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DARA SINGH

Place of Birth : Village Dharmoochak District Amritsar
Date of Birth : 19 November 1928
Date of Death : 12 July 2012
Place of Death : Mumbai
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Dara Singh was a well-known wrestler before he joined Hindi films. He was known as Rustom-E-Hind which also became one of his movies later on. But with his first film King Kong in 1962, Dara Singh shot to fame and had a strong screen presence. He became one of the most sought after wrestlers of Bollywood in the years to come.
 
His debut film was highly appreciated and there came many movies where he played roles of similar type. Some of his movies like 'Rustom-E-Rome' (1963), Rustom-E-Baghdad (1962) and 'Rustom-E-Hind' (1964) did much to his image but due to his limitations, he had to restrict himself to B-grade films. There were many other films of his like Aaya Toofan, Sher-E-Watan, 'Shankar Khan' and 'Balraj Shri Krishna' which were thronged by the North Indian wrestlers. Dara Singh did many character roles also and the one role he is highly remembered for was from Manmohan Desai directed Mard. This film revolved around Amitabh Bachchan and anyone who could convincingly play his father was Dara Singh. He was able to live up to the expectations bestowed on him and came up with many laurels for this role of his. But Dara Singh shot to more fame through his role of Hanuman in Ramanand Sagar's popular television serial 'Ramayan'.
 
Though quite old, Dara Singh played the role to perfection and people started recognising him as the actual Hanuman. He then started doing more of serials and gained popularity. 
 
Dara Singh turned producer at one time of his career and churned out Punjabi movies like 'Nanak Dukhiya Sab Sansar' which did well in that part of the country. He even gave special appearances in RK Films like Mera Naam Joker and Dharam Karam.
 
He has worked in other television shows such as 'Hadh Kar Di' which was aired on Zee TV. He has acted in over 100 films.
 
His notable films during the post-90s period include Ajooba, Zulmi, Dillagi, Shararat, Kal Ho Naa Ho.
 
His son Vindu Dara Singh has also made his entry into Hindi films with supporting roles in Mujhse Shaadi Karogi, Kambakkht Ishq, Housefull and the likes.
 
Vindu also featured in the third season of the popular reality show 'Bigg Boss'.
 
Dara Singh was last seen playing Kareena Kapoor's grandfather in the 2007 film Jab We Met.
 
He was admitted in Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital on July 7, 2012 following a cardiac arrest. The doctors attending him had stated that chances of his recovery are remote because of significant damage to his brain.
 
He breathed his last, following a respiratory cardiac arrest on July 12. Christened as the 'Iron Man' of India, he left a great legacy in the world of wrestling and films.

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His younger brother Randhawa was also a very popular wrestler and was crowned 'Rustom –E-Hind'. He is married to Mallika who was his heroine in the films he acted in and who is the sister of Mumtaz.

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