Kannada film association lifts ban on actress Nikita

Bangalore, Sep 15 (IANS) The ban on Kannada actress Nikita Thukral has been revoked by the Kannada Film Producers Association (KFPA) Thursday.

The KFPA had banned her for three years for creating problems in her co-star Darshan's married life.

The KFPA's decision was criticised by women's right activists and the actress, who received support from actors like Shivaraj Kumar, Raghavendra Raj Kumar and Duniya Vijay, was confident that the truth will prevail.

Nikita issued a statement Wednesday night and said that grave injustice has been done to her by imposing a ban on her.

'I am not somebody who wants publicity from injustice done to me...what my family, friends and fans think about me really matters. Everybody knows that what happened is a grave injustice... banning me for an act which I am not even aware of or responsible for,' she said in the statement.

'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 who stood by me, especially my fans, artists, and the industry, which has always been family to me, thank you.'

Nikita's supporters list also includes National Award winning actress Tara and former president of the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce Jayamala, who criticised the KFPA's decision to ban her.

Meanwhile, actor Darshan, who has been arrested for assaulting and threatening his wife Vijayalakshmi, applied for bail Wednesday but the hearing of the case has been postponed till Sep 19.

The actor was sent to 14 days' judicial custody Friday, but after spending a night in Parappana Agrahara jail in east Bangalore he has been shifted to a hospital for treatment of suspected jaundice.