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Most Desirable Man 2015: Dhanush

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Most Desirable Man 2015: Dhanush

What’s not to like about Dhanush? With his dark unconventional looks and his self-effacing demeanour, he’s turned the notion of what a hero should look like on its head. He kills it with his eyes, laughs with abandon, and charms with his disarming modesty. A no-brainer, then, that with the polls voted online , and our vote, Dhanush is Chennai Times Most Desirable Man of 2015. The actor dodges questions about his desirability quotient, but Chennai Times is dogged. Read on…
You are Chennai Times Most Desirable Man of 2015. What makes you desirable?
That’s a difficult question. I guess it’s about staying grounded, being polite, and giving respect to my my senior actors.
And physical features?
How do I answer that question without coming across as vain?
Time was when you were very diffident about your looks — what has changed?
I am far more confident now because of the love people have showered on me. Their acceptance is what keeps me going. In the beginning, I was riddled with major complexes about my looks. Even now, here and there, these complexes crop up. But as the days progressed, I learnt to handle them much better. That’s because of the unconditional love I have received from people. They made me feel wanted and loved. Also, things are different now. Anybody can become an actor if they get the right break. What matters is your talent. People’s taste in movies has also changed. They don’t care much about an actor’s looks. They want to see good talent. When I joined films in 2002, there were all kinds of rash and unkind comments that were made about my looks in the reviews. Not just here, but all over the place, they trashed my looks. That was the time heroes had to look a certain way. I was the first of my kind. It was hardly an easy place for me to be in. In the first place, I never wanted to become an actor.