Dara Singh

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Dara Singh (19 November 1928 – 12 July 2012) was an Indian professional wrestler, actor and politician. 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 in films and television.

Dara Singh
Dara Singh

Singh at Pran’s birthday party in February 2010.
Native name ਦਾਰਾ ਸਿੰਘ ਰੰਧਾਵਾ
Born Dara Singh Randhawa
19 November 1928
Amritsar, Punjab Province, British India
Died 12 July 2012 (aged 83)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Cause of death Heart attack
Nationality India Indian
Other names “Rustam-e-Hind”
“Ironman of Indian Cinema”
“The Original Muscle Man of Bollywood”
Occupation Professional wrestler, Actor, Politician
Years active 1947–1983 (wrestler)
1950–2012 (actor)
2003-2009 (politician)
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[2]
Spouse(s) Bachno Kaur (m. 1937–50)
Surjit Kaur (m. 1961)
Children 6 including;
Parduman Randhawa (actor)
Vindu Dara Singh
Amrik Singh Randhawa (producer)
Relatives See Randhawa family
Website dara-singh.com
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Dara Singh
Billed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Billed weight 127 kg (280 lb)
Billed from Punjab, India
Trained by Harnam Singh
Debut 1948
Retired 1983

Early life

Dara Singh was born on 19 November 1928 in the village of Dharmuchak, which was then a part of British Punjab and is now in Amritsar district of the Majha region of Panjab. He went Singapore in 1947 where he worked in a drum manufacturing mill and started his wrestling training under Harnam Singh in the Great World Stadium.

Career

Wrestling

World Cup Wrestling poster portraying Dara Singh as the World Cup Holder

As an adult he was 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m) tall,weighed 127 kilograms (280 lb) and had a chest measurement of 53 inches (130 cm). Due to his physique, he was encouraged to take up pehlwani, an Indian style of wrestling. After switching to professional wrestling , he competed around the world with opponents such as Bill Verna, Firpo Zbyszko, John Da Silva, Rikidōzan, Danny Lynch and Ski Hi Lee etc., his act of flooring King Kong is always remembered.

In 1954 Dara competed in Rustam-e-Hind (Champion of India) tournament where he won the final by defeating Tiger Joginder Singh and got a silver’s cup from Maharaja Hari Singh. In 1959, he won the Commonwealth Championship by defeating George Gordienko at Calcutta. On 29 May 1968 in Bombay, his victory over Lou Thesz earned him the World Wrestling Championship.His last tournament, where he announced his retirement, was held in Delhi in June 1983.In 1996 he was inducted into the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame.

Films and television

Singh left his village for Singapore in 1948.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 whom he performed in 16 Hindi films. 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 also had roles numerous films, such as Veer Bheem Sen and Ramayan, and in other television serials.

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 including Sawa Lakh Se Ek Ladaun, Nanak Dukhiya Sub Sansar, Dhyanu Bhagat, Rab Dian Rakhan. He also directed two films in Hindi, Bhakti Mein Shakti and Rustom (1982), which were produced and directed under the banner “Dara Film” which he set up in 1970.

Dara Studio

Singh was the owner of Dara Studio at Mohali, District Mohali, Punjab. Dara Film Studio was founded in 1978. The studio was operational from 1980 as a film studio.

Politics

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.

Personal life

Dara Singh married twice. He had three sons and three daughters, including Vindu Dara Singh. His brother Randhawa was also a wrestler and actor.

Death

Dara Singh’s funeral

He was admitted in Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital on 7 July 2012 following a cardiac arrest.He died on 12 July 2012 at his home in Mumbai.He was cremated at Juhu crematorium.

Filmography

As actor

Year Title Role Notes
1952 Sangdil
1954 Pehli Jhalak Wrestler Dara Singh
1962 King Kong Jingu / King Kong
1963 Faulad Faulad Singh
1963 Rustom-E-Baghdad Dara/Rustom-E-Baghdad
1963 Awara Abdulla Abdulla
1964 Samson Samson
1964 Jagga Jagga Daku
1964 Aandhi Aur Toofan
1964 Darasingh: Ironman Dara Singh
1965 Rustom-E-Hind
1965 Boxer
1965 Sher Dil
1965 Raaka
1965 Sikandar-E-Azam Alexander
1965 Lootera
1966 Naujawan
1966 Veer Bajrang
1966 Dada
1966 Daku Mangal Singh Daku Mangal Singh/ Kumar
1966 Jawan Mard
1967 Do Dushman
1967 Watan Se Door
1967 Nasihat
1968 Thief of Baghdad
1968 Jung Aur Aman
1968 Balram Shri Krishna Balram
1969 Faulad ki Aulad
1969 Toofan Badal
1970 Choron Ka Chor Ashok
1970 Ilzaam Raju/Kishan
1970 Mera Naam Joker Sher Singh
1970 Nanak Dukhiya Sab Sansar Kartar Singh Punjabi film
1971 Kabhi Dhoop Kabhi Chhaon
1971 Ramu Ustad Ramu
1971 Tulsi Vivah Bhagwan Shiv
1971 Anand Pahalwan Guest appearance
1972 Aankhon Aankhon Mein Pahelwan
1972 Hari Darshan Bhagwan Shiv
1972 Lalkaar
1972 Mele Mitran De Punjabi film
1972 Sultana Daku
1975 Warrant Pyaara Singh
1973 Hum Sab Chor Hain
1973 Mera Desh Mera Dharam
1974 Kuwara Baap
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
1974 Zehreela Insaan
1975 Dharam Karam Ustaad ji
1975 Dharmatma Pahelwan
1976 Bajrangbali Hanuman
1976 Lambhardarni Lambardar/Dharma Punjabi film
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 Nalayak Pahelwan
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 Karma Dharma
1986 Bulekha
1986 Krishna-Krishna Bhagwan Shri Balram
1986 Ramayan Hanuman TV Series
1986 Sajna Sath Nibhana Joseph
1986 Maaveeran Tamil film adaptation of Mard.
1988 Maula Jatt Maula Jatt & Dharma
1988 Paanch Fauladi Ustadji (Fauladi #1)
1988 Mahaveera Delar Singh
1988 Mahabharat Hanuman TV Series
1989 Shehzaade Jailor
1989 Elaan-E-Jung Bheema
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 Bechain
1993 Anmol Dara Shamsher, Zafar’s father
1994 Karan
1995 Ram Shastra Police Commissioner
1997 Lav Kush Hanuman
1997 Main Maa Punjab Dee Punjabi film
1998 Guru Gobind Singh
1998 Auto Driver Telugu film
1998 Qahar Guest appearance
1999 Dillagi Veer Singh
1999 Zulmi Baba Thakur
1999 Door Nahin Nankana Bhakhtawar Singh
1999 Hudd Kar Di Devender Singh Dhanwa/Papaji TV Series
2000 Dulhan Hum Le Jayenge Sapna’s grandfather Guest appearance
2001 Farz Tayaji
2002 Shararat Mr. Gujral
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

As director

Year Title Notes
1970 Nanak Dukhiya Sub Sansar
1973 Mera Desh Mera Dharam
1974 Bhagat Dhanna Jatt
1976 Sawa Lakh Se Ek Ladaun
1978 Dhyanu Bhagat
1978 Bhakti Mein Shakti
1982 Rustom

As producer

Year Title Notes
1978 Bhakti Mein Shakti
1994 Karan

In wrestling

Singh mounted punches to King Kong at JWA 1955

  • Finishing moves
    • Airplane spin
    • Indian deathlock
  • Signature moves
    • Knee drop
    • Body slam
    • Ankle lock
    • Flying tackle
    • Cobra hold
    • Boston crab
    • Mounted punches
    • Headscissors
    • Double axe handle
    • Forearm club
    • Side headlock
    • Knee lift
  • Nicknames
    • Rustam-e-Hind
    • “Indian He-Man”

Championships and accomplishments

Dara Singh with Wrestling Championships

  • World Wide Wrestling Association
    • WWWA World Heavyweight Championship
  • Maple Leaf Wrestling
    • NWA Canadian Open Tag Team Championship (1 time)- with Yukon Eric
  • Commonwealth Championship
  • World Wrestling Championship
  • Champion of Malaysia (1951)
  • Rustam-e-Hind (1954)
  • Rustam-e-Punjab (1966)
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter
    • Hall of Fame (Class of 1996

source:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dara_Singh