Darshan, also known as Darshan Thoogudeepa, is an Indian film actor, producer and distributor who works predominantly in the Kannada film industry. The son of actor Thoogudeepa Srinivas, Darshan began his acting career appearing in soap operas and in bit roles in films starting in the mid-1990s. His first film in a lead role came in the 2001 film Majestic. Darshan is one of the leading contemporary actors of Kannada cinema, Darshan has forayed into film production and distribution. He established the production house Thoogudeepa Productions, in 2006, which has since been a successful commercial venture. Its first production was Jothe Jotheyali, with Darshan in a special appearance. Darshan has good fan following in Kannada Cinema and is one of the top paid actors in Kannada. He is called as the Challenging Star, DBoss, Boss of Sandalwood and Box Office Sultan of Kannada film industry for giving back to back blockbuster movies.