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Darshan Thoogudeep 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, 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 studied his primary and secondary education at Mysuru. Before entering into films, Darshan appeared in few tele-serials and tele-shows.


After passing out from Ninasam, Darshan worked as a lightboy in various films, before entering the 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 came 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, Gaja and also Darshan acted in multi-starrer movies like Snehana Preethina along with Aditya and Anatharu with Upendra.

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. Darshan's upcoming movies are Chakravarthy, Sarvantrayami which are releasing in 2017.

Personal Life

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