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  • M D Sridhar To Direct Darshan's 50th Film

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    Well known director M D Sridhar will be directing the 50th film of Darshan. The film will start only after Darshan completes his 49th film to be directed by 'Milana' Prakash.

    Earlier, the 50th film of Darshan was supposed to be directed by his brother Dinakar. The film was also titled as 'Sarvantharyami' and Dinkar was waiting for his term to direct the film. He was busy with the pre-production of the film. But now there is a news that Sridhar will be directing the 50th film of Darshan as Dinakar is not thorough with the script.

    The film will be produced by Darshan's friends from Mysore.

  • Majestic Director PN Sathya No More

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    Kannada super hit Majestic movie fame director PN Sathya is no more. Sathya was not well from last few months and was undergoing treatment.

    Sathya was the favourite director for Challenging star Darshan. He has directed five movies of Darshan. For his first movie Majestic in 2002 MG Ramamurthy was the producer and it was a super hit and gave life to Darshan and MG Ramamurthy. His next movies Don, Daasa, Sardaara became super hits. Sathya was not only a director and he was also a actor.

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    Sathya has given hits with Sudeep in Gooli, with Shivarajkumar in Don, Hatrick Hodi Maga, Sugreeva Prajwal Devaraj in Kencha. 

    Satya who worked as an associate for many directors turned independent director with 'Majestic'. The film was a huge hit and after that Satya went on to direct films like 'Don', 'Dasa', 'Sardara', 'Thangigagi', 'Gooli', 'Hodi Maga' and others. He also acted in many films in negative characters and went on to become a hero through 'Pagal'. After that he directed 'Jedarahalli', 'Shivajinagara' and 'Bangalore Underworld'. His last movie was Mari Tiger starring Vinood Prabhakar.

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    Sathya recently attended 16th anniversary function of Majestic. Chitraloka deeply mourn the death of PN Sathya

  • Making Video Of 'Kurukshetra' Released

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    Darshan's 50th film 'Kurukshetra' which is in the post-production stage is all set to be released in the month of May. Meanwhile, the making video of the film was released during the inauguration of the Innovative Film Festival in Bidadi,

    'Kurukshetra' is based on the Mahabharatha and Darshan has played the role of Duryodhana, while Ravichandran is seen in the role of Krishna in this film. Apart from that Ambarish, Srinivasamurthy, Nikhil Kumar, Shashikumar, Sonu Sood, Ravishankar, Srinath, Haripriya and others are play prominent roles in the film. 

    The film is being produced by Muniratra. Senior director Naganna who had directed 'Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna' is directing the film.

  • Matte Udbhava Trailer Released by Challenging Star Darshan

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    Renowned filmmaker Kodlu Ramakrishna who returns or rather re-surfaces with his latest version to his classic hit Udbhava, titled 'Matte Udbhava', is releasing on February 7. 

    Challenging Star Darshan has released the trailer of the movie, which is being widely appreciated by the audience on various social media platforms. Picking it up from where Udbhava left, the latest - Matte Udbhava features Rangayana Raghu in the lead, which in the first version was portrayed by Anant Nag. 

    Milana Nagaraj, and Pramod of Premier Padmini are paired in this one. Pramod says that his character is different from that of Premier Padmini, as he is a lot smarter and not the innocent one from his debut venture. V Manohar has composed the music.

    Made under White Panthers, the film is produced by Nithyananda Bhat, Satya, Mahesh Mudghal and Rajesh.

  • Media Persons Boycott Jaggu Dada Launch

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    Media persons particularly from Kannada news channels on Monday boycotted the launch of Darshan starrer 'Jaggu Dada' being directed by Raghavendra Hegde. The channels decision to boycott the launch of Darshan's new film is however, Darshan's behaviour. On Sunday night, many news channels had gathered near Darshan's house for the coverage of his birthday. At the same time, fans of Darshan had gathered in huge numbers to wish their favourite star on his birthday. Just when everything was right, some of the fans attacked a news channel's crew who had gone to cover the birthday celebrations of the actor. They not only smashed the camera, but also damaged the OB van of ETV news.

    The news reporters however tried to contact Darshan, but their efforts went in vain as Darshan did not meet them as he was busy celebrating with his fans. When brought in to the notice on Monday morning, Darshan said that the news about his fans attacking the channel crew didn't come to his notice. Darshan even said that his fans might not have done like that.

    So, all the channels who very much upset about Darshan's remarks and behaviour decided to boycott the film's muhurath. So, 'Jaggu Dada' was launched without the presence of many news channels. How will Darshan react to this is yet to be seen in the coming days?

  • Meghana Raj Joins Kurukshetra

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    Actress Meghana Raj has joined the sets of 'Kurukshetra' and will be playing the role of Duryodhana's wife Banumathi in the film.

    Earlier, it was said that Malayalam actress Ramya Nambeesan was roped in to play the role of Duryodhana's wife Bhanumathi. However, Ramya has been replaced by Meghana Taj due to various reasons.

    'Kurukshetra' is based on the Mahabharatha and Darshan will be playing the role of Duryodhana, while Ravichandran is seen in the role of Krishna in this film. Apart from that Nikhil Kumar, Shashikumar, Sonu Sood, Ravishankar, Srinath, Haripriya and others are playing prominent roles in the film. The film is being produced by Muniratra. Senior director Naganna who had directed 'Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna' is directing the film.

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  • MG Ramamurthy Reveals Majestic Secret 

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    MG Ramamurthy the producer of Majestic that launched Darshan as the lead actor has revealed about how the actor was chosen. In the ongoing controversy about Darshan challenging Sudeep's version of who suggested him for the film, Ramamurthy has cleard the air.

    Speaking to Chitraloka Ramamurthy said that Sudeep did not suggest the name of Darshan for the film. Our film director PN Sathya had contacted sudeep and had told him the story which sudeep did not do it. We were searching of a suitable hero for the subject. 

    The name of Darshan for the lead role in the film was suggested by Anaji Nagaraj who was then a cinematographer and also by Suresh Gowdru. We have done so many preaameets during Majestic movie. If it was true we would have told that there itself. We don't know why these type of news comes now after 15 years. This is no healthy for our industry. I will continue to make films with Darshan. It was my first film and Darshan was the best actor for Majestic. 

    I am clear that Sudeep did not suggest Darshan's name for the film. It was Anaji Nagaraj," he said. 

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  • MG Ramamurthy To Produce Darshan 51st Film

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    Darshan starrer D Company which is being produced by M G Ramamurthy is likely to be the 51st film of the Challenging Star. Right now Darshan is acting in Chakravarthy which is his 48th film, after which he will move on to his 49th film being produced by Dushyanth and directed by 'Milana' Prakash. As announced earlier, the 50th film of Darshan will be 'Sarvantaryami'. After that Darshan will be taking up 'D Company'. It may take a couple of years to complete the pending projects and start 'D Company'. Regarding MGR movie Darshan told the news to media persons during Jaggu Dada success pressmeet.

    It was M G Ramamurthy who produced Darshan's debut film as a hero 'Majestic'. However, off late M G Ramamurthy is away from production due to various reasons and now he is the secretary of KFCC.

    Now Ramamurthy is all set to produce 'D Company' for Darshan. Bhojaraja Rai is the co-producer of the film. More details about the film are awaited.

  • Milana Prakash's Film With Darshan Titled Tarak

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    'Milana' Prakash's new film with 'Challenging Star' Darshan is all set to start from the 01st of March and the film has been titled as 'Tarak'.

    'Tarak' was launched few days back. However, the film was not only titled and the shooting had not started because Darshan was busy with 'Chakravarthy'. Now that 'Chakravarthy' is in the post-production stage and Darshan is almost free except for a couple of days dubbing, Darshan's work is concluded. So, 'Milana' Prakash plans to start the film from the 01st of March.

    'Tarak' is being produced by Dushyanth who earlier produced 'Monalisa', 'Sri' and 'Milana'. Shruthi Hariharan and Rashmika will be playing the female leads opposite Darshan. A V Krishnakumar is the cinematographer, while Arjun Janya is the music composer of this film.

  • Mr Airavatha Album is Trendy

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    Currently V Harikrishna may be the biggest and most popular composer in Sandalwood. But just a few years ago, he was known as the composer for Darshan's films. And not surprisingly their combination never failed. There would be  at least two or three good songs in every album. 

    Their latest film together Mr Airavatha has for songs in the jukebox. The first is the title song written by director AP Arjun. It is a typical hero worshipping song where Darshan's on screen image is praised as his personal achievements. This is the typical hero introduction song we find in commercial masala movies. It is for the fans of Darshan and will no doubt please them. Ranjith, Santhosh Venky, Chintan Vikas and Shashank Sheshagiri have sung this song.

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    The second song There Was A Ajji is a boy-teasing-girl song. No prizes for guessing Yogaraj Bhat as the lyricist. It is once again very typical of Bhat to come up with very different kinds of expressions while writing about very normal incidents. Hemanth has sung this song which should please youngsters.

    Ka Talakattu is a peppy number and Indu Nagaraj shines. In an imaginative way Yograj Bhat has made the kaagunita as lyrics. Harikrishna too gives his voice for this song. The song looks like it will top the charts sooner or later.

    The last song is written by Arm in and sung by Shashank Seshagiri and S Sunitha. This song is also experimental with its lyrics. Much of it is in reported speech as if in a conversation. Harikrishna has given it a very good musical touch.

    Overall this album is typical of what you expect from a Darshan film. It should please his fans and nothing looks out of place. The songs are set to boost the film.

  • Mr Airavatha Collects Rs 14 Crore in 4 days - Exclusive

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    Darshan's new film Mr Airavatha has collected Rs 14 crore in ticket sales in the first four days of its release last Thursday. The film released in a record 305 theatres. This helped in the record collections. But this large number of theatres is proving a problem for the film in weekdays. Movie is produced by Sandesh Nagaraj,

    The collection naturally saw a dip in the weekdays. How the film fares in the second weekend will determine if it will become an all-time hit. As of now it has taken the biggest opening and Darshan and the film is thrilled.

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  • Munirathna Kurukshetra Review: An Epic Visual Spectacle 4/5*

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    It cannot get any bigger as India's first-ever mythological epic in 3D marks the 50th film of Challenging Star Darshan. He simply roars with his career best, portraying 'Dhuryodhana' in producer Munirathna's version of Kurukshetra.

    The magnum opus has managed to turn one of the most talked-about mythological tale into a spectacular experience with some of the best actors and technicians at work.

    Presenting the epic drama in digital avatar is the biggest take away for the entire team of Kurukshetra right from the producer Munirathna who realised his 'dream into a reality' and then followed by a bunch of extremely talented cast and crew.

    While the movie depicts the most important phase of Mahabharata from the point of view of Dhuryodhana, the rest of the crucial roles is also dealt carefully without doing injustice to them. 

    The crux of it being the battle of ideologies of justice versus injustice, is showcased in a well balanced act by the director Naganna.

    Insofar as the multi-star cast, it is undoubtedly Darshan who leads the show with a majestic performance which will be remembered for a longtime as a personal milestone in his career. After Darshan, the list gets bigger with everyone chipping in with their career best, be it crazy star as Lord Krishna or Arjun Sarja as Karna and most of all the rebel star Ambareesh as Bheeshma Pitamaha. And, not to forget, Ravishankar as the cunningly intelligent Shakuni  The youngest of them all, Nikhil Kumaraswamy as Abhimanyu is impressive with a fair amount of screen presence in the second half. It's a fully loaded epic battle which emerges victorious in terms of expectations it carried ever since it was launched on a big scale.

    Whereas the technical aspects are concerned, the digital output of it are satisfactory which in fact elevates the 3D experience for the audience. The script churned out of Gadha Yuddha from the epic writer Ranna is supported with apt dialogues while keeping in mind the understanding of the present generation audience along with the couple of 'beautifully' songs making it look grandeur before the war of war starts rolling. Both Meghana Raj and Hariprriya shine bright dancing to the classical tunes along with Darshan in between.

    It's an epic treat for the fans of mythology packed with several surprises. Dhuryodhana might lose the war but goes on to win the hearts of many. Kudos to Munirathna and his entire team for turning an epic dream into reality and more importantly, presenting it in digital 3D avatar. Do not miss the epic action in full force at a theatre near you, be it 3D or 2D, it will definitely leave you amazed in the end serving justice to all the expectations.

     

  • Muniratna's Kurukshetra Launched

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    Darshan's 50th film 'Muniratna Kurukshetra' was launched on Sunday evening at the at the Prabhakar Kore Convention Hall in Yeshwanthapur in Bangalore.

    Chief Minister Siddaramaiah came over as the chief guest and launched the film. Darshan, Ravichandran, Ravishankar, Shashikumar, Nikhil Kumar and others were present at the occasion.

    The film is being produced by Karnataka Film Producers Association president and well known producer Muniratra. Senior director Naganna who had directed 'Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna' is directing the film. 'Muniratna Kurukshetra' is based on the Mahabharatha and Darshan will be playing the role of Duryodhana, while Ravichandran is seen in the role of Krishna in this film.

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  • Nikhil Kumaraswamy Dubs For Muniratna 'Kurukshetra'

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    Actor Nikhil Kumaraswamy Dubs for Kurukshetra Today. The Actor Plays the role of Fierce warrior Abhimanyu in the Mythological Period Drama. 

    So far the Trailers looks promising and gained much appreciation from the audience. The film which was supposed to release on the 02nd of August has been postponed and now the film will be releasing on the Varamahalakshmi festival.

    'Kurukshetra' is based on the Mahabharatha and Darshan has played the role of Duryodhana, Ambarish, Ravichandran, Srinivasamurthy, Nikhil Kumar, Shashikumar, Sonu Sood, Ravishankar, Srinath, Haripriya and others are play prominent roles in the film. Naganna is the director.

     

  • No Rivalry Between Me And Darshan, Says Nikhil

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    Actor Nikhil, son of former Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy has said that there is no rivalry between him and actor Darshan and everything is fine between them.

    Speaking during the dubbing of his latest film 'Kurukshetra', 'Darrshan is a big star and I am happy to work with him in his 50th film. But I did not have much scenes to act with him. So, I couldn't spend much time with him. Otherwise, we are good friends' said Nikhil.

    On the accusation about his role being lengthy, 'The accusation about my role being unnecessarily dragged is far from truth. Everyone in the film has their own space and even I have my own space. I play the role of Abhimanyu and his prominence in the Kurukshetra war is more' said Nikhil,

    Reacting to a question about delaying the dubbing process, the actor said he could not dub for his role because of his prior commitments and his stint in politics. 'As I was busy, I could not concentrate on the film. Now I have made some free time and has come for the dubbing of the film' said Nikhil.

  • Odeya review: Chitraloka Rating 3.5 /5*

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    After delivering back-to-back superhits, Challenging Star returns with another promising entertainer - Odeya, which is jam-packed with all the right amount of action, a die hard fan of commercial entertainment looks for. Insofar as Darshan's fans, it is yet another treat after Yajamana and the mythological blockbuster Kurukshetra.

    Back in his thunderous on-screen avatar of kicking the bad guys with his impeccable fighting skills, presented stylishly and the blistering dialogues as additional punches makes Odeya a pakka paisa vasool experience running for less than three hours of twisted tale of love, brotherhood, family sentiments and the usual action.

    The protagonist, Gajendra is a straightforward man, a likely feature in most of the Darshan's movies, he fights violence with violence to settle disputes and at times helping farmers. A bachelor with a mindset to never marry, for the love for his brothers, changes when he encounters the beautiful girl from his childhood played by Sanah Thimmaiah. 

    The first half is all about pure action and punching dialogues in setting the characteristics of Gajendra followed with a cute love story and that of the escapades of his brothers in getting him fall in love. The course of action shifts when Gajendra discovers a threat upon his girl and her entire family. A touch of sentiment adds value to the action tale as it moves towards the climax.

    Odeya has a huge line of star cast, from Sanah who makes an impressive debut along with the experienced lot starting from Devaraj, Chikkanna, Sharath Lohitashwa, Yeshus Surya, Sadhu Kokila and others 

    The script is perfect and a tailor-made for a typical challenging star movie, which is totally high of what he is known for in a mass masala entertainer which has something for the family audience too. A win win scenario for all kinds of audience, Darshan fans will definitely cherish Odeya with which the victory run of their favourite star actor further continues, a third in a row in a calendar year.

     

  • Odeya trailer on December 01st

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    Darshan starrer 'Odeya' is all set to release on the 12th of December. Meanwhile, the trailer of the film is all set to be released on the 01st of December.

    The songs and the teaser of the film have already been released and now the trailer will be released in the Anand Audio channel of You Tube. Darshan's fans are keenly looking forward for the trailer and a lot of expectations have been pinned on it.

    'Odeya' stars Darshan, Raghavi Thimmaiah, Yadhas Surya, Pankaj, Niranjan and others. The film is directed by M D Sridhar and produced by Sandesh Nagaraj. A V Krishna Kumar is the cinematographer, while Arjun Janya is composing the music, while V Harikrishna is in charge of the background music.

  • Only Kannada and Telugu 'Kurukshetra' on August 9th

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    Darshan starrer 'Kurukshetra' is all set to release on the 09th of August. But the latest news is, only the Kannada and Telugu versions of the film will be released on the Varamahalakshmi festival day.

    Producer Muniratna himself has confirmed that only two versions will be released on the 09th of August. 'The Kannada and Telugu versions of 'Kurukshetra' will be released on the 09th of August. After two weeks Tamil and Malayalam versions will be released, followed by a Hindi version' said Muniratna.

    The film stars Darshan, Arjun Sarja, Ravichandran, Ambarish, Nikhil Kumar, Shashikumar, Sonu Sood, Haripriya, Meghana Raj and others in prominent roles. V Harikrishna is the music director.

  • Panchatantra Beauty Sonal In Roberrt

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    Sonal Monteiro, who shot to fame in 'Panchatantra' directed by renowned filmmaker Yogaraj Bhat, is one of the most sought after actress. She will be seen playing one of the three lead actresses in Tharun Sudhir's Roberrt featuring Challenging Star Darshan.

    The Panchatantra girl reveals that she will be playing an important role in the film while she is all excited about sharing the screen space with Darshan in such a short span of her acting career.

    She says that Darshan sir and Tharun Sudhir made her feel very comfortable at the sets, and that she was never treated like a fresher. Along with Sonal, Asha Bhat and Tejaswini Prakash plays the other two lead actresses. 

    Post Roberrt, Sonal is busy with Banaras, which is being directed by Jayatheertha and then with most anticipated sequels - Gaalipata 2 and Buddhivantha 2.

  • Pon Kumar To Direct Darshan's 51st Film

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    Darshan is currently busy with the shooting of his 50th film 'Kurukshetra' in Hyderabad. Meanwhile, he has given his nod to his 51st film and the film will be launched in the month of October.

    Darshan's 51st will be directed by P Kumar who had earlier directed 'Vishnuvardhana', 'Charulatha' and others. He himself has scripted the film apart from directing it. B Suresh and Shailaja Nag are producing the film.

    V Harikrishna will be composing the songs for the film. Apart from that, nothing has been finalised and more details are awaited.

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