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Aishwarya Rajinikanth Dhanush (born 1 January 1982) is an Indian film director. She is the elder daughter of actor Rajinikanth. She made her feature film debut with 3 (2012) starring her husband Dhanush. She has occasionally done playback singing.

Aishwarya R. Dhanush
Aishwarya R. Dhanush in 2019.jpg
Aishwarya R. Dhanush in 2019
Born (1982-01-01) 1 January 1982 (age 37)[1][2]
OccupationPlayback Singer, Director
Years active2003–present
Spouse(s)Dhanush (2004–present)
Latha Rajinikanth
RelativesSoundarya Rajinikanth (sister)

In August 2016, Aishwarya was selected as India's goodwill ambassador for the UN Women organization.[3]


Personal lifeEdit

Aishwarya was born to actor Rajinikanth and Latha Rangachari.[4][5] She has a younger sister, Soundarya, who works in the Tamil film industry as well.[6] Aishwarya is married to the Indian film actor Dhanush,[7] with whom she has two sons, Yatra (born 2006) and Linga (born 2010).

She was a judge on STAR Vijay's dance competition Jodi Number One in its third season alongside actors Sangeetha and Jeeva.[8] She became a playback singer with the film Whistle alongside Silambarasan, which was then followed by the song "Un Mela Aasadhan" in the film Aayirathil Oruvan, for which she also worked as an assistant director.

In August 2011, she announced that she would direct her husband and Shruti Haasan in her first feature film titled 3, with Dhanush going on to clarify that it would be his only film under his wife's direction.[9] The film gained high anticipation prior to release after the song "Why This Kolaveri Di" from its soundtrack, composed by her cousin Anirudh Ravichander, went viral and became an internet phenomenon. She appeared alongside the lead cast and composer in the making of the video. In July 2015, Aishwarya announced she will soon launch a YouTube channel under the banner of "Ten Entertainment" to exclusively promote original content and short films by aspiring filmmakers.[10]

In December 2016, Aishwarya R. Dhanush released her own memoir Standing on An Apple Box: The Story of A Girl Among the Stars.[11] With this book, Aishwarya has revealed her own story of being a celebrity kid, making her career choices, her marriage and above all – being a woman in this era. There is a complete length in her book where she opens up and lets readers explore her life as Rajinikanth’s daughter. She has mentioned splendidly about her love and raising her kids with Dhanush.


In 2012, she won the Newsmaker of the Year Award at the JFA Women Achievers Awards.[citation needed]


She performed Bharatanatyam at the UN headquarters on International Women's Day. However, her performance was received many criticisms in social medias and professional Bharatanatyam dancers.[12][13][14] Anita Ratnam wrote on her Facebook "This is what bharatanatyam becomes... A caricature and a farce!".[15]


As directorEdit

Year Film Language Notes
2012 3 Tamil Nominated—SIIMA Award for Best Débutante Director
2015 Vai Raja Vai Tamil

As singerEdit

Year Song(s) Film Notes
2003 Natpae Natpae Whistle
2010 Un Mela Aasadhan Aayirathil Oruvan Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer - Tamil (with Andrea Jeremiah)

As voice actorEdit

Year Actor Film
2010 Reemma Sen Aayirathil Oruvan[16][17]


  1. ^ "Aishwarya is my lucky charm: Dhanush". The Times of India. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  2. ^ PTI (23 March 2016). "Aishwarya R. Dhanush to Release Autobiography 'Standing on an Apple Box'". India West. Retrieved 29 July 2016. The 34-year-old daughter of Rajinikanth
  3. ^ "Aishwaryaa R Dhanush appointed UN Goodwill Ambassador". Retrieved 26 September 2016.
  4. ^ "70 persons get Kalaimamani awards". The Hindu. 25 February 2009. Retrieved 19 April 2009.
  5. ^ "Rajinikanth turns grandpa". The Hindu. 12 October 2006. Retrieved 19 April 2009.
  6. ^ Muthalaly, Susan (1 July 2005). "Silken choices to color your hair". The Hindu. Retrieved 19 April 2009.
  7. ^ "It is an all women drive". The Hindu. 5 August 2008. Retrieved 19 April 2009.
  8. ^ "Serials". The Hindu. 26 September 2008. Retrieved 19 April 2009.
  9. ^ Shankar (3 December 2011). "3 is my first and last movie under her Aishwarya's direction - Dhanush | 'மனைவி ஐஸ்வர்யா இயக்கத்தில் நான் நடிக்கும் முதலும் கடைசியுமான படம் '3'! - தனுஷ் - Oneindia Tamil". Retrieved 1 January 2012.
  10. ^ "Aishwarya Dhanush to launch YouTube channel". Archived from the original on 1 October 2015.
  11. ^ "Standing on An Apple Box: The Story of A Girl Among the Stars" by Aishwarya R. Dhanush
  12. ^ "Aishwaryaa Dhanush's 'pathetic' Bharatnatyam performance at UN draws criticism". Indian Express.
  13. ^ "Rajinikanth's Daughter Aishwaryaa Dhanush's Bharatanatyam Performance At UN Criticized". NDTV.
  14. ^ "Aishwarya Dhanush performs Bharatanatyam at the UN, but not all are impressed". Hindustan Times.
  15. ^ "Anita Ratnam slams Aishwaryaa Dhanush's Bharatnatyam!". Times of India.
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