Chennai: With six films more to reach the 50-mark, Tamil actor Dhanush has learnt and honed new skills to become a complete artiste. He didn’t just choose the path of mass films with punch dialogues and stylish stunts like his father-in-law superstar Rajinikanth. Dhanush involves himself in writing scripts, screenplay, penning lyrics, singing, directing and producing, following in the footsteps of his father-in-law’s peer and friend Kamal Haasan. 

From his debut in Thulluvadho Illamai to the latest film Asuran, he slowly and steadily rose to the rank of a respectable artiste. 

One of the interesting things about Dhanush is his growing passion for vocals, a passion that is shared by Kamal too. The Ulaganayagan crooned in the film Sigappu  Rojakkal in 1978 for music maestro Ilayaraja, post which he has sung around 100 songs in his career so far. His song Kanmani in Guna, Thenpandi Chemiyile in Nayagan, Inji Idupi Azaghi in Thevar Magan, Yaar Yaar Sivam in Anbe Shivam are proof of Kamal's inquisitiveness in learning music. 

Similarly, Dhanush has nurtured an interest in signing too. He was introduced to singing by Yuvan Shankar Raja in Pudukottaiyilirundhu Saravanan. Dhanush later sang Khadal Yen Kadhal for Mayakkam Enna. However, the biggest hit song of his is Kaloveri Di in 2011 - the song from 3, which became a chartbuster then. 

Dhanush worked on his voice further with songs like Amma Amma from Velailla Pattadhari and Ezhada.  Dhanush also penned the lyrics for Amma Amma song. 

Kamal is a master dancer and has even choreographed for a few film songs. Dhanush’s dance skills in Rowdy Baby bears testimony to his love for dance. Dhanush has puts in a lot of effort in learning new moves. Who can forget the Manmatha Raasa dance number from Thiruda Thirudi!

While Kamal has directed few films like Hey Raam, Virumaandi, Dasavathavaram and Vishwaroopam, Dhanush too wore the director’s hat in Pa Paandi, a romantic family drama in 2017. The actor was roped in to play the lead in romantic drama Raajhanaa, which made Bollywood sit up and take note of him in his debut film in Hindi.

Dhanush’s role in Aadukalam in 2011 earned him the National Award. 

With some of these qualities, Dhanush can go a long way in the film industry cutting across language barriers, donning several hats like the Ulaganayagan Kamal Haasan.