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Is Vaathi actor Dhanush currently one of India's top-paid actors?

Vaathi is directed by Telugu filmmaker Venky Atluri, known for helming films like Tholi Prema, and Mr Majnu.

Is Vaathi actor Dhanush currently one of India's top-paid actors?
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  • Team OTTplay

Last Updated: 04.11 AM, Oct 31, 2022

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Dhanush's Telugu-Tamil bilingual, Sir (Telugu) Vaathi (Tamil), would be released on December 2, this year, as OTTplay reported earlier. Leading production houses Sithara Entertainments and Fortune Four Cinemas are working together on this. Written and directed by Venky Atluri, Vaathi features Samyuktha Menon as the female lead.

Vaathi aims to make quality education available to the disadvantaged. In the film, Dhanush plays a junior teacher named Balamurgan. He delivers a punch line in the film that many consider being the climax. He claims, “Education is similar to the offering we make in a temple to God. It should be sold. Don't try to pitch it like a five-star hotel dish.”

Other cast members include Sai Kumar, Tanikella Bharani, Samuthirakani, Thotapalli Madhu, Narra Srinivas, Pammi Sai, Hyper Aadhi, Shara, Aadukalam Naren, Ilavarasu, Motta Rajendran, Hareesh Peradi, and Praveena.

Cinematographer Dinesh Krishnan, editor Navin Nooli, and music director GV Prakash Kumar make up the film's technical crew.

Dhanush began his career in 2002 with Thulluvadho Illamai and has since achieved numerous key milestones, becoming one of the world's most-recognised actors as well as a popular Indian celebrity. This year, he had an interesting slate of releases, including Maaran, Thiruchitrambalam, Naane Varuven, and The Gray Man.

Dhanush, who hails from a family of directors, was compelled to become an actor. He aspired to be a chef and get a degree in hotel management and goes by this name, however, his official documents list him as Venkatesh Prabhu Kasthuri Raja. He changed his name since he shared it with actor-director Prabhudheva and Ilaya Thilagam Prabhu, according to HT.

Dhanush is one of India's best-paid actors, charging between Rs 12 crore and Rs 15 crore for his films. The hearsay is that he charged the same amount for Thiruchitrambalam. In addition, the actor is claimed to have received Rs 4 crore for his role in The Gray Man and Rs 5 crore for his role in Vaathi.

The actor reportedly made Rs 31.75 crore in 2019, and recent figures suggest that his net worth has climbed to Rs 160 crore in 2022. It has not, however, been confirmed.

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