It’s very rare to acquire Demi-God Status by being in an Entertainment world. Happy to confess the fact that Our Beloved Challenging Star Darshan Sir has conquered Millions of Hearts with his Simple, Down to Earth Nature, Sticking to his roots despite enjoying the Stardom of a Superstar for nearly 2 Decades now. Termed as D Boss – By his Fans and Film Fraternity, He continues to enjoy a Massive fan following compared to any other actor in Sandalwood at present.
Darshan was born to legendary Actor Thoogudeepa Srinivas & Meena on Feb 16, 1977 in Ponnampet, Coorg. He has an Elder Sister – Divya & Younger Brother – Dinakar Thoogudeepa who is also a Renowned Director in Sandalwood. He got married to Vijayalakshmi in 2000 and the couple have a son - Vineesh. Darshan & his family basically hail from Mysuru, Traditional Capital of Karnataka.
Darshan never had it easy to foray into films, which was against the wishes of his father. Nevertheless, Darshan made a firm decision in his childhood itself by enrolling himself at Theatre Training Institute #Ninasam in Shimoga. Due to severe Health issues, Srinivas passed away in 1995. Being the Elder son of the Family, He had to take over the family responsibilities. He also served as a Milk vendor in Mysuru for many Months. Despite all the hardships he had to face past his father’s death – he continued with his Passion for movies by completing the training at Ninasam successfully with flying colors.
He didn’t get a Red-Carpet welcome to Sandalwood despite his father’s legacy of 300 Plus Movies in Kannada. He started his journey as a Light Boy in 1996 Super-Hit Movie ‘Janumada Jodi’ working for very less daily wages. He continued his stint as an Assistant cameraman to veteran Cinematographer BC Gowrishankar. Director S Narayan offered him the role in Popular Udaya TV Serials – Parvathi & Ambika. Alike his father, he also started to play Supporting/Villain roles in Movies like Mahabharatha, Devara Maga, Mr Harishchandra etc to name a few.
Finally, After a Long struggle – Darshan fetched a Mainstream Hero Role via Majestic, directed by PN Sathya which was released in 2002. Since then, there has been no way back for Challenging Star. Debut Movie Majestic went on to became one of the Biggest Hits in Sandalwood. He looked like a Perfect fit for Angry Young Man/ Lover Boy roles excelling in all the roles given to him. His Mass Image continued to Prosper with Blockbuster Hits like Kariya, Kalasipalya, Ayya, Suntaragali, Gaja, Saarathee, Bulbul to name a few. Within few years, He went on to become the Mass Icon of Sandalwood overtaking all his contemporary Actors.
His Filmy career has been excellent with a tag of ‘Box Office Sultan’ by Producers/Distributors as a result of humongous success for his Movies at Box office irrespective of the Genre/Content in the movie. He is the only Actor among the current Generation of Actors, who has tried a Historical Flick and has emerged successful too. An Epic Story of a Warrior – ‘Kranthiveera Sangolli Rayanna’ went on to become one of the All-time Blockbusters of Sandalwood with a Great run of 1+ Years at Theaters. His Performance as a Blind guy in ‘Namma Preethiya Ramu’ is still evergreen in Kannadigas Hearts. It’s a sumptuous feast to watch D Boss in Mass Roles in particular. He excelled in a Khadak villain role in his own Production venture ‘Navagraha’ reminding of his Father’s legacy.
His Filmy career has been nearing 50 Flicks as Hero now and has maintained remarkable success rate with more than 80% of his movies doing extraordinary Business at Box office winning Audience hearts. There’s already a famous saying now – ‘Kings are many in Sandalwood. But, there is only 1 Emperor – Challenging Star Darshan Boss’.
Challenging Star Darshan was already an established Sandalwood Superstar by 2006. In order to provide a Perfect Launch pad as a director for his Talented Brother Dinakar, He started his own Production House named "Thoogudeepa Productions" in 2006. His belief paid rich dividends as well. Their Debut Home Production venture "Jothe Jotheyali" went on to be a Silver Jubilee Hit. They followed it up with an Engaging thriller "Navagraha" in 2008, which had sons of Famous Legendary villains who had ruled Sandalwood for the past 2-3 decades. It was also successful at Box Office and got great reviews from the audience for its unique Concept and captivating screenplay.
After a Long gap, Darshan and team decided to make a movie for their close friends/technicians under their Home Banner. Darshan was in news for providing the free call-sheet for this movie titled "BULBUL". It got released in 2013 and went on to become one of the Biggest All-time Blockbusters by completing 50 days in 86 Theaters till date. No movie has achieved this feat till date in Sandalwood. Another quality family entertainer ‘Maduveya Mamatheya Kareyole’ was being Produced by this Reputed Banner in 2016.
Going by the records, Thoogudeepa Banner has earned the recognition of one of the most reputed Movie makers in the Industry. Magical D brothers have always lived up to the expectations by providing Quality stuff for the Audience from their Home Banner.
Challenging Star has been ruling the roost as Sandalwood's most sought out Super star with raining Blockbusters to his credit. He isn't only a charismatic Hero, but also a Good Businessman as well. Seeing the Overwhelming response from all corners of the state for his flicks, he decided to distribute his own movies by himself. As a result, Recent Addition to Darshan’ s Kingdom is the Distribution Company by Name "Thoogudeepa Distributors" in 2013 which have distributed his 2 Blockbuster Movies, BulBul & Brindavana till date. Darshan has now been termed as Man with Midas touch seeing his success in each and every aspect of his career.
Distribution House maintained by Dinakar and Mallikarjun have been successful in distributing Quality flicks featuring other stars as well. They have successfully ventured with Ugramm, Oggarane, Neerdose, Pushpaka Vimana & Many such successful movies till date.
Challenging Star Darshan has grown by leaps and Bounds in his profession as a result of Consistent Hard work and dedication in film-making. He acquired Rs.4 crore worth outdoor unit in 2009 itself and named it as 'Thoogudeepa Outdoor Unit'. This Outdoor Unit boasts of all necessary movies related equipments which are needed during the filming stages. They also own some of the world's Costliest Cameras like 435 Camera worth 2 crores in their Kitty. Most of the Movies have been making use of the excellent facilities provided by this Outdoor Unit to the best of their abilities.