3 years ban on actress Nikita lifted

The Karnataka Film Producers Association (KFPA) succumbed to extreme pressure from the Sandalwood industry to lift the ban on Actor Nikita Thukral imposed last week in the wake of alleged wife-beating by popular star Darshan.

Darshan was arrested by the police and remanded to custody following a complaint by his wife Vijayalakshmi who had alleged torture by him when she had questioned about his activities.

She had also taken strong objection to his close assoication with Nikita, asouth Indian bilingual actor. KFPA members and fraternity members, including the family of late Dr Rajkumar, had expressed vociferous protest over the three- year ban slapped on the Actor by Association President Muniratna and said the decision was unilateral.

A local court had denied Bail to Darshan and also declined to take cognisance of the plea by Vijayalakshmi on withdrawing the case stating that she had been giving contradictory statements.

Nikita, who had acted in over 30 films and had recently turned a Film Producer, pleaded innocence and claimed she had no role in the quarrel between Darshan and his wife. She had acted opposite to Darshan in some films. A beaming Nikita thanked all those who supported her and vocied protest against the ban ”for an act which I am not even aware or responsible for.

Film Producers say sorry to Nikitha, lift ban

In a volt face, the Karnataka Film Producers’ Association (KFPA) today revoked the three year ban earlier imposed on multi-lingual actor Nikitha Tukhral.

The Association had banned the upcoming actor after she was accused of triggering a storm in the family of Kannada star Darshan by having a romantic relationship with the married man. KFPA took the extreme decision accusing Nikitha of spoiling the ‘domestic harmony’ of the actor’s family.

The decision had been slammed by noted actors, woman activists and even some producers who had demanded immediate lifting on the ‘ridiculous’ act. However, Nikitha had flatly denied it and said the relationship was professional and she was in no way responsible for the Darshan’s family problems and said she was not given a chance to put across her explanation and the decision was unjust.

Darshan was arrested by the city police on September 5. After his wife Vijayalakshmi filed a police complaint that he, in a tipsy state, had beat her up and threatened to kill her with a revolver. However, she relented later following pressure from the producers who had invested in Darshan starrers under production and told a court that she sustained injuries due to a fall in bathroom.

The local court, had remanded the actor to 14 day judicial custody. Today the KFPA President Maniratna told reporters that the ban was a wrong decision on part of the association and it had decided to lift the ban with immediate effect. Meanwhile, actor Darshan, applied for bail yesterday but the hearing of the case has been postponed till Sep 19, when his judicial remand ends. Currently the actor is admitted to a hospital for treatment of suspected jaundice and asthma.

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  1. Ayyampettai Arivudainambi Kaliyaperumal Chandran says

    Nikita’s statement on the ban

    “I am happy and I am relieved over the decision. I thank all the film industry personalities, fans and media all over the country who had stood by me in the moment of crisis,” says Nikita, reacting to the lifting of ban on her by the Kannada Film Producers Association.

    “There should be no ban in the Kannada film industry. It is not good for an actor’s reputation and psychology,” Nikita told reporters on Thursday, on the ban imposed on her following allegations leveled at her by actor Darshan’s wife.

    Earlier on Wednesday, the actress has issued a media statement where she said: “I am not somebody who wants publicity from injustice done to me. What my family, friends and fans what they think about me really matters.”

    “Everybody knows that what happened is grave injustice to one and all by banning me for an act which I am not even aware or responsible for, I would not like to justify myself because the truth is apparent.”

    “I am really hurt by the entire situation and I would not like to comment any further. I thank at this point everyone that has stood by me especially my fans, artists, and my industry which has always been family to me, thank you,” read her statement.

  2. Shawn says

    Nikita denies affair with Sandalwoods Darshan

    Remember Nikita who starred in films like ‘Kurumbu’, Chatrapathi and disappeared from Tamil films? After a long gap, she is currently acting in Cheran-Prasanna starrer Muran. The actress has steadfastly denied that she had any ‘affair’ going with popular Kannada actor Darshan. Incidentally, her denial of the so-called ‘affair’ comes a day after Darshan was arrested by the Bangalore Police on charges of assaulting and injuring his wife Vijayalakshmi.

    “I am pained by all those rumours which appear in the press linking me with Darshan; there isn’t an iota of truth in them,” Nikita told presspersons. Darshan reportedly assaulted his wife physically before stabbing her more than once which led to her getting seriously injured and landing up in hospital for further treatment. Darshan and his wife are not on talking terms and their child is staying with Vijayalakshmi.

    The Kannada press said that Vijayalakshmi was doubtful that her husband’s affair with his colleague Nikita might have been the reason for his assault on her. Nikita addressed the issue when he spoke to newsmen recently. “I’m just a friend and a co-star of Darshan. There is nothing more or nothing less to our relationship which is just a professional one.

    “I’m already under severe depression after losing my father recently. I have problems aplenty to address both on the family and professional fronts. Rumours of such affairs are the least I wanted to face at this juncture,” said Nikita. Meanwhile, it is said that Darshan’s wife has withdrawn her complaint to the police.

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