February 16 may be Darshan's birthday which his fans are eagerly awaiting. But one week before that is the biggest day of Darshan's career. February 8 marks the 16th anniversary of the release of Majestic, the film that launched the career of Darshan in a big way. It was the first film in which Darshan played the lead role. Movie was produced by MG Ramamurthy and directed by PN Sathya.
In 16 years, Darshan has now reached his 50th film Kurukshetra which is releasing shortly. Majestic was produced by MG Ramamurthy and directed by PN Sathya. The film was launched in the end of 2001 and the Ambareesh couple had come to wish Darshan. Muniratna held the clap for the first shot of the film and now he is the producer of Darshan's 50th film.
Majestic was launched on August 20, 2001. From the muharat to the release, it took 172 days of filming, post production, promotion and release. Today after 16 years later, the epic date is 835 weeks past or
1,40,280 hours old. Every week and every hour since then has seen Darshan emerge bigger and more popular.
When the film released on February 8, 2002, it heralded the arrival of a new star in Sandalwood. The film had five songs all written by Dr V Nagendra Prasad. Music was scored by Sadhu Kokila. Along with the film the songs were also a big hit. Darshan's lead debut also had Rekha, Jai Jagadish, Vanitha Vasu and others in the cast. Harish Roy got highlighted as villian from this movie. Darshan hit a century in his very first film. The film was a box office success and also ran for a 100 days establishing him as a bankable star in Sandalwood.
The impact was such that Darshan's three more films in the lead role, Dhruva, Ninagoskara and Kitty released the same year. The next year, 2003, saw nine films of Darshan release. There was no looking back after that. The brand of Darshan was firmly established in his very first film itself. Fans took the tall new actor who was good for action as well as romantic roles.