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 himself.
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 name.
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 Kariya.
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 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 Madesha.
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 Rayanna...