The Kannada Film Producers' Association (KFPA) has lifted a 3 year ban on actress Nikita Thukral. The ban was imposed on the actor for allegedly having an affair with actor Darshan, who's facing charges of assaulting his wife Vijayalakshmi.
The ban has been reversed after the association faced criticism from the the Kannada film industry. Leading Kannada actors like Puneet Rajkumar, Shivarajkumar and Ramesh Aravind and Tara came out in support for Nikita.
After facing protest from the artists, KFPA decided to lift the ban temporarily on a condition that Nikita pleads her innocence in writing to them. This did not go down well with the artists and they advised Nikita to not do it, though she had agreed to write the letter herself. This delayed the lifting of ban on the actor.
Nikita had said in an official statement yesterday, "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."
Darshan was arrested on September 9 for allegedly torturing and abusing his wife. Though the complaint has now been withdrawn by the wife, police is still investigating the matter.
Nikita and Darshan have worked together in films like Yodha (directed by Om Prakash Rao), Prince (directed by Om Prakash Rao) and Kraanthiveera Sangolli Rayanna (directed by Naganna).