"I never thought I will come this far" ... saying Dhanush as he receives this prestigious award!

(This article is authored by Alar)

The versatile actor Dhanush, who is currently busy with his magnum opus ‘Captain Miller’, was honoured with the Youth Icon Award at the CII Dakshin summit 2023 in Chennai. He received the award from Union Minister Anurag Thakur at the closing ceremony of the event on Thursday.

Dhanush expressed his gratitude to CII for the recognition and said that he never thought he would win the Youth Icon Award at the age of 40. He also shared his journey in the film industry and how he overcame the challenges with his dreams and passion.

The actor said, "My sincere thanks to CII for Youth Icon Award and its a great honour. I never thought I will come this far and also win this Youth Icon award at the age of 40 (smiles). It's just a reminder that there is always so much to dream, achieve and conquer,"

"With the kind of looks that I possessed, I wasn't accepted in the industry when I entered it. Though this was the scenario, I kept on dreaming to become so many things and here I am. I have lot more to achieve and I take this opportunity to thank my parents, almighty and wonderful directors without whom I wouldn't have made it here."

He added, "And not to forget, it was producer Tyagarajan who canceled the shoot of Captain Miller today, so that I could make it here and receive the award. Luckily, I also got some time to spend time with my kids and family." Captain Miller is Dhanush’s 49th film as an actor and it is directed by Arun Matheswaran.

The film is based on the life of a LTTE activist who fought for the liberation of Tamil Eelam in Sri Lanka. The film also stars Shivarajkumar, Priyanka Arulmohan, Sundeep Kishan and Edward Sonnenblick in pivotal roles.Dhanush will also be directing and acting in his 50th film, tentatively titled ‘D50’.