Darshan in Saarathi
|Native name||ದರ್ಶನ್ ತೂಗುದೀಪ್|
16 February 1977
Mysuru, Karnataka, India
|Residence||Bengaluru, Karnataka, India|
|Other names||Challenging Star, Box Office Sultan, Karunaada Kalatathna, Mass Star|
|Occupation||Actor, producer, distributor|
|Height||6 ft 3 in (191 cm)|
|Spouse(s)||Vijaya Lakshmi (m. 2000)|
|Relatives||Muniswamy (Paternal grandfather)
Parvathamma (Paternal grandmother)
Dinakar Thoogudeep (brother)
|Awards||Filmfare Awards South
Karnataka State Film Awards
Darshan Thoogudeep (born 16 February, 1977), mononymously addressed as Darshan, is an Indian film actor, film producer and distributor who works predominantly in the Kannada film industry. He is popularly credited as Challenging Star and Box Office Sultan by his fans. He is the son of veteran Kannada actor Thoogudeepa Srinivas(1943-1995). Darshan initially worked in trivial roles in few films and television shows, later made his debut in a lead role in 2001 film, Majestic, and has since then starred in many commercial and critical hit films such as Kariya (2003), Namma Preethiya Ramu (2003), Kalasipalya (2005), Gaja (2008), Saarathi (2011), Chingari (2012) Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna (2012), Bulbul (2013) and Ambareesha (2014).
After working behind the camera as a assistant cameraman and in small roles, he received his break in Majestic which marked the beginning of his successful career. After earning stability and fame in his acting career he forayed into film production and distribution. He established his own production house "Thoogudeepa productions" in 2006, which has been a successful commercial venture. It's first production was Jothe Jotheyali with Darshan in a special appearance. Because of his consistent performance at box office, he is considered one of the most dependable, commercially successful and bankable stars in the industry. An avid animal lover, he is well known for his strong passion for pets, wild animals and owns a private stud in his farmhouse in the far east of Mysore city.
Darshan was born to actor Thoogudeepa Srinivas and Meena on 16 February 1977 in the city of Mysore in Karnataka. Thoogudeepa is the name of a Kannada Film in which Srinivas, father of Darshan, acted and shot to fame. His father often played the roles of menacing villains in Kannada Cinema and enjoyed goodwill in film fraternity. Despite so, Darshan never had it easy since his father was reluctant towards the entry of Darshan into film industry. Srinivas suffered from chronic diabetes and kidney ailment and died due to heart attack on October 16, 1995, aged 52.
Darshan has a sister by name Divya and his younger brother Dinakar Thoogudeep is a film director who scripts films under their home production, Thoogudeepa Productions. As a child, Darshan studied his primary and secondary education at Mysore. Before entering into films, Darshan appeared in few tele-serials and tele-shows.
Darshan entry into the cine world was marked by the continued struggle after his father's death. He took training for acting at Ninasam in Shimoga. Later after a brief stint as a lightboy in various films, he entered the mainstream moviemaking as an assistant cameraman to veteran cinematographer B. C. Gowrishankar. Then he was recognized by director S. Narayan who offered him a role in his Tele-serial. Later he stepped into the world of bigscreens when S. Narayan offered him a supporting role in his 1997 movie Mahabharatha. Darshan consecutively was featured in films like Devara Maga (2000) as the son of Ambareesh, Ellara Mane Dosenoo (2000), Bhoothayyana Makkalu (2000) and Mr. Harishchandra (2001) mostly in insignificant supporting and uncredited roles. This period saw him play small roles in Television series as well.
2001 - 2010
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. 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, 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 a blockbuster hit. 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 pan Karnataka and Darshan became the highly paid, most sought after hero in Kannada cinema. After Gaja, his further movies include Indra (2008), Arjun (2008), Navagraha (2008), Yodha (2009), Abhay (2009).
2010 - present
His next releases were Boss (2011) and Prince (2011). Next to them 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 much expected 2014 movie Ambareesha received mixed responses though it was a commercially successful. In 2015 most expected movie "Mr.Airavatha" Directed by A P Arjun and Produced by Sandesh nagaraj and Darshan leading a cop role, he loss is weight 8 kgs,he build a body and make six pack for this movie. His future projects include Airavatha (2015), Mumtaz (2015), Viraat (2015), Jaggu Dada (2016), Chakravarthi (2016), Sarvantrayami (2017) and Aaspota (2018).
Darshan married his relative Vijayalakshmi, who was then a student in Chemical engineering, in 2000 at Dharmasthala Temple. They have one child named Vineesh thoogudeep. Darshan runs his own mini zoo privately in far east of Mysore near Tirumakudal Narsipur. He is the only south indian actor to do so. Darshan’s other passions are cars & bikes.
Darshan was embroiled in a controversy in september, 2011 when his wife complained to Police againist him accusing of domestic violence. Darshan was subsequently arrested and spent 14 days in judicial custody at Parappana Agrahara. However the marital discord later reached in a happy compromise and was 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) became a blockbuster hit.
Below are the selected filmography of Darshan:
- 2001: Majestic as Daasa
- 2002: Dhruva as Dhruva
- 2003: Kariya as Kariya
- 2003: Laali Haadu as Puttaswamy ("Anand")
- 2003: Lankesh Patrike as Indra
- 2003: Namma Preethiya Ramu as Ramu
- 2004: Kalasipalya as Kencha
- 2005: Daasa as Mohan Daas
- 2005: Shashtri as Rama Shashtri
- 2005: Ayya as Ayya
- 2005: Swamy as Swamy
- 2006: Suntaragaali as Jaggi
- 2006: Dattha as Dattha
- 2007: Bhoopathi as Bhoopathi
- 2007: Snehana Preethina as Surya
- 2007: Anatharu as Satya
- 2008: Gaja as Gajendra
- 2009: Yodha as Captain Ram
- 2009: Abhay as Abhay
- 2010: Shourya as Suryavamshi
- 2011: Boss as Ram/Raj
- 2011: Prince as Vishnu
- 2011: Saarathi as Raja/Krishna
- 2012: Chingari as Dhanush
- 2012: Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna as Sangolli Rayanna
- 2013: Bulbul as Vijay
- 2013: Brindavana as Krishna
- 2014: Ambareesha as Ambareesha
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 Thoogudeep 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. It's other notable projects include distribution of Brindavana (2013), Prakash Rai's Oggarane (2014), Sharan starrer Jai Lalitha (2014) and V. Ravichandran starrer Paramashiva (2014).
- As a Producer
|1||2006||Jothe Jotheyali||Dinakar Thoogudeepa |
|2||2008||Navagraha (film)||Dinakar Thoogudeepa|
|3||2013||Bulbul (film)||M. D. Shridhar|
|4||2015||Maduveya Mamatheya Kareyole||Kaviraj|
- As a Distributor
|1||2013||Bulbul||M. D. Shridhar|
|7||2014||Jai Bajarangibali||Ravivarma Gubbi|
|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||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|||
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