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Dara Singh
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Singh at Pran's birthday party in February 2010
Born
Deedar Singh Randhawa

(1928-11-19)19 November 1928
Dharmuchak, Amritsar District, Punjab, British India
(present-day Punjab, India) [1]
Died12 July 2012(2012-07-12) (aged 83)
NationalityBritish Indian (1928-1947)
Indian (1947-2012; his death)
Occupation Professional wrestler, actor, politician
Years active1947–1983 (wrestler)
1950–2012 (actor)
2003–2009 (politician)
Height1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) [2]
TitleRustam-e-Hind
Political party Bharatiya Janata Party
Spouse(s)
Bachno Kaur(m. 19421952)

Surjit Kaur(m. 1961)
Children6 including;
Vindu Dara Singh
FamilySee Randhawa family
Ring name(s) Dara Singh
Billed height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) [2]
Billed weight127 kg (280 lb)
Billed from Punjab, India
Trained byHarnam Singh
Debut1948
Retired1983
Website dara-singh.com

Dara Singh Randhawa (born Deedar Singh Randhawa; 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. He is known for his undefeated worldwide streak in wrestling and later being a successful movie star. His role of Hanuman in film Bajrangi (1976) and in Ramanand Sagar's Ramayan made him popular. He is the best player He do's wrestling

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Professional wrestling entertainment form that mimics contact sports

Professional wrestling is a form of performance art and entertainment that combines athletics with theatrical performance. It takes the form of events, held by touring companies, that mimic a title-match combat sport. The unique form of sport portrayed is fundamentally based on classical and "catch" wrestling, with modern additions of striking attacks, strength-based holds and throws and acrobatic maneuvers. Much of these derive from the influence of various international martial arts. An additional aspect of combat with improvised weaponry is sometimes included to varying degrees.

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Early life

Randhawa was born in a Sikh family as Deedar Singh Randhawa on 19 November 1928 [3] in the village of Dharmuchak in the Majha area of the Punjab region of Northern India. At the time, it was still under British Raj colonial rule. [4] [5]

Majha

The Majha region is recognized as the region that is located at the center of the historical Punjab region, that is northward from the right banks of river Beas, and extends up to river Jhelum at its northmost. People of the Majha region are given the demonym "Mājhi". The Majhi dialect of Punjabi language is the main language of this region, which is also the standard dialect and register of the Punjabi language. The most populous city in the area is Lahore on the Pakistani side and Amritsar on the Indian side of the border.

British Raj British rule on the Indian subcontinent, 1858–1947

The British Raj was the rule by the British Crown on the Indian subcontinent from 1858 to 1947. The rule is also called Crown rule in India, or direct rule in India. The region under British control was commonly called India in contemporaneous usage, and included areas directly administered by the United Kingdom, which were collectively called British India, and those ruled by indigenous rulers, but under British tutelage or paramountcy, and called the princely states. The whole was also more formally called the Indian Empire. As India, it was a founding member of the League of Nations, a participating nation in the Summer Olympics in 1900, 1920, 1928, 1932, and 1936, and a founding member of the United Nations in San Francisco in 1945.

Career

Professional wrestling

Singh wrestling King Kong at JWA in 1955 Dara Singh vs King Kong.jpg
Singh wrestling King Kong at JWA in 1955

He came to Singapore in 1947, where he worked in a drum-manufacturing mill and began his wrestling training under Harnam Singh in the Great World Stadium. [6] As an adult he was 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m) tall, [2] 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 His flooring of King Kong is still remembered. [7]

Singapore Republic in Southeast Asia

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Drum type of musical instrument of the percussion family

The drum is a member of the percussion group of musical instruments. In the Hornbostel-Sachs classification system, it is a membranophone. Drums consist of at least one membrane, called a drumhead or drum skin, that is stretched over a shell and struck, either directly with the player's hands, or with a percussion mallet, to produce sound. There is usually a resonance head on the underside of the drum, typically tuned to a slightly lower pitch than the top drumhead. Other techniques have been used to cause drums to make sound, such as the thumb roll. Drums are the world's oldest and most ubiquitous musical instruments, and the basic design has remained virtually unchanged for thousands of years.

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In 1954 Dara competed in the Rustam-e-Hind (Champion of India) tournament where he won the final by defeating Tiger Joginder Singh and received a silver cup from Maharaja Hari Singh. [8] 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 championship. [9] [10] His last tournament, where he announced his retirement, was held in Delhi in June 1983. [11] In 1996 he was inducted into the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame. On 7 April 2018 WWE inducted him in WWE Hall of Fame Legacy class of 2018. [12]

Tiger Joginder Singh actor

Joginder Singh was an Indian professional wrestler. He was the first All Asia Tag Team Champion, along with King Kong. He was one of the top professional wrestler of India at that time.

Hari Singh Indian politician and the last ruling Maharaja of the princely state of Jammu and Kashmir in India

Maharaja Hari Singh was the last ruling Maharaja of the princely state of Jammu and Kashmir in India.

George Gordienko Canadian professional wrestler and artist

George Gordienko was a Canadian professional wrestler and artist. Born of first generation Ukrainian and Cossack-Canadian parents in North Winnipeg, Manitoba, by age 17 Gordienko had received numerous awards for his physical prowess. He wrestled from 1946 to 1976 and was, according to Lou Thesz and other experts, one of the top legitimate wrestlers in the world. He was rated the best heavyweight wrestler in the UK in 1963, and in 1970, won the annual Royal Albert Hall tournament in London. After his retirement he became a successful artist.

Films and television

Singh left his village for Singapore in 1948. [5] He started his career as an actor in 1952 with Sangdil . [13] He was a stunt film actor for many years and played his first lead role in Babubhai Mistry's film King Kong (1962). [14] 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. [15]

Babubhai Mistry was an Indian film director and special effects pioneer who is best known for his films based on Hindu mythology, such as Sampoorna Ramayana (1961), Mahabharat (1965), and Parasmani (1963).

Mumtaz (actress) Indian film actress

Mumtaz is an Indian film actress. She won a Filmfare Award for Best Actress for her character in Khilona in 1971. Though she started with small supporting roles, she later rose up the hierarchy, and worked with all the top actors of her time, in the lead roles. She is remembered as one of the best actresses and dancers of the 60’s and 70’s. She is still recognised as a diva of her times.

A lakh (; abbreviated L; sometimes written Lac or Lacs; Devanāgarī: लाख) is a unit in the Indian numbering system equal to one hundred thousand (100,000; scientific notation: 105). In the Indian convention of digit grouping, it is written as 1,00,000. For example, in India 150,000 rupees becomes 1.5 lakh rupees, written as 1,50,000 or INR 1,50,000.

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 . [16] He also had roles in numerous films, such as Veer Bheem Sen and Ramayan, and in other television serials. He starred as Bhima in various Mahabharata movies, besides also playing balram, he also starred as Shiva in various mythological movies.

Hanuman The divine monkey companion of Rama in Hindu mythology

In Hinduism, Hanuman is an ardent devotee of Rama. Lord Hanuman, known as the Lord of Celibacy was an ideal "Brahmachari" or called Naistika Brahmachari in Sanskrit and is one of the central characters of the Indian Epic Ramayana.  As one of the Chiranjivi, he is also mentioned in several other texts, such as the Mahabharata and the various Puranas. Hanuman is the son of Anjani and Kesari and is also son of the wind-god Vayu, who according to several stories, played a role in his Avatar.

<i>Ramayan</i> (1987 TV series) television series

Ramayan is an Indian historical-drama epic television series, which aired during 1987-1988, created, written, and directed by Ramanand Sagar. The remake of Ramayan series was again presented by Sagar Arts and which aired on NDTV Imagine in 2008. Ramayan introduced the concept of Hindu mythology to Indian Television and went on to become a national classic, it was aired on Zee TV in mid-90's. Also, it was aired on Star Plus and Star Utsav in 2000's.

Bhima Character from Indian epic Mahabharata

In Hindu mythology, Bhima is the second born of the Pandavas. The Mahabharata relates many events which portray the might of Bhima. Bhima is responsible for slaying all hundred Kaurava brothers in the Kurukshetra War. He had power of 10,000 elephants.

His last Hindi movie was Jab We Met and the 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 including Sawa Lakh Se Ek Ladaun, Nanak Dukhiya Sub Sansar, Dhyanu Bhagat and 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. [14]

Dara Studio

Singh was the owner of Dara Studio [17] at Mohali, District Mohali, Punjab. Dara Film Studio was founded in 1978. The studio was operational from 1980 as a film studio.

Politics

Singh joined the Bharatiya Janata Party in January 1998. [18] He became the first sportsperson 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. [13] [19]

Comics

The son of Dara Singh, Vindu Dara Singh, launched first comic book The Epic Journey of the Great Dara Singh at Oxford Bookstore in New Delhi in February 2019. [20]

Personal life

Dara Singh Randhawa married twice. He had three sons and three daughters, including Parduman Randhawa and Vindu Dara Singh. [1] His brother Randhawa was also a wrestler and actor.

Death

Dara Singh was admitted into Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital on 7 July 2012 following a massive heart attack. Two days later, it was confirmed that he had brain damage due to the lack of blood flow. [21] He was discharged from hospital on 11 July 2012 and died the next day at his home in Mumbai. [22] He was cremated at Juhu crematorium. [23] [24]

Filmography

As actor

YearTitleRoleNotesRef.
1952 Sangdil [13]
1954 Pehli Jhalak [14] Wrestler Dara Singh
1960 Engal Selvi Tamil film [25]
1962 King Kong [14] Jingu / King Kong
1963 Faulad [14] Faulad Singh
1963 Rustom-E-Baghdad [13] Dara/Rustom-E-Baghdad
1963 Awara Abdulla [16] Abdulla
1964 Samson [14] Samson
1964 Aaya Toofan Deepu
1964 Jagga Jagga Daku
1964 Aandhi Aur Toofan [16]
1964 Darasingh: Ironman [16] Dara Singh
1965 Rustom-E-Hind [14]
1965 Boxer [16]
1965 Sher Dil [13]
1965 Raaka [13]
1965 Sikandar-E-Azam [13] [14] Alexander
1965 Lootera [16]
1966 Naujawan [14]
1966 Veer Bajrang [14]
1966 Dada
1966 Daku Mangal Singh [16] Daku Mangal Singh/ Kumar
1966 Jawan Mard
1967 Chand Par Chadayee
1967 Do Dushman
1967 Watan Se Door [13]
1967 Nasihat
1968 Jung Aur Aman [16]
1968 Balram Shri Krishna Balram
1969 Thief of Baghdad [14]
1969 Faulad Ki Aulad
1969 Toofan Badal
1970 Choron Ka Chor Ashok
1970 Ilzaam Raju/Kishan
1970 Mera Naam Joker [13] [14] Sher Singh
1970 Nanak Dukhiya Sab Sansar [16] Kartar SinghPunjabi film
1971 Kabhi Dhoop Kabhi Chhaon [16]
1971 Ramu Ustad Ramu
1971 Tulsi Vivah Bhagwan Shiv
1971 Anand [14] PahalwanGuest appearance
1972 Aankhon Aankhon Mein [16] Pahelwan
1972 Hari Darshan Bhagwan Shiv
1972 Lalkaar
1972'Mele Mitran De Punjabi film
1972 Sultana Daku
1975 Warrant [16] Pyaara Singh
1973 Hum Sab Chor Hain
1973 Mera Desh Mera Dharam
1974 Kuwara Baap [14]
1974 Bhagat Dhanna Jatt Dhanna Jatt
1974 Dukh Bhanjan Tera Naam Daku Daulay Khan
1974 Har Har Mahadev [16] Bhagwan Shiv
1974 Kisan Aur Bhagwan Dhanna
1974 Zehreela Insaan
1975 Dharam Karam [13] Ustaad ji
1975 Dharmatma Pahelwan
1976 Bajrangbali [14] [16] Hanuman
1976 Lambhardarni Lambardar/DharmaPunjabi film
1976 Raakhi Aur Rifle Ganga Singh
1976 Sawa Lakh Se Ek Ladaun Kartar SinghPunjabi 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 BhagatPunjabi film
1978 Nalayak [14] 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 [14] Ajay Kumar
1982RustomRustom Mangal Singh
1983 Babul Da Vehra Punjabi film
1983 Unkhili Muttiar MechanicPunjabi film
1984 Aan Aur Shaan
1985 Mutharamkunnu P.O. [26] Himself Malayalam film
1985 Mard [13] [14] Raja Azaad Singh
1986 Karma [14] [16] Dharma
1986 Bulekha
1986 Krishna-Krishna Bhagwan Shri Balram
1986 Ramayan [13] Hanuman TV Series
1986 Sajna Sath Nibhana Joseph
1986 Maaveeran [27] Tamil film adaptation of Mard. [27]
1988 Maula Jatt Maula Jatt & Dharma
1988 Paanch Fauladi Ustadji (Fauladi #1)
1988 Mahaveera Delar Singh
1988 Mahabharat [16] Hanuman TV Series
1989 Shehzaade Jailor
1989 Elaan-E-Jung [16] Bheema
1989 Gharana Vijay Singh Pahelwan
1990 Tera Mera Pyar [16] Preet's father
1990 Naaka Bandi [14] [16] Dharam Singh
1990 Pratiggya Daku Delavar Singh
1990 Sheran De Putt Sher Subedaar
1991 Dharam Sankat Dara (the dacoit)
1991 Ajooba [14] 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 [14] Police Commissioner
1997 Lav Kush [14] Hanuman
1997 Main Maa Punjab Dee Punjabi film
1998 Guru Gobind Singh
1998 Auto Driver [28] Telugu film
1998 Qahar Guest appearance
1999 Dillagi [14] [16] Veer Singh
1999 Zulmi Baba Thakur
1999 Door Nahin Nankana Bhakhtawar Singh
1999 Hudd Kar Di Devender Singh Dhanwa/PapajiTV series
2000 Dulhan Hum Le Jayenge [14] [16] Sapna's grandfatherGuest appearance
2001 Farz Tayaji
2002 Shararat [29] Mr. Gujral
2003 Kal Ho Naa Ho [16] Chaddha's uncle
2003 Border Hindustan Ka Jamail Singh
2004 Family Business TV series
2006 Kyaa Hoga Nimmo Kaa [30] Amardeep Sehgal (Dadaji)TV series
2006 Dil Apna Punjabi [31] Hardam Singh
2007 Jab We Met [13] Geet's grandfather
2012 Ata Pata Lapata Guest appearance

As director

YearTitleNotesRef
1970 Nanak Dukhiya Sub Sansar
1973 Mera Desh Mera Dharam [14]
1974 Bhagat Dhanna Jatt
1976 Sawa Lakh Se Ek Ladaun
1978 Dhyanu Bhagat
1978 Bhakti Mein Shakti Also produced [14] [32]
1982 Rustom [14]

As producer

YearTitleNotesRef
1978 Bhakti Mein Shakti Also directed the film [32]
1994 Karan

Championships and accomplishments

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