Darshan also known as Darshan Thoogudeep is an actor from South India well known for his roles mainly in Kannada movies. He is known to be one of the most famous and credible film stars in the Kannada cinema industry.
He was born on February 16th in the year 1977 in the city of Mysuru (then known as Mysore) in Karnataka. He was born to parents Meena and
Thoogudeepa Srinivas (also known as Mysore Srinivas) one of the most well known evergreen actors in the history of Kannada cinema known for his notorious and villainous roles.
After his father had died in the year 1995, Darshan had to struggle a lot before he had found his way to being one of the stars in the cinema industry in Kannada. He had entered the field at a very humble note by doing the lights and handling the camera.
He sought to be an assistant under one of the most well-known cinematographers, B. C. Gowrishankar and had assisted him in various projects. Later he made an appearance in S. Narayan’s television serial where he played a minor role.
Later he made supporting role appearances in a line of movies like ‘Mahabharatha’ in 1997, ‘Devara Maga’ and ‘Bhoothayyana Makkalu’ in 2000, etc. He had his big break when he became Hero in filmmaker P. N. Satya’s ‘Majestic’ which came out in the year 2002.
He made his acting debut alongside other stars in the industry like Rekha, Harish Roy, and Jai Jagdish. It was later remade into ‘
Charminar’ in Telugu. He was immediately signed on to a bunch of movies and had gained the recognition and love of thousands of fans.
He appeared in many films and some of his latest being, ‘Bulbul’, ‘Ambareesha’ and ‘Mr. Airavata’ in 2015. He started his production house named ‘Thoogudeepa Productions’ in the year 2006. He married Vijaya Lakshmi, a chemical engineer in the year 2000 and they have a son together named Vineesh Darshan Thoogudeep.
Their marriage faced a minor setback in 2011, which was then sorted out and now they lead a happy family life. He is known to be an animal lover and runs a miniature zoo in his farmhouse located in the eastern side of Mysuru.