Ever since tainted Kannada actor Darshan was released on bail on October 7, after a month in jail, he has been busy visiting temples and rendering apologies.
Seeking the forgiveness of his fans, he said, "Please forgive me for having hurt your sentiments. There won't be any more mistakes from my side. This was just a bad phase. I share a very cordial relationship with my wife, and I want to forget it."
The actor also noted how this incident made him aware of the large fan base he has. Overwhelmed by their support, he said that he would go on a road show to each district and apologise to his fans for his misbehaviour and thank them for making his recent release Sarathy a success. In fact, the film's collections have risen ever since Darshan was released.
The actor's wife, Vijayalakshmi, who had accused her husband of physically assaulting her, in the police complaint, has done a volte face and now thanks Darshan's fans and the industry for standing by the family.
"Darshan is a changed man. The incident and the one month separation have strengthened our relationship and we are looking at putting behind the mistakes made in the heat of the moment and are moving on," she said.
The couple clarified that they did not have anything to do with the ban that was imposed on actress Nikhita by the producers' association following Darshan's arrest. Vijayalakshmi said that she had not suggested to any industry person that such an action be taken.
Nikitha was banned after Vijayalakshmi, in her police complaint, mentioned her as the reason for the marital discord between Darshan and herself. The ban was later lifted.