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Updated: September 12, 2011 02:03 IST

Nikita banned from Kannada films for three years

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Nikita Thukral
Nikita Thukral

‘Give me proof, and I'll walk out myself'

The Darshan-Vijayalakshmi case took another curious turn, with the Kannada Film Producers' Association (KFPA) turning its ire on model-turned-actor Nikita Thukral, for allegedly “creating disharmony in Mr. Darshan's family.”

For this, she has been banned from acting in Kannada movies for three years, while Mr. Darshan, the perpetrator of the violence against his wife, appears to have been let off the hook by the producers' forum.

The KFPA, after an emergency meeting here on Sunday, imposed the ban on the multilingual actor. According to KFPA sources, association president Munirathna announced the decision.

“We felt that Ms. Nikita was responsible for creating a big storm in Mr. Darshan's family life,” actor-producer Rockline Venkatesh told The Hindu.

“A stringent initiative is needed against her. Thus, the KFPA decided that none of the producers should sign her up for three years,” Mr. Venkatesh added.

Mr. Darshan's wife, Vijayalakshmi, had named Ms. Nikitha in her police complaint against her husband, which she later withdrew in front of the metropolitan magistrate.

Meanwhile, Ms. Nikita, who is based in Andhra Pradesh, has slammed the producers' association's decision. “The KFPA should give me proof about an affair with Mr. Darshan. I will voluntarily walk out of the Kannada film industry,” a furious Ms. Nikita told presspersons.

Ms. Nikita has acted in ‘Vamshi,' ‘Nariya Seere Kadda,' ‘Prince,' ‘Sangolli Rayanna' and ‘Yodha' in Kannada. She has also acted in several Telugu and Tamil movies.

How can she be blamed for some punishable act of the big buddie Darshan. Even if she is there to provide him the alternate place of solace, but the henious crime of doing wrong with the wife rests entirely on Darshan. She is otherwise from North and has all rights to pursue her career sincerely. The entire community and people are with the upcoming star.

from:  yogesh
Posted on: Apr 11, 2012 at 11:50 IST

If someone is to blame, it is the man who cheats on his wife, then beats his wife and then gets his lover banned. Well done KPFA and Mr. Darshan, you are either naive or stupid or both.

from:  Guri
Posted on: Sep 14, 2011 at 15:28 IST

How can they ban only Nikitha.. If dharshan and nikitha got illegal affair also it is a mistake of both of us not only Nikitha.. If KPFA has to show sympathy on Dharshan wife.. let them show it personally. If they want ban let them ban both of them not only her.

from:  Spoorthi Gowda
Posted on: Sep 14, 2011 at 10:35 IST

Worst case of male chauvnism. It is alleged Darshan burnt his wife with cigarette butts. And Nikita gets the ban? Wow.

from:  Divya
Posted on: Sep 13, 2011 at 14:36 IST

Do these guys actually have the jurisdiction to do so and is it right to penalise the actress what about mr.Darshan.It was supposed to be his domestic problem which has started all this. Why is he not being spoken about ? Why has the actress not been given an opportunity to explain her version.

from:  Krishnan
Posted on: Sep 13, 2011 at 13:25 IST

What a shame!!! Its Darshan's fame and name that he acquired through acting in films produced by the members of KPFA making girls to go behind him. Ultimate culprit is KPFA. In my opinion, KPFA should be banned for 3 years not to shoot any movie. They are making one female artist a scapegoat in the whole story. Who asked Darshan to start an affair with this poor artist.

from:  Pavan
Posted on: Sep 13, 2011 at 11:36 IST

This is ridiculous,Even Darshan should banned for 5yrs.Realy shame on kannada industry.

from:  Priyaritu
Posted on: Sep 13, 2011 at 10:38 IST

Does this story deserve the front page link in thehindu.com? From when does The Hindu's standard stooped to such low level?

from:  Kiruthika
Posted on: Sep 13, 2011 at 08:29 IST

Actor Beats his wife and someone else gets punished. Ridiculous. Shame on KPFA.

from:  Deepak
Posted on: Sep 13, 2011 at 08:13 IST

Ridiculous! She better boycott the Kannada film industry even if the ban is lifted!

from:  Hari
Posted on: Sep 12, 2011 at 23:17 IST

Ban 'KPFA'. They are monopolistic and can be booked under unfair trade practices. Disallow their blanket ban on the number of movies of other languages that can be shown in Karnataka. Once they act professionally and prove their sustainability, professionalism will start showing in their behavior too.

from:  Prashant
Posted on: Sep 12, 2011 at 21:47 IST

oh shame on KPFA...what is this.? you r not the people beyond court rules..and what is the decision u took about Darshan???

from:  Shankar
Posted on: Sep 12, 2011 at 17:20 IST

who has given the authority to KFPA to decide whether she should be banned or not. This type of ridiculous decisions harm kannada film industry name across the country. Shame on you!!

from:  sudhir
Posted on: Sep 12, 2011 at 16:50 IST

kannada film industry has taken a right decision.

from:  rajeev gowda
Posted on: Sep 12, 2011 at 16:47 IST

It is good that this issue has come to light -- in many cases, this is how women get treated at the ground level.

from:  Yashwanth P
Posted on: Sep 12, 2011 at 16:43 IST

Are we in 2011? I thought Darshan and nikita were adults. If they were in a relationship it is for Darshan and nikita to come clean. This whole incident makes Darshan look like a puppet!! For heaven's sake, what has film producer's council have anything to do here and why did Darshan get the clean chit..Though this matter is not worth anything it still puzzles me

from:  Ganesh
Posted on: Sep 12, 2011 at 16:16 IST

What else can one expect from these protectionist hooligans?
As if the KFPA is some sort of upholder of moral authority. Dig into their lives and you will find nothing but decrepit politics and a vacuum of any human values. And it's laughable what these guys pay [female] artistes anyway. So this ban is going to affect her the least even if they succeed in bringing it on.
If anything, Nikita should voluntarily leave this dreaded and wasted segment of our film industry that is totally devoid of any creativity or originality. Her career can only see an upward turn from there onwards. She should sue the KFPA. They should be taught a lesson!
And these wastrels have hardly produced much original cinema, worth anyone's time in decades, anyway.

from:  Srikanth
Posted on: Sep 12, 2011 at 16:09 IST

Moral policing taken to new levels! Really really sad state of affairs.

from:  Anand
Posted on: Sep 12, 2011 at 15:17 IST

It's a shameful act. who is the "KPFA" to make a judgement about the fate of the actress's career. It's similar to "Khap Panchyat" making the decision on the basis of morality which is a very much relative term. After all, It's her personal life and by the way, on what basis the actor was acquitted by this "KPFA".

from:  Ashutosh
Posted on: Sep 12, 2011 at 15:10 IST

Which Supreme Court is KFPA to take such a decision. There are a lot of issues with film actors and actress involving their families ending up in breaking ups, divorces etc. But no film organisation has taken action till now in those cases.
KFPA took this decision since she was a woman, will they take the same action against any other male superstar involving in illegal practices.

from:  Anu
Posted on: Sep 12, 2011 at 14:49 IST

KFPA is not court to give judgements and punishments. This is outright illegal and outrageous. Creating disharmony in someone's family is not an offence, further more, if there exists an affair between Nikita and Darshan, Darshan is equally responsible for it, why is he not banned from industry?

from:  Amit
Posted on: Sep 12, 2011 at 14:37 IST

This is nothing but stupidity.

from:  jay
Posted on: Sep 12, 2011 at 13:52 IST

Is Darshan a saint in this entire episode. Why is he left off? Shame on KPFA.

from:  DK
Posted on: Sep 12, 2011 at 12:53 IST

disgusting.... the actress should sue these fellows... Who gave them the authority to decide she was guilty...and why is the guy not punished...?

from:  shashi
Posted on: Sep 12, 2011 at 12:53 IST

This is utter nonsense

from:  hariharan
Posted on: Sep 12, 2011 at 11:39 IST

This is completely hideous! Hope she goes on to make a mark in Telugu films, or even Bollywood, and then gets chased by KFPA to sign their films.

from:  Anushree
Posted on: Sep 12, 2011 at 11:34 IST

If banning is justified (which looks so much like taliban law), why not ban Darshan as well ? Hypocrites.

from:  Shivraj Kumar
Posted on: Sep 12, 2011 at 11:30 IST

Display of maturity by the Kannada film bosses.

from:  Hilary Pais
Posted on: Sep 12, 2011 at 11:24 IST

Nikita should sue the KPFA for their actions. They are rallying to protect the actor who beat his wife (in front of the toddler son, no less), is now lying in a hospital supposedly with multiple illnesses (yes, drinking can do that to you) and instead, they are 'banning' an actress? Nice... the Kannada film industry has been in a downward spiral for decades now, and we can see why. It is run by irrational, uncouth and uncultured men who will come on a TV channel and announce that it is ok to beat one's wife because 'these things are natural'.
Good going Ambareesh.

from:  lrao
Posted on: Sep 12, 2011 at 11:06 IST

A sad day for Kannada industry. I being a Kannadiga am really feeling bad for the way the KPFA has taken its decision based on just feelings! It is true nobody knows the truth whether there was an affair amongst these actors, but this definitely sends a wrong signal to thousands of aspirants who want to make it into the film industry.

from:  bharath
Posted on: Sep 12, 2011 at 10:29 IST

This is the most immature and bizarre kind of decision making I have come across from any film related association, ever! What does the KFPA have to do with the personal matters of an individual, and what kind of punishment is this being meted out to another individual based on some kind of moral standpoint that has no legal bearing whatsoever? "Creating a big storm in someone's life"? Under what section of Indian law is that unacceptable? This is nothing but moral goondaism from the KFPA. Any thoughts to the contrary would be very interesting to hear.

from:  B S Kumar
Posted on: Sep 12, 2011 at 10:13 IST

This decision to ban an actress (Ms. Nikita) and a woman from performing in Cinema for the crime of a man who beat his wife smacks of unbridled and psychotic male chauvinism and should be condemned. The actress had nothing to do with the man's crime of beating his wife and the male actor who beat his wife has been left off the hook! This is shameless misogyny and male chauvinism! Ms. Nikita should sue the Kannada Film Producers' Association for compensation and damages for this grave and gross violation of her human rights.

from:  iniyan
Posted on: Sep 12, 2011 at 09:54 IST

Not unusual. The woman gets the stick.

from:  Hilary Pais
Posted on: Sep 12, 2011 at 09:10 IST

This is ridiculous!

Banning an actress for “creating disharmony in Mr. Darshan's family”!!?!

hillarious!

Even if banning is justified, what about Mr Darshan?!

from:  vineet
Posted on: Sep 12, 2011 at 08:44 IST

This is an act of vigilantism by the Kannada Film Producers' Association. Both are repugnant and illegal at the same time. While no one can condone domestic violence of the kind allegedly perpetrated by Mr Darshan, the State of Karnataka needs to tackle this misbehavior by the KSPA head on. An adult woman is being hounded for a possible relationship that she has with a consenting adult. No one other than those involved, namely Ms Thukral, Mr Darshan and his wife Mrs Vijayalakshmi have any role to play in this affair. Groups like the KFPA should not be allowed to destroy Ms Thukral's livelihood and to defame in a civilized society. Hopefully, this Talibanist behavior will be nipped in the bud before it becomes the norm.

from:  Mehul Kamdar
Posted on: Sep 12, 2011 at 07:43 IST

The kfpa has taken the right decision in the matter to project values and harmony in married in life. Such moves will pass on the right message to all connected with the film industry and will enthuse talented actresses to enter the film line and exhibit their talents in life.

from:  C.p.Chandra das
Posted on: Sep 12, 2011 at 06:43 IST

This is ridiculous. There is no difference between the Kaap Panchayat and the KFPA. Right to livelihood is a fundamental right which cannot be taken away even by the courts of law. Who is KFPA to do this. This shows that the rule of law is becoming non-existent in India, even in developed states like Bangalore. The courts and the governments should intervene and should put an end to this matter, where extra-judicial authorities start acting like courts.

from:  s s subramanain
Posted on: Sep 12, 2011 at 04:04 IST

KFPA's action of banning actor Nikita is not only unfair and unjust but also totally ridiculous. Have they forgotten the adage that "It takes two to tango"? Why Darshan be let off lightly? Also his wife is stated to have withdrawn her police complaint. Actually the Police should have arrested Darshan for domestic violence which the KFPA is willing to overlook and even condone his violence and adulterous behavior. What utter rubbish and nonsense!
Nikita should file suit against KFPA.

from:  Raj Kumar
Posted on: Sep 12, 2011 at 03:13 IST

What kind of thinking, what kind of sychophancy this is height of groupism , husband has no sense can misbehave with his wife/wife has failed to mantain the peace. if they want they can separate, why to blame another person with whom the husband or wife got involved.
If at all they got involved it is their persnal life. Why should a professional association ban somebody. What a skewed thinking. Is there no sane and bold independent person in that whole body to stand against such skewed biased decission. They are blaming some other person. what has got a prfessional association to do with some one's personal and domestic problem. at the most you at personal level settle the matter. i really feel it disgusting an artist should be able to work as per his/her talent not on personal matter.

from:  Prasant
Posted on: Sep 12, 2011 at 02:53 IST

I do not know the background details. Does it even matter?
This ban from working in the K films, and producers signing on to this ban stinks like high hell. This is the ultimate abuse of the authority. Even the legal system could or should have such a mandate. Someones personal actions outside of professional work cann't result in the professional society excluding that individual from being able to perform. Not unless it is proven.

from:  deepak
Posted on: Sep 12, 2011 at 02:53 IST
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