Dhananjay (actor)

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Dhananjay
The Director T.S. Nagabhararana with the cast and crew at the presentation of the film ‘Allama’, during the 47th International Film Festival of India (IFFI-2016), in Panaji, Goa on November 26, 2016.jpg
Dhananjay, at IFFI in 2016
Born
Kalenahally, Arasikere, Hassan, Karnataka, India
NationalityIndian
Alma materSJCE, Mysuru, Karnataka.
OccupationActor
Years active2013–present

Daali Dhananjaya is an Indian film and theatre actor working in the Kannada film industry.[1] After acting in a host of theater acts, he made his feature film debut in Director's Special in 2013. He fetched the debut actor award at the SIIMA Awards for his performance in the film.[2] He is endearingly referred to as "Special Star" for his appearance in Director's Special and "Classical Star" for his theatre work and classical selection of movies.[3] His performance in Tagaru movie made him popular in Karnataka.

Early life and family[edit | edit source]

Dhananjay was born in Kalenahalli, Hassan district where he studied in government school. His childhood was mostly spent by bird watching and acting in dramas in the village along friends . He moved to ahmedabad to pursue his hospitality management in IHM Ahmedabad and subsequently graduated in 1992. This lead him to a good job in IT sector in Gurgaon. However, his interest was set in acting and bird watching he used to frequently visit the popular Ramlila nautanki. Eventually, he landed up with many acting assignments in the same theater group. Because he was malnutritioned in early stages of life, the same shows on his behaviour at times. Net net great guy Dhananjay took acting lessons in Germany</ref>

Film career[edit | edit source]

Dhananjaya with the cast and crew at the presentation of the film ‘Allama’, during the 47th International Film Festival of India (IFFI-2016), in Panaji, Goa on 26 November 2016.

Dhananjaya, with his frequent visits to the Rangayana theater in Mysuru, fetched him many character roles in the regular dramas held there. It was director Guruprasad who noticed his acting skills and gave him an important role in his feature film Director's Special.[4] The film took three years in the making and finally released in 2013 to mixed and negative response at the box-office. However his performance was lauded and many film makers approached him for the roles in their films. He then was cast in A. P. Arjun's next film Rhaatee opposite Shruthi Hariharan under musician V. Harikrishna's debut production. His next was Preetham Gubbi's film Boxer, produced by the Jayanna Films banner, which brought him wide accolades. He was known for his fit boxer's body, which he had achieved by rigorous training.[5][6] He then played the role of 12th C saint poet Allama Prabhu, with elan, undergoing harsh training to master the musical instrument Mridanga and also classical dance. Dhananjaya is donning the villain's role for Director Duniya Suri's film Tagaru, starring Shivarajkumar. His rugged look has already become sensational. He has completed Guruprasad's film Eradane Sala. Meanwhile, he is shooting for Pannaga Bharana's film Happy New Year in which he plays a suave Radio Jackie.

Filmography[edit | edit source]

Year Film Role Language(s) Notes
2007 Bal Ganesh Varun Dev Kannada Voice role
2013 Director's Special Dhananjaya Won - SIIMA Award for Best Male Debutant
2014 Jayanagar 4th Block Dhananjaya Short-film
Also story-writer[7]
2015 Rhaatee Raja
Boxer Raja
2016 Jessie Jessie
Badmaash Vijay
2017 Allama Allama Prabhu Won - Basavaratna-2017
Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor - Kannada
Eradane Sala
Happy New Year RJ Danny
2018 Tagaru Daali Won - Zee Kannada Hemmeya Kannadiga Award for Best Supporting Actor
SIIMA Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role - Kannada
Filmfare Award Best Supporting Actor -Kannada
Bhairava Geetha Bhairava
Life Jothe Ondh Selfie Karthik
2019 Yajamana Mittai Soori
2020 Popcorn Monkey Tiger Tiger Seena [8]
SalagaFilms that has not yet been released Samrat Post Production [9]
2021 TothapuriFilms that has not yet been released TBA Post Production [10]
DaaliFilms that has not yet been released Daali Filming [11]
PogaruFilms that has not yet been released TBA Telugu

Kannada

Kannada-Telugu Bilingual film; Tollywood Debut [12]
YuvarathnaaFilms that has not yet been released Antony Joseph Kannada-Telugu Bilingual film; Filming[13]
Head BushFilms that has not yet been released M.P.Jayaraj Kannada Filming [14]
Badva RascalFilms that has not yet been released TBA Filming[15]
Rathna PrapanchaFilms that has not yet been released Rathnakara Filming [16]
Monsoon Raaga Films that has not yet been released TBA Filming [17][18]
Shivappa Films that has not yet been released TBA Filming [19]
PushpaFilms that has not yet been released TBA Telugu [20]
TBA Paayum Oli Nee Yenakku dagger TBA Tamil Filming Kollywood Debut [21]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Dhananjay profile
  2. Dhananjaya is SIIMA's Best Debutant Actor
  3. Special Star switches his role
  4. Software to Sandalwood: A techie's dream come true
  5. Actor Dhananjaya turns boxer
  6. Preetham and Dhananjaya to team up for Boxer
  7. Jayanagar IV Block comes alive in film
  8. "Daali goes bald for 'Suri Popcorn Monkey Tiger'". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 24 August 2019.
  9. "Duniya Vijay-Dhananjaya in Salaga - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 24 August 2019.
  10. "Director Vijayaprasad is the reason I chose Totapuri: Dhananjay". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 24 August 2019.
  11. "Dhananjay back with negative shades as Daali". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 24 August 2019.
  12. "Dhananjay: I am an actor first and then a hero or villain". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 24 August 2019.
  13. "ಪುನೀತ್ 'ಯುವರತ್ನ' ಚಿತ್ರಕ್ಕೆ ಡಾಲಿ ಧನಂಜಯ್ ಎಂಟ್ರಿ". Vijaya Karnataka (in Kannada). 13 February 2019. Retrieved 24 August 2019.
  14. "Dhananjay to play MP Jayaraj, Bengaluru's first underworld don - The New Indian Express". www.newindianexpress.com. Retrieved 1 August 2020.
  15. "Dhananjaya to launch a former courier agent as director - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 24 August 2019.
  16. "Dhananjay to headline Rohith Padaki's Rathnan Prapancha | Cinemaexpress". m.cinemaexpress.com. Retrieved 1 August 2020.
  17. "Dhananjay and Rachita Ram join hands for film? - The New Indian Express". www.newindianexpress.com. Retrieved 1 August 2020.
  18. "Dhananjay, Rachita Ram's film titled 'Monsoon Raaga'". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 14 August 2020.
  19. "Happy Birthday Shivarajkumar: Suriya sends him wishes and announces actor's next film with Dhananjay | PINKVILLA". www.pinkvilla.com. Retrieved 1 August 2020.
  20. "Pushpa: Kannada star Dhananjay to play a crucial role in Allu Arjun's film". India Today. Retrieved 1 August 2020.
  21. https://www.cinemaexpress.com/stories/news/2020/oct/26/vikram-prabhu-vani-bhojan-to-headline-paayum-oli-nee-yenakku-20980.html

External links[edit | edit source]

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