Dara Singh was a legend who made history as Rustam-e-Hind, Hanuman, a member of Parliament and many surprising achievements in the field of wrestling.
Have five children including Vindoo He was the member of parliament from 2003 to 2009 in the Upper House, Rajya Sabha. He was Hindi cinema’s first action and super hero. In fact, the word super hero much more suited him. He die at the age of 83 on July, 12, 2012.
Dara Singh, the veteran actor and wrestler, passed away due to his cardiac arrest at the age of 83 to his Juhu home in Mumbai. Dara Singh experienced severe brain damage following cardiac arrest, admitted to Kokilaben Hospital on July, 7. Since then, the veteran wrester was on dialysis.
Dara Singh born on 19th November 1928 in Amritsar, Punjab. Dara Singh was the master of Pehlwani wrestling.
He was known for his role in King Kong, and Faulad. Due to his intense love in wrestling, Dara Singh won the title of Rustam-e-Hind.
Dara Singh’s Films
Dara Singh entered into film industry in 1950s. Dara Singh’s first film was Sangdil. He appeared in so many films such as Sangdil (1952), King Kong (1962), Faulad (1963), Sikander-E- Azam (1965), Daku Mangal Singh (1966), Balram Shri Krishna (1968), Toofan (1969), Nank Dukhiya Sab Sansar (1970), Mera Naam Joker (1970), Lalkar (1972), Mera Desh Mera Dhram (1973), Warrant (1975), Mard (1985), Kal Ho Na Ho (2003) and Jab We Met (2007).
Dara Singh had also written, directed and produced a Hindi movie “Mera Desh Mera Dharam” and a Punjabi film named “Sawa Lakh Se Ek Ladawn”. He was few of the artists who worked in more or less all types of films whether it be A, B or C grade. In all grade type of films, he maintained his original sanctity-Dara Singh. Mumtaz, the yesteryear heartthrob, was the discovery of Dara Singh, had acted in about 16 films with the actor. Mumtaz sister married with Dara Singh brother.
Imtiaz Ali’s ‘Jab We Meet‘ (2007) was his last film where he played the role of Grandfather of Kareena Kapoor.
Dara Singh worked with Amitabh Bachchan in Mard, the blockbuster of 1985. He played the role of father of Big B in the movie.
He also won the Best Film Award for the film Jagga.
Dara Singh and TV Serials
He worked for 148 films and many famous TV serials. Though, he was a man of national and international fame, yet the serial who become household name and rooted him in the folklore and culture is none other than the character of Hanuman in Ramayana. The character of Hanuman suited his personality for masculinity, strength, power and a sense of obedience and sincerity. In Television serial Ramayana was the memorable role for him. Ramanand Sagar’s 78-episode Ramayana Television take his acting career at the new zenith. A number of artists had essayed the role of Hanuman since then , hardly anyone can be compared with Ramayana Hanuman that came out in 1987. The Ramayana serial was viewed by more than 100 million viewers. When it was aired on Sunday morning, it comes to virtually standstill. He also acted in serials like Mahabharat (1988), Uttar Ramayana (1989) and Kya Hoga Nimmo Ka (2006).
Dara Singh and Wrestling
Dara Singh had achieved wonderful feats in the field of wrestling. The wrestler won the Professional Indian Wrestling Championship in 1953. He defeated George Godianko, a Canadian Champion and won the won the Commonwealth Wrestling Championship in 1959. He had credited with World Wrestling Championship in 1968 by defeating Lou Theza of America. In about 500 fights, he remained unbeaten as professional fighters.
Dara Singh’s Biography
- Name: Dara Singh
- Father’s Name: Surjit Singh
- Mother’s Name: Balwant Kaur
- Birth Place: Dharmuchak village, Amritsar
- Profession: Wrestling, Actor
- Book Published: Meri Atmakatha, 1989
- Best Film Award for Jagga
- Credited with 148 films