 2002.