Darshan in Saarathi
16 February 1977
Mysore, Karnataka, India
|Residence||Bengaluru, Karnataka, India|
|Other names||Challenging Star
|Years active||2001 – present|
|Height||6 ft 3 in (191 cm)|
|Spouse(s)||Vijaya Lakshmi (m. 2000)|
|Relatives||Dinakar Thoogudeep (brother)|
Darshan Thoogudeep (born 16 February 1977), mononymously credited as Darshan, is an Indian film actor and film producer who works predominantly in the Kannada film industry. He is often called the Challenging Star by his fans. Darshan is the tallest Kannada actor with a height of 6 ft 3 in (191cm). Son of actor Thoogudeepa Srinivas, Darshan made his lead role film debut in 2001 film, Majestic, and has since then starred in many commercial and critical hit films such as Majestic (2001), Kariya (2003), Namma Preethiya Ramu (2003), Kalasipalya (2005), Gaja (2008), Saarathi (2011), Chingari (2012) Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna (2012) and Bulbul (2013).
After working behind the camera and in small roles, he received his break in Majestic . He is also known for his strong passion for wild animals and owns a private zoo in the far east of Mysore. Because of his consistent performance at box office, he is considered one of the most dependable and bankable stars in the industry.
After much success in his career he made his venture in film production also. He established his own production house "Thoogudeepa productions" in 2006 and its first film was Jothe Jotheyali starring Prem, Ramya and Darshan in a special appearance.
Darshan was born to character actor Thoogudeepa Srinivas and Meena Thoogudeepa on 16 February 1977 in Mysore. His younger brother Dinakar Thoogudeep is a film director who scripts films under their home production. Thoogudeepa is the name of a Kannada Film in which Srinivas, father of Darshan, acted and got the fame.
As a child, he studied his primary and secondary education at Mysore. Before entering into films, Darshan appeared in few tele-serials and tele-shows..
Before starting off his career as a lead actor, Darshan worked in several feature films in various insignificant roles such as assistant cinematographer and uncredited actor. His first acting stint was in the 1997 released film Mahabharatha directed by S. Narayan. He went on to feature in small supporting roles in the films such as Devara Maga (2000), Bhootayyana Makkalu (2000). This period saw him play small roles in Television series as well.
Darshan's first break came with the film Majestic directed by P. N. Satya and released in 2001 in which he played the role of Daasa, an innocent youth turned underwold don, for the first time. Sify called his performance as "impressive" and promising. The movie was a huge hit commercially and critically. After Majestic, Darshan signed more films, and by the end of 2002, three more films (Dhruva, Ninagoskara, Kitti) with him as lead were released.
He then appeared in films such as Kitti, Ninagoskara and Neenandre Ishta, "Daasa" produced by Ramesh Yadav. He starred in Prem's directorial debut, the 2003 action film Kariya. The film was declared as a blockbuster and was one of the major grossers of 2003. His next ventures saw him portraying diverse roles of a budding musician in Laali Haadu, a journalist in Lankesh Patrike and a blind poor man in Namma Preethiya Ramu.
In 2006, After much success in his career he made his venture in film production also. He established his own production house "Thoogudeepa productions" and its first film was "Jothe Jotheyali" starring Prem, Ramya and Darshan Thoogudeep in a special appearance. The film was a commercial hit running 150 days in theatres.
His 2012 release was Chingari. Next, he played a protagonist role in 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 and Brindaavaba, both of which were much anticipated and declared as biggest blockbusters.
Darshan married Vijayalakshmi in 2000. They have one child named Vineesh. Darshan runs his own zoo privately in far east of Mysore, Karnataka. Darshan’s other passion is cars.
On 9 September 2011, Darshan was arrested on the charges of torturing, threatening and beating his wife Vijayalakshmi with a gun, his co-actor Nikita Thukral was reportedly banned by the Kannada Film Producers' Association (KFPA) for a period of three years for causing "marital discord" in Darshan's family, the "ban" was retracted after the public outrage and the criticism from the film fraternity. Darshan was released after he was granted bail by the High Court of Karnataka. The controversy ended with the Judge negotiating a compromise and Darshan apologising for his misconduct.
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
|3||2000||Ellara Mane Dosenoo|
|6||2001||Majestic||Daasa||First Movie as a Solo Hero|
|11||2003||Kushalave Kshemave||Remake of Tamil film|
|13||2003||Laali Haadu||Puttaswamy alias Anand|
|16||2003||Annavru||Surya||Remake of Tamil film Thalapathi|
|17||2003||Namma Preethiya Ramu||Ramu||Remake of Malayalam film Vasanthiyum Lakshmiyum Pinne Njaanum|
|28||2006||Thangigagi||Veerabhadra||Remake of Tamil film Thirupaachi|
|32||2006||Jothe Jotheyali||Himself||Special appearance|
|34||2007||Snehana Preethina||Surya||Remake of Hindi movie Ishq|
|36||2007||Anatharu||Satya||Remake of Tamil film Pithamagan|
|37||2007||Ee Bandhana||Kiran||Extended cameo appearance|
|38||2008||Gaja||Gaja||Remake of Telugu film Bhadra|
|39||2008||Indra||Indra||Remake of Tamil film Arasu|
|41||2008||Navagraha||Jaggu||Extended cameo appearance|
|42||2009||Yodha||Capt.Ram||Remake of Tamil film Bose|
|44||2010||Porki||Datthu / Surya I.P.S||Remake of Telugu film Pokiri|
|45||2010||Shourya||Suryavamshi||Remake of Telugu film Souryam|
|46||2011||Boss||Ram / Raj|
|48||2011||Saarathi||Raja / Krishna||Winner - Suvarna Best Hero award
Winner - Tv9 Best Actor award
|49||2012||Chingari||Dhanush||Remake of English movie Taken|
|51||2012||Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna||Sangolli Rayanna||Winner - Filmfare Award for Best Actor
Winner - Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actor
Winner - Suvarna Film Award for Best Actor
|52||2013||Bulbul||Vijay||Remake of Telugu film Darling|
|53||2013||Brindavana||Krishna||Remake of Telugu film Brindavanam|
|54||2014||Agraja||Charan Daas (I.A.S)||Extended cameo appearance|
|58||2015||Chakravarthy||Shooting started on 15 August 2014|
|59||2015||Jaggu Dada||Shooting starts on 16 February 2015|
|60||2016||Gaja Ganga||Shooting starts on 16 February 2016|
As a film producer
Darshan started a production house named Thoogudeepa productions, which has produced following movies.
|1||2006||Jothe Jotheyali||Dinakar Thoogudeepa |
|2||2008||Navagraha (film)||Dinakar Thoogudeepa|
|3||2013||Bulbul (film)||M. D. Shridhar|
The latest addition to the Darshan empire is a distribution company called Toogudeepa Distributors. Darshan's family already has a production company; Toogudeepa Productions and also a shooting unit. The first film that has besn distributed through the new distribution company is Bulbul, which has released on 10 May.
|1||2013||Bulbul||M. D. Shridhar|
- 2010 - Won Zee Kannada & Innovative Film Awards — Onida Style Icon Award.
- 2012 - Won TV9 Best Actor award for the movie Saarathi 
- 2012 - Won Suvarna Best Hero award- Saarathi.
- 2012 - Nominated SIIMA Award for Best Actor- Saarathi.
- 2012 - Won Man of the Year by Bangalore Press Club.
- 2013 - Nominated SIIMA Award for Best Actor- Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna.
- 2013 - Won Suvarna Best Actor award- Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna.
- 2013 - Won Filmfare Best Actor Award - Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna.
- 2013 - Won Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actor - Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna.
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