While the season was about IPL, but guess who made the most of it? Yes, that cute elderly couple in Vodafone ads. This bonhomie couple was also seen having a ball of the time during the IPL finale. This cute couple is actually a real life couple – V. P. Dhananjayan and Shanta Dhananjayan. They teach dance in Chennai and are aged above 70 years. For them, age is just a number. Their onscreen chemistry is so fresh and full of life that it made many of us fall in love with them.
They are seasoned Bharatnatyam professionals and have been awarded Padma Bhushan for their contribution to dance and art. Both are Postgraduate in dance and music. Their families have allowed them to join in this field for the intrinsic talent they’ve got towards dance and music. Both met at an arts academy called Kalakshetra in Chennai. It’s their passion towards dance and art which eventually made them fall in love with each other.
Albeit traditional and conserve, they are open-minded and embrace change. It is this attitude of them, which is taking them places and doesn’t stop them from testing new waters. It’s their simplicity and dedication which had landed them to the Vodafone ads. We saw them riding, parasailing, dancing, partying and what not. And during the IPL finale, we got to see them in real. They were so youthful and enjoying that they can give a run for money to the college goers and new generation love birds.
This Thespian couple is not inconnu down south. It’s been learnt that they had appeared in few commercials earlier too but those ads were limited to regional audience only. It’s during the IPL matches the Dhananjayans hogged the limelight and got their due recognition pan India. We wish them all the very best and like to see them coming more often on television.
-Ajay Raj Koyalkar