• Monday, 18 February 2019

No ban on Kannada actress Nikita

Bangalore, Sept 15 : The Kannada Film Producers' Association (KFPA) on Thursday lifted the ban imposed on Kannada actor Nikita Thukral, whose alleged affair with co-actor Darshan led to his marital dispute.

The KFPA told media that the ban was lifted after they realized it would be 'wrong' to ban Nikita from acting in films for the next three years.

Leading Kannada actors, including Puneet Rajkumar, Shivarajkumar and Ramesh Aravind and Tara had supported Nikita and pressurized the association to change its decision.

"I am relieved. I am thankful to all my supporters. There should be no ban in the Kannada film industry. It is not good for an actor's reputation and psychology," Nikita told reporters on Thursday.

On Wednesday, the actor has issued a media statement where she said: "I am not somebody who wants publicity from injustice done to me, to me my family, friends and fans what they think about me really matters."

"Everybody knows that what happened is grave injustice to one and all actress by banning me for an act which I am not even aware or responsible for, I would not like to justify myself because the truth is apparent.

"I am really hurt by the entire situation and I would not like to comment any further. I thank at this point everyone that has stood by me especially my fans, artist, and my industry which has always been family to me thank you," read her statement.

On Tuesday, the association had imposed a three-year ban on Nikita, although it took no action against Darshan, who is currently in jail for allegedly assaulting his wife Vijayalaxmi and child.

Soorappa Babu, secretary of the Association, had told reporters: "Everyone is aware of her (Nikita's) alleged role in creating problems for Vijayalakshmi. We do not want heroines who create problems between heroes and their wives."

"We have no problems if she wants to complete the shooting for 'Sangolli Rayanna' but she cannot sign new films. We have already informed our members not to engage her as heroine in their films," said Babu.

Nikita had claimed her innocence and said: "Darshan and I are only good friends. I have a good relation with his wife too. I requested them (Darshan and his wife) to clear these rumours that are affecting my reputation."

"A few people have claimed that I am very close to Darshan. I am not a close friend of any one in Kannada film industry," she said.

The actress said she is suffering from high blood pressure due to these allegations.

"The family doctor has said that rest and sleep are very essential for her at this stage. The past six months have been very stressful for our family as we lost our father. Even as we were trying to come to terms with the loss and console our mother, this news hit us. Nikita is very upset about the whole incident," said her sister Neetu.

On Tuesday, the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) court denied him bail. However, Judge Venkatesh Hulagi said the actor can seek bail in sessions court.

Darshan was arrested by Vijayanagara police on Friday (Sept 9) after his wife Vijayalakshmi filed a complaint accusing him of torturing her and her child.

She said Darshan burnt her face with cigarettes, hit her with slippers, bit her ears in fits of rage and threatened to kill her keeping her at gunpoint.

However, later she took back her complaint saying her injuries were due to a slip at the bathroom.

But she could not stop the police from taking Darshan into custody as her First Information Report (FIR) was already registered by then.

The Sandalwood actor was booked under sections 307 (attempt to murder), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 498A (husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty), 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and section 27 of the arms act.

While Darshan's wife has been hospitalized with her wounds, the actor too got himself admitted to a hospital saying he is suffering from uneasiness, physical strain, acidity, asthma and initial stages of jaundice.

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