Darshan Thoogudeepa, popularly known as Darshan, is an actor, producer and distributor who prominently works in the Kannada film industry. He is known for his performances in films like Saarathi, Robert, Yajamana, and several others. Darshan is known to mould himself according to the characters of the film. He was seen portraying mythological characters in films like Kurukshetra as Duryodhana. Recently, his pictures portraying a mythological character went viral. But before you jump to a conclusion, let us tell you it was not the first look of any new film of his, but a reimagined photo of Darshan. The photo has been designed by his fan. The pictures have been created using AI. Darshan can be seen donning the avatar of Pulakeshin II, who was one of the most famous rulers of the Chalukya dynasty of Vatapi. After the pictures went viral, fans believed Darshan would be perfect for the character of Pulakeshin II.
Kurukshetra (2019) was based on the epic Mahabharata and the events of the Kurukshetra War. The film created history by bringing prominent actors from the Kannada film industry together. Darshan’s character was immensely praised by the audience. The film was directed by Naganna and produced by Munirathna.
Darshan was last seen in the film Kranti, directed by V Harikrishna. He will be seen next in films like Kaatera, Raja Veera Madakari Nayaka, and a few others. Darshan started his acting career in 1997 with supporting roles in films like Mahabharata by S Narayana. He prominently started his career in a lead role in the film Majestic by PN Sathya. Darshan is the son of veteran actor Thoogudeepa Srinivas, who was known for his antagonistic roles in films.
Darshan got married to Vijayalakshmi in 2003, who is a chemical engineer. They have a son named Vinish.
Darshan has received several recognitions from the industry like the Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actor in the film Kranti Veera Sangolli Rayanna. Currently, he is busy with his upcoming release, Kaatera, directed by Tharun Sudhir. This film will also mark the debut of actress Malashree’s daughter Aaradhana Ram in the industry.