RIP Dara Singh: Life of a legend
Dara Singh will remain in every heart as the great Hanuman ji, who helped Lord Rama rescue Sita from Ravana. Who can forget the role of Hanuman he played in Ramanand Sagar’s TV series ‘Ramayana’? 84-year-old Singh was born in a Jat Sikh family on 19 November 1928 in a village in Punjab. Let's take a closer look into his life and achievements:
It was his massive physique that took him into wrestling. People around him encouraged him to learn pehalwani. He started spending most of his time in akharas. Soon, he became a favourite and popular wrestler in India and began participating in tournaments. He then stepped out of India and defeated professional wrestlers in the US.
In 1947, he beat Tarlok Singh in Kuala Lumpur to become the champion of Malaysia. The legend said goodbye to professional wrestling in 1983.
Singh debuted in the Hindi film industry in 1962. It is said that the legendary personality started the trend of taking the shirt off onscreen.
The actor, director and producer played lead roles in numerous Hindi films. The actor worked opposite Mumtaz in 16 movies.
He also acted in the superhit Bollywood film Jab We Met and in the National Award winner Main Maa Punjab Dee.
He played the role of Hanuman in the television series Ramayana in the 1990s. His performance looked so real that people till today visualize him as the real Lord Hanuman.
The Bhartiya Janata Party nominated him as the member of Rajya Sabha during August 200 - August 2009.
Singh was an owner of Dara Studio located at Mohali in Punjab. It was founded in 1978.
The last moments:
Dara Singh was admitted to the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital on July 7, 2012 after he suffered a cardiac arrest. The legendry actor passed away on July 11 2012 at his residence in Mumbai.
He directed films like Unkhilli Muttiar, Rustom, Bhakti Mein Shakti, Mera Desh Mera Dharam (1973), Nanak Dukhiya Sub Sansar.
As an actor he contributed to the Indian Film Industry by playing roles in movies like Jab We Met, Kya Hoga Nimmo Ka, Kal Ho Naa Ho, Farz, Dulhan Hum Le Jayenge, Dillagi, Zulmi, Guru Gobind Singh, Qahar, Lav Kush, Hanuman, Ram Shastra, Anmol, Prem Deewane, Aan Aur Shaan, Dharam Karam, Mera Naam Joker and many more.