Madurai: Actor Dhanush got a huge relief; the Madurai bench of Madras High Court on Friday declared that Dhanush was not the son of Kathireshan-Meenakshi of Melur. While delivering the verdict in the case which had all elements of a suspense-thriller movie, the court said that the issue was resolved after a thorough medical examination.

We named him Kalaiselvan and enrolled him in a school in Melur. But he dropped out and moved to Chennai and changed his name to Dhanush Raja.
Kathireshan-Meenakshi

In November last year, an elderly couple from Melur taluk in Madurai — Kathiresan(60), a retired government bus conductor, and his wife Meenakshi(55) — claimed that Dhanush was one of their three children, and was born at Government Rajaji Hospital in Madurai. To back their claim, the couple submitted to the details of young Dhanush — that his real name was Kalaiselvan, and that he studied up to Class X at RC Higher Secondary School and Government Boys Higher Secondary School in Melur. He joined another school in Tiruppathur, Sivaganga, in Class XI, they claimed. The couple told Melur court that he left for Chennai subsequently for a job and joined Kasturi Raja — his father — in the film industry.

In their first petition before court, they said Dhanush was not ready to meet them despite many attempts, and sought the court’s help to get assistance from Dhanush to meet their monthly medical expenses of Rs65,000. After the Melur court summoned Dhanush, the actor moved a petition in Madras HC seeking to quash proceedings.

Coming to the rescue of Dhanush and his parents, Tamil director Visu stated that Kasturi Raja had worked with him as assistant director for 16 years, and that he knew the family well. Visu also released two photographs, including one in which Dhanush, aged around 10, is seen with his parents and siblings. A friend of Dhanush said Visu’s photographs were clicked long before the Madurai couple lost their child.

Earlier, Dhanush’s counsel stated that the actor is not their son, and alleged that someone is behind the elderly couple to extract money. A source said the verification was mainly based on two claims by the couple: a mole on the collar, and a scar on the forearm of their son. Dhanush has denied both claims.