For Challenging star Darshan's fans, it was a double whammy on Diwali day. First, his recently released movie, 'Taarak' was doing well and to top it, their star was honoured by the British Parliament on October 19. This was touted to be the most prestigious award - some even went on to claim that the star was being honoured with the Global Diversity Award, earlier shared by biggies in Bollywood that include Amithab Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai and Salman Khan.
Social media was abuzz after MP Sharma invited Darshan to the British Parliament for a felicitation, in honour for his work in Kannada movies. His invitation said, "You can share your experience as a leading actor in Kannada film industry with myself and few other guests."
Darshan had tweeted a picture of himself along with his son in London. This was a proud moment for Sandalwood and also his fans.
All set to make it to the Event in London Along with my Son Vineesh 😊 pic.twitter.com/c3LLWheXCj— Darshan Thoogudeepa (@dasadarshan) October 19, 2017
But it turns out that the award that Darshan was honoured with had nothing to do with the United Kingdom Parliament or even the British government. Instead, it was an honour by private individuals on behalf of India-born British Labour Party, MP Veerendra Sharma.
Various Kannada media reports suggested that the event was organised by Karnataka Business Chamber, an NRI group striving to build relations between Karnataka and UK. And the group had asked MP Sharma to write to Darshan and invite him. Besides, it is also alleged that two individuals who claimed to be the members of London Kannadigara Sangha - Manjunath Vishwakarma and Sujit Nair played a key role in the whole event.
It has come to light now that unlike in India, the British Parliament reportedly rents out its halls for private functions on an hourly basis for a fee. And Vishwakarma and Nair reportedly took advantage of it and decided to honour Darshan in House of Commons to make it look like an honour by the British Parliament, suggested reports. Prior to the felicitation, Darshan was taken in a limousine (which is now alleged that was also rented). At the hall, except for MP Veerendra Sharma, there were hardly 20 members in the hall.
Unconfirmed reports said that Manjunath Vishwakarma who has opened a restaurant in London 'Karma Restaurant' wanted a cheap publicity through Darshan in the guise of honouring the Sandalwood star.
This has deeply hurt Darshan's fans, and they are now demanding an answer from the organisers, for misleading the award function as Global Diversity Award. Not just that even the genuine Kannadigas who are based in London are also shocked at this shabby treatment to one of the Sandalwood's most popular star by Nair and Vishwakarma.
As the reports of misleading went viral, London MP Sharma has clarified to Coastaldigest.com that the invitation was issued by me, in a personal capacity after the local community and Kannada diaspora requested to invite Darshan.