Darshan Thoogudeep (Kannada: ದರ್ಶನ ತೂಗುದೀಪ್; born 16 February 1977), mononymously credited as Darshan, is an Indian film actor and film producer who works predominantly in the Kannada film industry. He is often called the Challenging Star by his fans. Son of actor Thoogudeepa Srinivas, Darshan made his lead role film debut in 2001 film, Majestic, and has since then starred in many commercial and critical hit films such as Majestic (2001), Kariya (2003), Namma Preethiya Ramu (2003), Kalasipalya (2005), Gaja (2008), Saarathi (2011), Chingari (2012) Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna (2012) and Bulbul (2013).
After working behind the camera and in small roles, he received his break in Majestic. He is also known for his strong passion for wild animals and owns a private zoo in the far east of Mysore. Because of his consistent performance at box office, he is considered one of the most dependable and bankable stars in the industry.
After much success in his career he made his venture in film production also. He established his own production house “Thoogudeepa productions” in 2006 and its first film was Jothe Jotheyali starring Prem, Ramya and Darshan in a special appearance.