Dara Singh the legendary he man of Hindi films, the much beloved Hanuman of the TV serial Ramayana and the undisputed king of the ring has passed away, leaving his legion of fans mourning. He was blessed with a physique that all of us dream of and so many of us tirelessly work to attain, in gymnasiums throughout our lives.
Dara Singh, 6'2" tall, was born as Deedhar Singh Randhawa, into a Sikh family on November 19,1928, in the village of Dharmuchak in Amritsar Dist. of Punjab. He took to wrestling due to his massive physique and learnt phelwani, the Indian style of wrestling in the akharas. He soon made a name for himself in wrestling. He went from victory to victory, not only in India but the world over. He won the Indian Professional Wrestling Championship n 1953. He won the Commonwealth Wrestling Champioship in 1959. He won the World Wrestling Championship in 1968 by defeating the American Lou Theze.
Dara Singh had fought in 500 professional wrestling fights and remained undefeated, a world record. His fights with King Kong of Australia became legendary. He was crowned as Rustam-e-Hind for his wrestling skills. He retired from wrestling in 1983 as the undisputed king of wrestling. His feat was recognised by being inducted into the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame
Even while he was wtrestling, Dara started acting in films.He acted in 118 movies begining with Sangdil in 1952 and the last one being Jab We Met in 2007. He directed 3 movies and produced 8 movies, one of which Nanak Dukhiya Sab Sansar became very famous in 1970.
He was the original shirt remover in Indian films much before Salman Khan started doing it. He was the original action hero of Hindi movies. He was paired with the actress Mumtaz in 16 movies and they became a hit pair.
In the 1980's and 1990's he started appearing on the small screen in many serials. His role of Hanuman in the immensely popular serial Ramayana made him into a household hero throghout the country.
He won laurels in wrestling, films and TV. He was truly a handsome hero who became very popular for speaking Hindi dialogues in Punjabi accent. He impressed everyone with his appearance in the ad for eggs where his line "Sunday ho ya Monday Roz Khao Ande" became very popular.
The Govt gave him recognition by nominating him to the Rajya Sabha from 2003 to 2009.
This wrestler,actor and a fine human being has gone on his heavenly journey. May his soul rest in peace.