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To: Nikita Thukral. From: Kannada producers

15 September 2011

The withdrawal of the “ban” on the actress Nikita Thukral by the Karnataka film producers’ association may appear as if wisdom finally dawned on the moneybags of the Kannada tinsel world after all the scorching criticism that their sexist move attracted across the nation, from the media and from other actors.

Far from it.

Above is the letter from Muniratna Naidu, the producers association president, to the actress who was caught in the civil war in the home of the “Challenged Star”, Darshan. Each sentence drips with sarcasm, showing not the contrition of a group which has seen the light, but one which is convinced of its inherent right to pig-headed arrogance.

Among the other gems in the letter:

“It was our foolishness to impose a ban on such a good girl.”

“We have understood our mistake thanks to several intellectuals.”

“This is a free country, anybody can go anywhere. Who are we to stop them?”

“Henceforth, Nikita can go anywhere, act in any film. We have no objection.”

“The word ‘ban’ has been banned from the Kannada film industry.”

“If there is such a thing as reincarnation, we pray to be born as [Darshan's wife] Vijayalakshmi‘s younger sister.”

Also read: What Darshan’s brutality says about Scandalwood

CHURUMURI POLL: Should Darshan be banned?

Darshan scandal reveals Kannada bias, bigotry’

‘Darshan scandal reveals Kannada bias, bigotry’

14 September 2011

Although films and film stars, especially in the languages, have a huge impact over the masses, the mainstream English media treat it with contempt and disdain. The junior-most reporters are assigned to do reviews; interviews with film folk are fluffy and flippant; the film sections are titillatory, voyeuristic, paid-for.

Little wonder, therefore, most Bangalore newspapers have turned up their noses at the execrable shenanigans of Darshan vis-a-vis his wife. None of them have found it fit to editorially comment on or slam the C-grade antics of the “Challenged Star” or the prevailing male chauvinism in Scandalwood.

In an editorial, the Delhi-based Indian Express takes up cudgels on behalf of Nikita Thukral, “the other woman” in the pati, patni aur woh triangle, who has been banned by the Kannda film producers’ association for her alleged fling with “the towering piece of turd” who beat up his wife, stubbed a burning cigarette, tore her dress, bit her ear, threatened their son, and pulled out his revolver and now lies like a coward in hospital feigning asthma and jaudice:

“Who is the film chamber to judge and condemn for adultery? To dismiss an actress (while denying her the right to speak for herself) on these grounds is a singularly unprofessional and sexist act. Of course, the industry’s entrenched hostility to women is legend — it’s a men’s club, where women are represented by the wives of producers and actors.

“Recently, Kannada actress Ramya caused a furore when she took on the producers’ lobby for underpaying her and calling her temperamental and unprofessional. They tried banning her too, but Ramya relied on social media to put up a spirited defence of herself and upend power relations in the movie business. The ban was finally revoked, and Ramya was paid in full.

“Now, the Nikitha Thukral ban has rallied many in the film industry and outside to protest the patent unfairness of the film chamber’s ways. It has revealed the bias and bigotry of the Kannada film world — worse than many others — but more than that, it’s a reminder of the many ways in which equality at the workplace is whittled down, and the easy reflex of punishing a woman for her imagined transgressions, especially if they involve her sexuality.”

An editorial in the Madras-based New Indian Express:

“Such a blatant bias in favour of the male is astonishing except in the most backward of rural areas. But, when it is exhibited in a profession which is almost always in the limelight because of its quotients of glamour and money, it is suggestive of a mindset which has only limited contacts with the modern world.”

Read the Praja Vani editorial: Exhibition of Arrogance

Also read: What Darshan’s brutality says about Scandalwood

CHURUMURI POLL: Should Darshan be banned?

CHURUMURI POLL: Should Darshan be banned?

12 September 2011

The principles of natural justice in l’affaire Darshan Tugudeep have been turned on their head by the 42-member Karnataka film producers’ association which has unilaterally and unanimously “banned” the actress Nikita Thukral for allegedly having an affair with the “Challenged Star”, thus ruining the domestic bliss in his family, forcing him to get physical with his wife, Vijayalakshmi, and “distracting” him from his ventures.

On what basis the producers’ association came to this conclusion is unclear. Even in Vijayalakshmi’s five-page complaint documenting Darshan’s brutality (since withdrawn), there is only a passing mention of Nikita. Moreover, no opportunity seems to have been given to the multi-lingual actress to defend herself, before ostracising her from the Kannada film industry and thus depriving her of her right to livelihood.

However, the male-dominated Kannada film industry—the actors, the producers, the directors etc—is ducking the real issue, which is Darshan.

Here is a star who, through his actions, has brought disrepute to himself and the Kannada film industry. Here is a star who through his documented brutality on his wife has shown his criminal and violent side. Here is a star who has not hesitated to threaten his infant-son, instigate his fans, feign illness, and duck the long arm of the law.

So, here is a question the mainstream media cannot ask for obvious reasons: should Qaidi No. 9000 alias Darshan be banned from the Kannada film industry for the same three-year period that Nikita Thukral finds herself in the doghouse for his “domestic violence”? And if the film industry cannot muster the courage or the decency to do so, should the media announce a boycott of the star?

Also read: What Darshan’s brutality says about Scandalwood

What Darshan’s brutality says about Scandalwood

11 September 2011


ARVIND SWAMINATHAN writes from San Francisco: There are plenty of things to infuriate a dispassionate news consumer watching India from a distance these days, but as a fully paid-up Kannadiga, nothing had the same effect on my blood pressure last week than a towering piece of turd called Darshan.

The “Challenging Star”, as the clearly challenged star is called by his fawning fans and factotums, was exposed to be a horrific wife-beater, who stubbed a burning cigarette into her throat, pulled her ear ring, showed her his revolver, assaulted her, threatened to kill their son—much of all this in a car moving around Bangalore.

While such testesterone-driven, alcohol-lubricated machismo is India’s most popular non-televised sport, it is the response to Darshan’s arrest following a police complaint filed by his wife, who was hospitalised, that says plenty about the sad direction in which Karnataka as a society and Kannada filmdom, as its most dysfunctional part, are headed.

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First, you had Darshan’s fans, who obviously are blinded by their hero worship to not know the difference between the real and the make-believe.

Far from mocking their “hero” for his seeming inability to deal with domestic strife without pulling out a metaphorical machchu or a laangu, the idiots (including many women) took out processions in support of Darshan in various cities, conducted homas, stoned buses, and demanded that the police release him from detention.

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Then, you had the scum of the Kannada film industry, who, it seems, like to send a “social message” only through their movies, not in the way they conduct themselves in public—or private.

These angels and emissaries rushed in and rushed out of the hospital where Darshan’s wife was under sedation, holding “talks” and “negotiations”, which is shorthand for putting pressure on the wounded woman to kiss her self-respect goodbye and withdraw her brave five-page complaint which showed her abominable husband as a serial offender.

That the poor lady did, feigning a fall in the bathroom.

Obviously, as a big, bankable star, Darshan has a lot of money riding on him and the incident could affect his image, especially for an industry whose heroes and heroines have in recent months been under the scanner for all the wrong reasons. But surely Darshan also has a familial and social responsibility that goes beyond swinging the turnstiles?

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Next, as if in salute to B.S. Yediyurappa who had convinced himself that the world revolved around Lingayat mutts, Bangalore Mirror and Praja Vani report that the Vokkaliga lobby in the film industry—and a Vokkaliga minister in the Sadananda Gowda team—put pressure on the police to water down the charges against Darshan.

And this, although Darshan is only a faux Vokkaliga, belonging originally to the Telugu speaking Balija community.

What does it say about a society that views every action and reaction through the prism of caste, and sees the arrest of a philandering wife-beater not as just desserts but as an attack on their community?

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However, the cake and bakery in this disgraceful episode is taken by the Karnataka film producers’ association which has banned not the philandering wife-beater whose brutality the world has seen, but the “other woman”, who is supposed to have been the source of the strife between the drunken husband and the battered wife.

The male chauvinism of the Kannada film industry, where the casting couch is a permanent prop, has long been established. But whose cause is Scandalwood, as Sandalwood needs to be rechristened, espousing by ignoring a Poriki wife-beater and turning on his co-star Nikita Thukral with whom he was allegedly having an affair?

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Like all modern-day thugs and criminals who discover parts of their bodies they didn’t know existed till they are caught with their pants down, Darshan the “fine actor” that he is, hopped from hospital to hospital before settling on the Rajiv Gandhi institute of chest diseases to treat his asthma-induced chest pain.

Considering his brutality, the film industry’s solidarity, the caste overtones, the film producers’ madness and his fans’ blindness, the challenged star should well and truly have been lodged in the first hospital he checked in: the national institute of mental health and neuro sciences, or NIMHANS as the world knows it.

It would been the perfect advertisement for the state of Kannada filmdom.

Photograph: Actor Darshan‘’s wife Vijayalakshmi leaves the Rajiv Gandhi insitute of chest diseases in Bangalore after visiting her husband, on Sunday (Karnataka Photo News)


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