Till a few months back, most Hindi film buffs knew Dhanush as the actor from the South who sang the quirky yet catchy Kolaveri Di. But with his Bollywood debut, Rajnikanth's son-in-law seems to have impressed the harshest of critics. A fast-five with the actor:
Ques: You are not the conventionally good-looking actor in Bollywood.
Dhanush: It doesn't matter how you look, or how slim or tall you are. Everything depends on the character that you play. I do films that suit my age, looks and physique. Yes, but if I play a boxer or a wrestler, then questions about my looks could arise. Thanks to my looks, it was easy for me to play a 16-year-old. I didn't choose Bollywood, the script came to me.
Ques: Your mother tongue is Tamil. Was it tough dubbing for your lines in Hindi?
Dhanush: I'm not comfortable at all with Hindi. But I had great help from writer Himanshu Sharma and my director Aanand L Rai, who insisted that I do my own dubbing. But I was never in two minds about whether I should do a Bollywood film. It's all in your head. But with four to five films a year, it was difficult to move my dates around for the film.
Ques: There was buzz about how you tried to emulate Rajinikanth in the film. (A scene from the film has him mimicking catching a bullet by his teeth)
Dhanush: No, I don't think so. I played just a guy who wanted to look macho in front of his girl.
Ques: Are you as romantic in real-life too?
Dhanush: If romance had a scale from 1 to 10, it would be just my films. After that, come my sons. I am a very bad husband. My wife has to adjust with that. After working for 13 years, you forget what kind of person you are.
Ques: Tell us about your secret mantra in life.
Dhanush: It's actually, Rhonda Byrne's book The Secret. It's all about having positive thoughts and it has helped me immensely.