Silence from Kannada Film Industry Following Actor Darshan’s Arrest; Divya Spandana and Sanjana Galrani Speak Out

Three days after actor Darshan’s arrest, the Kannada film fraternity remains largely silent, with few public reactions either condemning or supporting the star. Amid this silence, actor-producer-politician Divya Spandana, also known as Ramya, has taken a firm stance, calling Darshan a “habitual offender.”

In a recent television interview, Spandana claimed that Darshan’s influence is overrated. “He might have had clout in the past, but I don’t think he does anymore. For instance, he campaigned for several candidates in the last election, and all of them lost. The hype surrounding him is exaggerated,” she stated. Spandana also noted that Darshan is notorious for having “rowdy elements” among his fans, which garners undue attention.

Spandana had previously posted on social media, praising the Karnataka police for their investigation and arrest of Darshan. “Great job by @DCPWestBCP S Girish, ACP Chandan Kumar & their team for the fearless investigation & arresting this habitual offender @dasadarshan who is the conspirator for the murder. No one is above the law,” she wrote.

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In contrast, actor Sanjana Galrani has voiced her support for Darshan, emphasizing that he is only an accused, not a proven culprit.

In a YouTube interview, Galrani expressed shock at his arrest, calling June 12 “a black day” for the Kannada film industry. She referred to Darshan as a box office king and expressed her belief in his innocence, urging the public not to speculate and to let the law take its course.

Galrani herself was arrested by Karnataka police’s Central Crime Branch on September 8, 2020, in connection with a drug racket investigation involving the Kannada film industry. She was granted bail after three months in prison.

Meanwhile, some netizens are criticizing the Kannada Film Chamber of Commerce (KFCC) for stating that they “cannot ban” Darshan.

They pointed out that in 2011 when Darshan was arrested on charges of domestic violence, his co-star Nikita Thukral was promptly banned by the Kannada Film Producers’ Association for allegedly having an affair with him. Thukral had denied the allegations and the ban was later lifted after she apologized.

The disparity in the industry’s response to the two incidents has sparked a debate on social media about fairness and double standards in the Kannada film industry.

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