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Darshan (actor)

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Darshan born 16 February 1977, also known as Darshan Thoogudeepa, is an Indian film actor, producer and distributor who works predominantly in the Kannada film industry The son of actor Thoogudeepa Srinivas, Darshan began his acting career appearing in soap operas and in bit roles in films starting in the mid-1990s His first film in a lead role came in the 2002 film Majestic

Known for his portrayal of "larger-than-life" and "mass roles", Darshan starred in commercially successful films such as Kariya 2003, Namma Preethiya Ramu 2003, Kalasipalya 2005, Gaja 2008, Saarathi 2011 and Bulbul 2013 His performances in Anatharu 2007, Saarathi and Sangolli Rayanna 2012 won him praise from critics; his performance in the latter as the 19th-century warrior Sangolli Rayanna won him the Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actor In 2017, he was honoured for his "contribution to Karnataka's art and culture" in the British Parliament, and was the fourth Indian and first South Indian actor to receive the honour

One of the leading contemporary actors of Kannada cinema, Darshan has forayed into film production and distribution He established the production house Thoogudeepa Productions, in 2006, which has since been a successful commercial venture Its first production was Jothe Jotheyali, with Darshan in a special appearance


  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Career
    • 21 Early career
    • 22 2001–10
    • 23 2010–present
  • 3 Personal life
  • 4 Filmography
    • 41 Production and distribution
  • 5 Awards and nominations
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links

Early life

Darshan was born to actor Thoogudeepa Srinivas and Meena on 16 February 1977 in Ponnampet, Kodagu district, in the Indian state of Karnataka He was given the name Hemanth Kumar at birth Thoogudeepa is a 1966 Kannada film in which Srinivas acted and gained fame, following which the sobriquet stuck to his name His father often played the roles of menacing villains in Kannada Cinema Despite so, Darshan never had it easy, since his father was reluctant towards the entry of Darshan into films Against his wishes, Darshan got himself enrolled in Ninasam, a theatre training institute, in Shimoga, prior to his father's death in 1995

Darshan has a sister, Divya, and a younger brother, Dinakar, a film director, screenwriter and producer, running the production house, Thoogudeepa Productions As a child, Darshan studied his primary and secondary education at Mysuru Before entering into films, Darshan appeared in few tele-serials and tele-shows


Early career

After graduating from Ninasam, Darshan worked as a projectionist in various films, before entering the mainstream filmmaking as an assistant cameraman to veteran cinematographer B C Gowrishankar His first acting role came in S Narayan's television soap Narayan then offered him a supporting role in his 1997 film Mahabharatha Darshan subsequently featured in films such as Devara Maga 2000 as the son of Ambareesh's character, Ellara Mane Dosenoo 2000, Bhoothayyana Makkalu 2000 and Mr Harishchandra 2001, mostly in insignificant and supporting, often bit roles This period also saw him play minor roles in other television soaps as well


Darshan's major break in films came in 2000 with Majestic, directed by P N Satya and released in 2001, in which he played the role of Daasa, an innocent youth-turned-underworld don, for the first time He then appeared in films such as Kitti, Ninagoskara, Neenandre Ishta and Daasa, produced by Ramesh Yadav He starred in Prem's directorial debut, the 2003 action film Kariya The film was declared a blockbuster and was one of the major grossers of 2003 His next ventures saw him portraying diverse roles; that of a budding musician in Laali Haadu, a journalist in Lankesh Patrike and a blind poor man in Namma Preethiya Ramu

In 2004, he starred in Kalasipalya, directed by Om Prakash Rao and in P N Satya's Daasa, both of which were blockbuster hits In 2005, he acted in three more commercially successful films Annavru, Shashtri produced by his close friend Anaji Nagaraj and Ayya

He starred again in Anaji Nagaraj's Swamy 2005 His subsequent hits include Suntaragaali 2006, Dattha 2006, Bhoopathi 2007, Snehana Preethina 2007 and Anatharu 2008, where he starred with Upendra

In 2008, Gaja gave him a bigger break and became commercially successful This movie helped him to establish a niche for himself as a well built, rustic yet posh young man among the masses This movie brought him a mass following across Karnataka and Darshan became the highest paid, most sought after hero in Kannada cinema After Gaja, his further movies include Indra 2008, Arjun 2008, Navagraha 2008, Yodha 2009, Abhay 2009

In 2010, he acted as cop disguised as a rogue in Porki, which was a remake of 2009 Telugu blockbuster Pokiri His next movie was Shourya 2010 Then came Boss 2011 and Prince 2011


Darshan's next releases were Boss 2011 and Prince 2011 Next came the action drama Saarathi It has since been the biggest blockbuster in his career His 2012 release was Chingari Next, he played a protagonist role in the historical movie Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna and got his maiden Karnataka State Film Awards and Filmfare Award for best actor In 2013, he had two major releases, Bulbul film and Brindavana, both of which were much anticipated and declared as blockbusters

His 2014 film Ambareesha received mixed responses, though it was commercially successful In Mr Airavata, he played the role of a police officer The Hindu wrote: "He sizzles on the screen in his tailor-made avatar as Mr Airavata" In Viraat, his first release of 2016, he played a businessman wanting to provide a solution to the issue of irregular power supply by taking up a thermal power project, and gets pitted against an opportunist Surendra Singh played P Ravi Shankar The Indian Express, in its review, wrote that despite the loopholes, Darshan "cements them" The reviewer added: "He is seen in his signature style of action, dialogue delivery and mannerism This time the actor breezes through some dance steps" Darshan's next film Jaggu Dada saw him play a gangster, and received largely negative reviews from critics

Darshan's first film of 2017, Chakravarthy, is currently in its post-production stages

Personal life

Darshan married his relative Vijayalakshmi, who was then a student in Chemical engineering, in 2000 at Dharmasthala Temple They have a son together, Vineesh Darshan runs his own mini zoo privately in the far east of Mysuru, near Tirumakudal Narsipur Darshan's other passions are cars and bikes

Darshan was embroiled in a controversy in September 2011, when his wife complained to police, accusing him of domestic violence He was subsequently arrested and spent 14 days in judicial custody at Parappana Agrahara However, the marital discord was later settled out of court due to the entry of industry veterans like Ambareesh, Jaggesh and others He later issued a public apology to his fans for the controversy Though this whole episode was expected to dent his image, his immediate release Saarathi 2011 performed well at the box office

An avid animal lover, Darshan is well known for his appreciation for pets, wild animals and owns a private stud in his farmhouse in the far east of Mysuru city


Main article: Darshan filmography

Below are the selected filmography of Darshan:

  • Majestic 2002
  • Kariya 2003
  • Kalasipalya 2004
  • Shastri 2005
  • Dattha 2006
  • Anatharu 2007
  • Snehana Preethina 2007
  • Abhay 2009
  • Saarathi 2011
  • Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna 2012
  • Bulbul 2013
  • Ambareesha 2014
  • Jaggu Dada 2016
  • Chakravarthy 2017
  • Tarak 2017
  • Kurukshetra 2018

Production and distribution

In 2006, After much success in his career, he ventured into film production also He established his own production house "Thoogudeepa productions" and its first film was Jothe Jotheyali, starring Prem, Ramya and had Darshan in a special appearance The film was a commercial hit running 150 days in theatres In 2013, his family established a distribution company called Thoogudeepa Distributors Bulbul film 2013, produced under the home banner became the first movie to be distributed Its other notable projects include distribution of Brindavana 2013, Prakash Rai's Oggarane 2014, the Sharan starrer Jai Lalitha 2014 and the V Ravichandran starrer Paramashiva 2014

Awards and nominations

Year Award Nominated work Category Result Ref
2010 Zee Kannada Innovative Film Awards - Onida Style Icon Won
2012 TV9 awards Saarathi Best Actor Won
2012 Suvarna Film Awards Saarathi Favorite Hero Won
2012 Filmfare Awards South Saarathi Best Actor Nominated
2012 SIIMA Awards Saarathi Best Actor Nominated
2012 Bangalore Press Club Man of the Year - - Won
2012 Bangalore Times Film Awards Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna Best Actor Won
2013 SIIMA Awards Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna Best Actor Nominated
2013 Suvarna Film Awards Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna Best Actor Won
2013 Filmfare Best Actor Award Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna Best Actor Won
2013 Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actor Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna Best Actor Won


  1. ^ Sharadhaa, A "'For my fans, a thousand times over'" The New Indian Express Retrieved 12 November 2017 
  2. ^ "Challenging limits" Deccan Herald Retrieved 17 June 2015 
  3. ^ "UK parliament to honour Kannada actor Darshan" Deccan Herald 18 October 2017 Retrieved 12 November 2017 
  4. ^ "Darshan double bonanza in 'Kurukshetra': Sources say he'll play Karna and Duryodhana" thenewsminutecom 7 June 2017 Retrieved 12 November 2017 
  5. ^ a b c Aiyappa, Manu 16 September 2011 "Actor Darshan: From Rs 200 per day to Rs 125 crore per film " The Times of India Retrieved 27 September 2012 
  6. ^ a b Darshan 30 January 2016 Weekend with Ramesh Season 2 - Episode 11 - January 30, 2016 - Full Episode in Kannada Zee Kannada Event occurs at 5:00 Retrieved 8 February 2016 
  7. ^ "Profile and Biography of Kannada Actor Darshan Thoogudeepa" Karnatakaspidercom Retrieved 2014-02-04 
  8. ^ "The rise and fall of Kannada star Darshan" Rediff Retrieved 17 June 2015 
  9. ^ "Darshan — GGpedia" Wikigandhadagudicom Archived from the original on 13 December 2013 Retrieved 4 February 2014 
  10. ^ "Gaja completes century" filmibeatcom 
  11. ^ And the Filmfare Award for Kannada goes to
  12. ^ "Mr Airavata: No logic, but enjoy Darshan magic" The Hindu 3 October 2015 Retrieved 23 March 2017 
  13. ^ "Viraat Keeps Darshan Fans on Their Feet" The New Indian Express 30 January 2016 Retrieved 23 March 2017 
  14. ^ Nathan, Archana 11 June 2016 "Jaggu Dada: A torturer's paradise" The Hindu Retrieved 23 March 2017 
  15. ^ Suresh, Sunayana 13 June 2016 "Jaggu Dada Movie Review" The Times of India Retrieved 23 March 2017 
  16. ^ "Chakravarthy trailer to be out on Ugadi" The New Indian Express 15 March 2017 Retrieved 23 March 2017 
  17. ^ "Darshan Biography, Darshan Profile" OneIndia 1977-02-16 Retrieved 2014-02-04 
  18. ^ "Sudeep, Darshan proud owners of Harley Davidson bikes" Filmibeatcom Retrieved 17 June 2015 
  19. ^ "Darshan's new ride" The New Indian Express Retrieved 17 June 2015 
  20. ^ "Darshan on Bike" Indiaglitz Retrieved 17 June 2015 
  21. ^ "Upcoming Movies — Darshan" Filmibeat Retrieved 17 June 2015 
  22. ^ "Kannada actor Darshan held for domestic violence" The Hindu Retrieved 17 June 2015 
  23. ^ "'Challenging Star' back in Parappana Agrahara jail" Daily Bhaskar Retrieved 17 June 2015 
  24. ^ "Compromise Formula to Save Kannada Actor Darshan from Jail" Daijiworld Retrieved 17 June 2015 
  25. ^ "Darshan released after High Court grants bail" The Hindu Retrieved 17 June 2015 
  26. ^ "After all the drama, Kannada actor Darshan says I am sorry" Dnaindia Retrieved 17 June 2015 
  27. ^ "Darshan ruling the roost" The New Indian Express Retrieved 17 June 2015 
  28. ^ "Darshan's Saarathi riding steady at BO" ibnlivecom 11 November 2011 Retrieved 17 June 2015 
  29. ^ "Darshan Biography, Darshan Profile" OneIndia Retrieved 27 September 2012 
  30. ^ "Darshan Puts Fans Before God" The New Indian Express Retrieved 17 June 2015 
  31. ^ "Challenging Star Darshan Adopted An Elephant Calf In Mysuru Zoo" Bollywooddramacom Retrieved 17 June 2015 
  32. ^ "Darshan adopts tiger cub" THE TIMES OF INDIA Retrieved 17 June 2015 
  33. ^ "Darshan: An actor, but no gentleman" Deccan Chronicle 10 September 2011 Archived from the original on 10 September 2011 Retrieved 27 September 2012 
  34. ^ "Zee Kannada Innovative Film Awards" Cineloka Retrieved 17 June 2015 
  35. ^ TV9 awards
  36. ^ "4th Suvarna film awards Part 1mp4" Youtube Retrieved 18 June 2015 
  37. ^ "SIIMA — South Indian International Movie Awards" Retrieved 18 June 2015 
  38. ^ http://wwwbharatstudentcom/ 2012-12-14 "Darshan and Superstar Rajinikanth among man of the year list — Kannada Movie News" Bharatstudentcom Retrieved 2014-02-04 
  39. ^ "Bangalore Times Film Awards 2012 goes to" THE TIMES OF INDIA Retrieved 18 June 2015 
  40. ^ "SIIMA 2013" Retrieved 18 June 2015 
  41. ^ "Suvarna Awards 2013 - DECLARED" Gandhada Gudi Retrieved 18 June 2015 
  42. ^ "Filmfare Awards 2013 South: Complete List of Winners" IBTIMES Retrieved 18 June 2015 
  43. ^ "Darshan Thanks 'Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna' Team, Fans After Winning State Award" IBTIMES Retrieved 18 June 2015 

External links

  • Official website
  • Darshan on IMDb

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