Darshan (actor)

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Darshan Thoogudeep
Darshan Thoogudeep kannada film actor.jpg
Darshan in Saarathi
Native name ದರ್ಶನ ತೂಗುದೀಪ್
Born Darshan Thoogudeepa
(1977-02-16) 16 February 1977 (age 38)
Mysuru, Karnataka, India
Residence Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
Other names Challenging Star
Occupation Actor, producer, distributor
Years active 2001–present
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Spouse(s) Vijaya Lakshmi (m. 2000)
Children 1
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.[1] 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 .[2] He is also known for his strong passion for wild animals and owns a private zoo in the far east of Mysore.[2][3][4] 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.

Early life[edit]

Darshan was born to character actor Thoogudeepa Srinivas and Meena Thoogudeepa on 16 February 1977[5] 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.[6] Before entering into films, Darshan appeared in few tele-serials and tele-shows..


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.[7] 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.[8] 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 2004 he starred in Kalasipalya directed by Om Prakash Rao and in P. N. Satya's Daasa was a Blockbuster hit. In 2005, he acted in two more commercially successful films Annavru and Ayya.

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.[9]

His 2011 release was "saarathi". It is most blockbuster he is a career. 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.[10] In 2013 he had two major releases, BulBul and Sangolli Rayanna, both of which were much anticipated and declared as biggest blockbusters of his career .2013 brindavana remake brindavanam blockbuster of the year.

Personal life[edit]

Darshan married Vijayalakshmi thoogudeep in 2000. They have one child named Vineesh thoogudeep. Darshan runs his own zoo privately in far east of Mysore southindian actor only one the private zoo, Karnataka. Darshan’s other passion is cars & bikes .[11]


Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Role Notes
1997 Mahabharatha Uncredited
2000 Devara Maga
2000 Ellara Mane Dosenoo
2001 Bhoothayyana Makkalu
2001 Mr. Harishchandra
2001 Majestic Daasa First film in a lead role
2002 Dhruva Dhruva
2002 Kitty Kitty
2002 Ninagoskara Manoj
2002 Neenandre Ishta Arun
2003 Kushalave Kshemave
2003 Kariya Kariya
2003 Laali Haadu Puttaswamy ("Anand")
2003 Lankesh Patrike Indra
2003 Dil Himself
2003 Annavru Surya
2003 Namma Preethiya Ramu Ramu
2004 Darshan Darshan
2004 Dharma Dharma
2004 Kalasipalya Kencha
2004 Sardara Maada
2004 Monalisa Himself Special appearance
2004 Bhagawan Bhagi
2005 Daasa Mohan Daas
2005 Shashtri Rama Shastri
2005 Ayya Ayya
2005 Swamy Swamy
2006 Thangigagi Veerabhadra
2006 Mandya Ganesh / Eshwar
2006 Suntaragaali Jaggi
2006 Dattha Datta
2006 Jothe Jotheyali Himself Special appearance
2007 Bhoopathi Bhoopathi
2007 Snehana Preethina Surya
2007 Arasu Himself Special appearance
2007 Anatharu Satya
2007 Ee Bandhana Kiran Extended cameo appearance
2008 Gaja Gaja
2008 Indra Indra
2008 Arjun Arjun
2008 Navagraha Jaggu Extended cameo appearance
2009 Yodha Captain Ram
2009 Abhay Abhay
2010 Porki Datthu / Surya
2010 Shourya Suryavamshi
2011 Boss Ram / Raj
2011 Prince Vishnu
2011 Saarathi Raja / Krishna Suvarna Best Hero award
TV9 Best Actor award
2012 Chingari Dhanush
2012 Snehitaru Surya Prakash
2012 Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna Sangolli Rayanna Filmfare Award for Best Actor
Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actor
Suvarna Film Award for Best Actor
2013 Bulbul Vijay
2013 Brindavana Krishna
2014 Agraja Charan Daas Extended cameo appearance
2014 Ambareesha Ambarish
2015 AiravataFilms that have not yet been released Filming
2015 ViraatFilms that have not yet been released Delayed
2015 Jaggu DadaFilms that have not yet been released Filming

As a film producer[edit]

Darshan started a production house named Thoogudeepa productions, which has produced following movies.

Sl No. Year Title Director
1 2006 Jothe Jotheyali Dinakar Thoogudeepa [12]
2 2008 Navagraha (film) Dinakar Thoogudeepa
3 2013 Bulbul (film) M. D. Shridhar
4 2015 madhuveya mamatheya kareyole Kaviraj

Distribution company[edit]

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.[13]

Sl No. Year Title Director
1 2013 Bulbul M. D. Shridhar
2 2013 Brindavana K. Madesh
3 2014 Ugramm Prashanth Neel
4 2014 Oggarane Prakash Rai
5 2014 Jayalalita Pon Kumaran
6 2014 PARAMASHIVA Mahesh Babu
7 2014 Jaibajarangibali
8 2015 Raate A.P Arjun



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