Dara Singh was a professional Indian wrestler, actor, and politician. He began acting in 1952 and was the first sportsman to be nominated for India’s RajyaSabha (upper house). He worked as a movie producer, director, and author in Hindi and Punjabi, and he acted in movies and television. He is renowned in wrestling for his unbeaten global streak and later being a successful movie star. His role as Hanuman in Bajrangi (1976) and RamanandSagar’sRamayan made him famous.
Early Life of Dara Singh
Dara Singh, a professional and profound wrestler, was born on 19-11-1928 in Amritsar, Punjab, India. He was an Indian Wrestler, Film Actor, Television Actor, Politician, Film Producer, Film Director & Writer who best known for his work in Punjabi and Hindi films.
Career of Dara Singh
Dara was attracted to wrestling because of his body like wrestlers. In his childhood, he used to work in his fields. He was later motivated to learn Pahlawan in Akhmed. Dara’s name will always be taken prominently in Indian wrestling fights. They also competed in wrestling competitions abroad. Dara Singh went to Singapore in 1947. While there, he won the Malaysian wrestling championship in Kuala Lumpur by beating Malaysian champion Tarlok Singh in Indian style wrestling. After that, his success chariot took place in other countries, and as a professional wrestler, he came back to his country in 1952.
Dara Singh became the Indian wrestling champion in 1954. Then they were fought from the King-Kong, called the wrestling demon. The match was exciting because noticing the huge body of King Kong, viewers were putting their money on King-Kong itself. At one time it came that everyone felt that Dara Singh would be beaten this time and he would have to face defeat. However, with Dara Singh’s Pahlvani claim, they tightened the King-Kong into their arms and thrown them out of the ring.
Dara Singh’s freestyle wrestling is dominating all over India in the 1960s. In 1959, he defeated former World Champion Georges Guadianika and won the Commonwealth World Championship. Dara Singh wrestled till the age of 55 and never lost a single defeat in 500 matches. There was not even a wrestler in his 36-year-old wrestling career, which Dara Singh did not compete within the ring. In 1968, he became the world champion by beating the American world champion Lou Thus.
Dara Singh first appeared in 1954 with ‘Dil Chakra’ and ‘Madhubala’ and ‘Sangdil’ in 1954 followed by ‘first glimpse’ in which he played his own character, Dara Singh. In 1962, he played the character of King Kong in the film ‘King-Kong’. In the ’60s and ’70s, he became the action king in Hindi films. He played a leading role in many Hindi films. With Mumtaz, he acted in 16 films. He starred in nearly 100 films including ‘Jab We Met’, ‘DilApna Punjabi’ (Punjabi film), ‘Border Hindustan Ka’, ‘Ajooba’, ‘Sikandar A Azam’, ‘DakuMangal Singh’, ‘MeraNaam Joker’ etc.
In the serial ‘Ramayana’ of Doordarshan, he played the role of Hanuman Ji very well and the same role he played in ‘Mahabharat’ too and the audience liked very well his role.
Dara Singh died on 12-07-2012 at his home in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. He was taken to KokilabenDhirubhaiAmbani Hospital on 7 July 2012. He died of a cardiac arrest.
Net Worth of Dara Singh
The net worth of Dara Singh is $1 million. Singh joined the BharatiyaJanata Party in January 1998. He became the first sportsperson to be nominated to the RajyaSabha — the upper house of the Parliament of India. Between 2003 and 2009, he served in that position. He was also President of the JatMahasabha.
Personal Life of Dara Singh
He was born to Surat Singh Randhawa and Balwant Kaur. He had a brother named Randhawa. He was married to Surjit Kaur Randhawa till his death in 2012. Previously, he was married to Bachno Kaur from 1942 to 1952. He had seven kids, including Vindu Dara Singh and Parduman Randhawa.
Facts of Dara Singh
- From August 2003 to August 2009, he was a member of the RajyaSabha.
- In 1954, Dara Singh became the Rustam-e-Hind and Rustom-e-JahanIn 1968.
- He wrestled till the age of fifty-five years and did not see any defect in any one of the five hundred fights.
- He got immense popularity from the acting of Hanuman Ji in TV serial Ramayana.
- He worked as an Actor, Writer, and Director in more than one hundred and ten movies.
- He has one son from his first wife and His second wife Surjeet Kaur has three daughters and two sons.
- Defeating world champion Lou Thaise on 29 May 1968, he became the world champion of freestyle wrestling.