19 November 1928
Dharmuchak (now Amritsar district), British India
|Died||12 July 2012
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Ironman of Indian cinema
|Years active||1946–1983 (wrestler)
Dara Singh (19 November 1928 – 12 July 2012) was an Indian wrestler-turned-actor. He started acting in 1952 and was the first sportsman to be nominated to the Rajya Sabha (upper house) of India. He worked as Hindi and Punjabi film producer, director and writer, and he acted on film and television.
As an adult he was 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m) tall, weighed 132 kilograms (291 lb) and had a chest measurement of 54 inches (140 cm). Due to his physique, he was encouraged to take up Pehlwani, an Indian style of wrestling. He wrestled by invitation of the kings of Indian princely states and wrestled frequently in haats and melas (fairs and carnivals).
Singh left his village for Singapore in 1948.
His last tournament, where he announced his retirement, was held in Delhi in 1983, inaugurated by Rajiv Gandhi and the winning trophy was presented by Giani Zail Singh. In 1996 he was inducted into the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame.
Films and television
He started his career as an actor in 1952 with Sangdil. He was a stunt film actor for many years and played his first lead role in Babubhai Mistry's film King Kong (1962). From around 1963 he partnered often with Mumtaz. With her he performed in 16 Hindi films and the couple became the highest-paid B-grade actors, with Singh receiving nearly four lakh rupees per film. He then went on to do television in the late 1980s, where he played the role of Hanuman in the television adaptation of the Hindu epic Ramayan. He was liked more in the role of 'Bheem Sen' in films like Veer Bheem Sen and Ramayan and in role of 'Hanuman' both in films and TV serial. He worked with Prathviraj Kapoor in Sikander-e-Aazam, Khakaan, Lootera, Daku Mangalsingh and Insaaf. He also played the Alexander in Sikander-e-Aazam. He worked in some television serial shows, including Had Kar Di which was aired on Zee TV and Kyaa Hoga Nimmo Kaa for StarOne. His last Hindi movie was Jab We Met and last Punjabi movie released before his illness was Dil Apna Punjabi. He acted in National Award winning film Main Maa Punjab Dee directed by Balwant Singh Dullat. He directed seven Punjabi films of which Sawa Lakh Se Ek Ladaun, Nanak Dukhiya Sub Sansar, Dhyanu Bhagat, Rab Dian Rakhan were commercial hits, and directed two films in Hindi, Bhakti Mein Shakti and Rustom (1982). His directorial venture Bhakti Mein Shakti, a mythological film, completed a record run at Delhi's Imperial Cinema in 1978. He produced 8 films and wrote the story for 7 films. These films were produced and directed under the banner "Dara Film" which he set up in 1970.
Singh became the first sportsman to be nominated to the Rajya Sabha — the upper house of the Parliament of India. He served in that role between 2003 and 2009. He was also president of the Jat Mahasabha.
He was admitted in Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital on 7 July 2012 following a cardiac arrest. He was released from hospital on 11 July in deference to the wishes of his family. He died on 12 July 2012 at his home in Mumbai. He was cremated at Juhu crematorium.
Dara Singh married twice. He had a son, Parduman Singh Randhawa, from his first marriage and from his second marriage he had five children: two sons and three daughters including Vindu Dara Singh, who is a film and television actor.
Awards and accomplishments
Other awards and accomplishments of Dara Singh are:
- National Wrestling Alliance: Canadian Open Tag Team Champion, with Yukon Eric
- Rustam-e-Hind, 1954
- Rustam-e-Punjab, 1966
- Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame - Class of 1996
|1954||Pehli Jhalak||Wrestler Dara Singh|
|1959||Jagga Daku||Jagga Daku|
|1962||King Kong||Jingu / King Kong|
|1964||Aandhi Aur Toofan|
|1964||Darasingh: Ironman||Dara Singh|
|1966||Daku Mangal Singh||Daku Mangal Singh/ Kumar|
|1967||Watan Se Door|
|1968||Thief of Baghdad|
|1968||Jung Aur Aman|
|1968||Balram Shri Krishna||Balram|
|1969||Faulad ki Aulad|
|1970||Choron Ka Chor||Ashok|
|1970||Mera Naam Joker||Sher Singh|
|1970||Nanak Dukhiya Sab Sansar||Kartar Singh||Punjabi film|
|1971||Kabhi Dhoop Kabhi Chhaon|
|1971||Tulsi Vivah||Bhagwan Shiv|
|1972||Aankhon Aankhon Mein||Pahelwan|
|1972||Hari Darshan||Bhagwan Shiv|
|1972||Mele Mitran De||Punjabi film|
|1973||Hum Sab Chor Hain|
|1973||Mera Desh Mera Dharam|
|1974||Bhagat Dhanna Jatt||Dhanna Jatt|
|1974||Dukh Bhanjan Tera Naam||Daku Daulay Khan|
|1974||Har Har Mahadev||Bhagwan Shiv|
|1974||Kisan Aur Bhagwan||Dhanna|
|1975||Dharam Karam||Ustaad ji|
|1976||Raakhi Aur Rifle||Ganga Singh|
|1976||Sawa Lakh Se Ek Ladaun||Kartar Singh||Punjabi film|
|1976||Apna Khoon Apna Dushman|
|1977||Jai Bolo Chakradhari|
|1977||Ram Bharose||Sardar Vikram Singh|
|1978||Bhakti Mein Shakti||Dyanu Bhakt|
|1978||Dhyanu Bhagat||Dhyanu Bhagat||Punjabi film|
|1978||Sone Ka Dil Lohe Ke Haath||Nihalchand|
|1978||Giddha||Bhalwaan Dulla ji|
|1979||Chambal Ki Raani|
|1981||Guru Suleman Chela Pahelwan|
|1981||Khel Muqaddar Ka|
|1982||Main Intequam Loonga||Ajay Kumar|
|1982||Rustom||Rustom Mangal Singh|
|1983||Babul Da Vehra||Punjabi film|
|1983||Unkhili Muttiar||Mechanic||Punjabi film|
|1984||Aan Aur Shaan|
|1985||Mutharamkunnu P.O.||Himself||Malayalam film|
|1985||Mard||Raja Azaad Singh|
|1986||Krishna-Krishna||Bhagwan Shri Balram|
|1986||Sajna Sath Nibhana||Joseph|
|1986||Maaveeran||Tamil film adaptation of Mard.|
|1988||Maula Jatt||Maula Jatt & Dharma|
|1988||Paanch Fauladi||Ustadji (Fauladi #1)|
|1989||Gharana||Vijay Singh Pahelwan|
|1990||Tera Mera Pyar||Preet's dad|
|1990||Naaka Bandi||Dharam Singh|
|1990||Pratigya||Daku Delavar Singh|
|1990||Sheran De Putt Sher||Subedaar|
|1991||Dharam Sankat||Dara (the dacoit)|
|1991||Ajooba||Maharaja Karan Singh|
|1991||Maut Ki Sazaa||Pyara Singh|
|1992||Prem Deewane||Loha Singh|
|1993||Anmol||Dara Shamsher, Zafar's father|
|1995||Ram Shastra||Police Commissioner|
|1997||Main Maa Punjab Dee||Punjabi film|
|1998||Guru Gobind Singh|
|1998||Auto Driver||Telugu film|
|2000||Dulhan Hum Le Jayenge||Sapna's grandfather||Guest appearance|
|2003||Kal Ho Naa Ho||Chaddha uncle|
|2003||Border Hindustan Ka||Jamail Singh|
|2004||Family Business||TV series|
|2006||Kyaa Hoga Nimmo Kaa||Amardeep Sehgal (Dadaji)||TV series|
|2006||Dil Apna Punjabi||Hardam Singh|
|2007||Jab We Met||Geet's grandfather|
|2012||Ata Pata Lapata||Guest Appearance|
|1970||Nanak Dukhiya Sub Sansar|
|1973||Mera Desh Mera Dharam|
|1974||Bhagat Dhanna Jatt|
|1976||Sawa Lakh Se Ek Ladaun|
|1978||Bhakti Mein Shakti|
|1978||Bhakti Mein Shakti|
- "OBITUARY: Dara Singh - the champion loses his final fight". Hindustan Times. IANS. 12 July 2012. Retrieved 14 August 2013.
- Rana, Yudhvir (13 July 2012). "Little Dara holds ray of hope in wrestler's village". The Times of India. TNN. Retrieved 14 July 2012.
- Molinaro, John F. (2002). Marek, Jeff; Meltzer, Dave, eds. The Top 100 Pro Wrestlers of All Time. Winding Stair Press. p. 199. ISBN 978-1-55366-305-8.
- "Dara Singh taken home". Mumbai: The Times of India. TNN. 12 July 2012. Retrieved 12 July 2012.
- Gulzar, Govind Nihalani, Saibal Chatterjee (2003). Encyclopaedia of Hindi Cinema. Popular Prakashan. p. 629. ISBN 8179910660. Retrieved 19 July 2012.
- "Mumtaz: Dara Singh's kindness got me my first role". The Times of India. TNN. 13 July 2012. Retrieved 14 July 2012.
- "Dara Singh: Bollywood's first macho man". New Delhi: India Today. 12 July 2012. Retrieved 19 July 2012.
- "Dara Studio". Retrieved 11 December 2011.
- "Hema garam, won't canvass for Dharam". The Times of India. TNN. 18 June 2009. Retrieved 15 February 2010.
- "Dara Singh suffers brain damage, doctors say 'less chance' of recovery". 10 July 2012.
- "Dara Singh taken home, doctors say less chance of recovery". 10 July 2012.
- "Hundreds attend Dara Singh's funeral in Mumbai". Yahoo India news. 12 July 2012.
- "Dara Singh". Telegraph. Retrieved 14 July 2012.
- "How Dara Singh floored Mukesh ...". The Hindu. 13 July 2012. Retrieved 8 February 2013.
- "Bollywood's first He-man". The Hindu Businessline. 12 July 2012. Retrieved 8 February 2013.
- "Auto Driver (1998)". Retrieved 8 February 2013.
- Reuters (12 July 2012). "Dara Singh dies at 83". Mumbai Mirror. Retrieved 19 July 2012.
- "Eijaz Khan talks about Dara Singh". Mumbai: Mid Day. 13 July 2012. Retrieved 19 July 2012.
- Jaspreet Pandohar (20 August 2006). "Dil Apna Punjabi (My Heart Is Punjabi) Review". BBC. Retrieved 19 July 2012.
- Dara Singh Meri Atmkatha (en. My Autobiography by Dara Singh) 1993 Praveen Prakashan
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