Seeking to script a new chapter after being in jail for nearly a month on charge of attempt to murder his wife, leading Kannada actor Darshan Toogudeepa on Sunday apologised to his fans for misconduct as the couple vowed to move forward leaving behind the ‘bitter’ phase.
“Please pardon me. It’s a bitter incident of my life which should not have happened. Darshan will not do it again”, the popular actor said. “I am extremely thankful to my fans who were solidly behind me”.
Darshan’s wife Vijayalakshmi, who appeared with him at a press conference, termed the episode as a “bad phase” and said they want to put it behind and move forward.
Darshan, 34, a leading Kannada cinema hero, was arrested on September 9 after Vijayalakshmi alleged he threatened her with a revolver and assaulted her. He was released on bail on Friday.
“He is a better man, changed person overall,” Vijayalakshmi said and added, “In the heat of the moment, things to happen. After rectifying mistakes, life will be better“.
She said bondage with her husband has actually grown due to the one-month separation. “We want to overcome it and lead a really good life”.
Darshan said film actor Nikita had no role in his estrangement with his wife.
After Darshan was arrested, the Kannada Film Producers Association banned Nikita for three years after her name was linked to the actor in a relationship but revoked it days later following public outrage.
Vijayalakshmi said nobody asked her suggestion before banning Nikita and, so, she does not want to comment on it.
Karnataka High Court, which granted bail to Darshan, has ordered him and his wife, along with his counsel and public prosecutor, to be present in the presiding Judge’s chamber on October 13 to “arrive at a suitable conclusion” through negotiations, if it’s possible, leading to the couple having “harmonious relationship”.