Ban on Nikitha lifted; producers 'sorry'

Ban on Nikitha lifted; producers 'sorry'

Ban on Nikitha lifted; producers 'sorry'

The Association’s unilateral ban decision came four days ago after Nikita was named in a complaint filed by Darshan’s wife, Vijayalakshmi.
The lifting of the ban follows considerable pressure exerted by Kannada film industry’s leading family, the Rajkumars, who had opposed the action from the outset. Even as the producers described the ban as a “lesson” for Nikitha, Darshan was arrested for assaulting his wife, leaving the one-sided action open to severe criticism from all quarters.

In a letter, the KFPA apologised for the ban, but did not exactly show remorse for their action. Expressing their support for Vijaylakshmi, the Association said they realised their ‘mistake’ and Nikitha was free to sign any films in Karnataka and they would not utter the word ‘ban’ again.

Nikitha has reportedly expressed her happiness over the fact that justice was done and thanked her supporters. She has consistently denied any association with Darshan off screen.

KFPA president Munirathna said the ban was withdrawn only because of the pressure brought by the Rajkumar family. “It is only on Parvathamma Rajkumar’s words that we withdrew the ban. I did not want to do it, but there was no other choice,” he said.

His opinion was seconded by another producer who did not want to be identified, but expressed his unhappiness. “We believe we did the right thing. We thought we were saving a family. But you cannot resist the clout that is exercised by the Rajkumar family,” the producer said.

Meanwhile, Darshan, who has filed a bail plea in the Sessions Court, is in hospital and is being treated for jaundice and asthma.

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