Both Dhanush and Selvaraghavan are well-known personalities in Tamil cinema today. But the two did not have it easy before they became famous, even though they hailed from a popular family.
Their father Kasthuri Raja was an admired film-maker alright,
but it was time for his sons to take over. Though Selvaraghavan had
everything in place to helm his first film, it is said that no
producer came forward to bankroll the project.
According to a report, Selvaraghavan's lack of experience was
cited as the reason by many producers for not funding his first
Without any other option, Kasthuri Raja had to direct
Thulluvadho Ilamai, a script allegedly conceived by
Selvaraghavan. What more, it is even said that Selvaraghavan was
the one who directed the film but ended up giving the credit to his
father just to keep the producers happy.
Post Thulluvadho Ilamai, a film in which Dhanush was
forced to act by his brother (Dhanush wasn't comfortable facing the
camera back then), Selvaraghavan officially directed his first
movie, Kadhal Kondein.