Who is Dhanush? Drama over real lineage of actor continues

The debate over the real parentage of Dhanush continues to rage on. On the one hand, a Madurai couple - Kathiresan and Meenakshi - claim that the actor is their son. On the other, Dhanush is denying these claims and is alleging that the couple is trying to blackmail and extort money from him.

Much like a scene from a movie, film star Dhanush and his family have been going through a tough journey with an old couple from Madurai claiming to be the parents of the actor.

The case filed by the couple in the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court asks for a maintenance of Rs 65,000 per month from Dhanush.

The drama started with the couple - Kathiresan and Meenakshi - seeing similarity between Dhanush and their son who ran away from home to join the film industry. Later the couple showcased a birth certificate of their son Kalaiselvan. They also showed his transfer certificates from school. This was further countered by Dhanush's lawyers who presented his birth certificate which was issued by the Corporation of Madras and also his school transfer certificate.

Now while the case is in court, Dhanush's school teachers have come out in support of the Kolaveri star saying that they have evidence of the fact that Dhanush did his schooling from Thai Sathya Matriculation school from LKG to 10th standard.

"He was a very shy boy, but also very naughty and he did his schooling from LKG to 10th standard. He was an above average student and had got 62-63% in his 10th boards. We have his mark sheets in our records. His parents are Kasthuri Raja and Vijayalakshmi," said Sudha Vijaykumar, the Principal of Thai Sathya Matriculation school.

Claims and counter claims:

1. Kathiresan and Meenakshi claim Dhanush is their son Kalaiselvan who ran away from home to persue a career in films and they traced him only after Dhanush's 'Manmada Rasa' song was released.

Dhanush claims that he was born and brought up in Chennai and he did his schooling in the city and that his parents are Kasthuri Raja and Vijayalakshmi.

2. The elderly couple in Madurai claim Dhanush's real name is Kalaiselvan

Dhanush claims that his name was RK Vengadesha Prabhu at the time of birth when his father was called Krishnamoorthy, but later, his father changed his name to Kasthuri Raja. Dhanush's name was changed from Vengadesha Prabhu to K Dhanush.

3. The elderly couple claims that their son's birth was in Madurai and that his birth certificate and school transfer certificates are in their custody.

Dhanush has presented his birth certificate and transfer certificate of his schooling in Chennai.

Identification test:

On February 28, Dhanush had to present himself before the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court to get an identification mark-verification test and later on March 2, further hearing of the case was also heard in the court and now the case has been adjourned to March 9.

The Madurai bench of the Madras High Court on February 14 had even suggested a DNA test to resolve the issue but then Dhanush and his lawyers had declined this saying that the claims of the elderly couple was false and that the case has to be quashed. Moreover, the maintenance amount requested by the elderly couple has been highlighted by Dhanush and his lawyers, and they have stated that the couple are being used to blackmail and extract money from the actor.

The Madurai bench of the Madras High Court, which is hearing the case has been clear on its part. On February 14, the court had said that whichever side is found to be presenting the false details will be severely punished. Will Dhanush be able to prove that Kasthuri Raja and Vijayalakshmi are his real parents or will he be paying maintenance allowance to couple from Madurai? Well it is just a matter of time before we know the climax of this drama.

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