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Aishwarya R. Dhanush
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Aishwarya Shivaji Gaekwad

01 January 1982 (1982-01) (age 41)
Nationality  India
Other names Aishwarya Rajinikanth (main name before marriage), Aishwarya Dhanush(After marriage)
Years active 2003–present
(m. 2004)
Children Yatra (born 2006)
Linga (b.2010)
Relatives Soundarya Rajinikanth (sister) Anirudh Ravichander (cousin)

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

Personal life

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

In December 2016, Aishwarya R. Dhanush released her own memoir Standing on An Apple Box: The Story of A Girl Among the Stars. With this book, she has revealed her own story of being a celebrity kid, making her career choices, her marriage and her life as Rajinikanth’s daughter.


Aishwarya made her first entry into the Tamil film industry as a playback singer in the unreleased film Ramanaa directed by Parthy Bhaskar. She had sung for song composed by Deva during November 2000. Her first released song was "Natpe Natpe" from D. Imman's soundtrack for Whistle (2003), which she sung alongside the composer and actor Silambarasan.

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. 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.

She was a judge on STAR Vijay's dance competition Jodi Number One in its third season alongside actors Sangeetha and Jeeva. 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 2016, Aishwarya was selected as India's goodwill ambassador for the UN Women organization.


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


As director

Year Film Language Notes
2012 3 Tamil Directorial debut

Nominated—SIIMA Award for Best Débutante Director

2015 Vai Raja Vai Tamil
2017 Cinema Veeran Tamil Documentary

As singer

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 dubbing artist

Year Voice Of Film
2010 Reemma Sen Aayirathil Oruvan
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