Darshan is not an actor, he is a star. In precise - The Challenging Star. His transformation from an ordinary man to one of the superstars of Sandalwood is inspiring.
Being the son of veteran actor Thoogudeepa Srinivas, Darshan did
not have the luxury of being launched as a hero when he decide to
act. While the kids of the stars often had their family backing,
Darshan's case was different, as he could not find a godfather for
His association with film industry started as an assistant
director and he worked in a couple of films including Award Winning
Chigurida Kanasu directed by TS Nagabharana and starring
Shivaraj Kumar. During the process, he started acting in television
serials and S Narayan's Ambica earned him a decent
However, after struggling for few years and after making his
debut as a co-artist in S Narayan's Mahabharatha, he got a
dream debut as a hero in PN Sathya's Majestic. He
experimented with different kind of roles for the next two years
and met with little success. Just when people thought that his
career was going nowhere, he delivered a career-changing hit
Since then, he has not turned back in spite of being in troubles and controversies. Now, the actor is ready for the release of his biggest-ever flick of his career Kranthiveera Sangolli Rayanna. On this occasion, we would like to remind our readers about his top five hits till date.
Majestic became a sleeper hit and Darshan became a star
overnight with his debut flick. It was proved again that the movies
on underworld works in Sandalwood. It was made with a low-budget
and the actor was paid Rs 15,000. Rekha played his love interest in
the movie directed by PN Sathya.
His biggest hit came in the form of Kariya directed by
Prem. The brilliant narration backed with the real-life incident
happened in Bangalore underworld in 90s attracted the audience.
More importantly, the love story in the film between Darshan and
Abhinayashree remained one of the plus points of the film.
Om Prakash Rao's Kalasipalya became one of the biggest
commercial hits in 2004. The high-voltage action drama was accused
of lifting stories from five superhit movies from other languages
including Bollywood film Vaastav and Tamil film Kaakha
Darshan was branded as a hero, whose movies are limited to only
mass but Gaja redefined his career. The content of the
film attracted both the family audience and action lovers. It was a
remake of Telugu film Bhadra and directed by K
Saarathi was released when Darshan was jailed over the
wife-beating case in 2011. The movie directed by his brother
Dinakar is one of the highest-grossing films of his 11-decade
career. Click here to know about Sangolli