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Darshan Biography

Darshan Thoogudeepa is an Indian film actor, producer and distributor who works predominantly in the Kannada film industry.

Darshan is an avid animal lover; he is well known for his strong passion for pets and wild animals and owns a private stud in his farmhouse in the far east of Mysuru city.

Early Life

Darshan was born as Hemanth Kumar to actor Thoogudeepa Srinivas and Meena. Darshan has a sister, Divya and a younger brother, Dinakar Thoogudeepa, a film director, screenwriter and producer, running the production house, Thoogudeepa Productions. As a child, Darshan finished his primary and secondary education from Mysuru. Before entering films, Darshan appeared in a few tele-serials and tele-shows.


After passing out from Ninasam, Darshan worked as a lightboy in various films, before entering mainstream filmmaking as an assistant cameraman to veteran cinematographer B. C. Gowrishankar. Darshan started with supporting and uncredited roles. This period saw him play minor roles in television soaps as well.

Darshan's major break came in films in 2000 with Majestic, directed by P. N. Satya and released in 2001. After that he acted in many blockbusters movies like Kariya, Daasa, Kalasipalya, and Gaja and also Darshan acted in multi-starrer movies like Snehana Preethina along with Aditya and Anatharu with Upendra.

He played a protagonist's role in the historical movie Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna and got his maiden Karnataka State Film Awards and Filmfare Award for best actor. He also acted in Chakravarthy and Sarvantrayami.

Personal Life

Darshan married his relative Vijayalakshmi. They have a son named Vineesh.

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