Tributes To Dara Singh: The Legendary Wrestler-Actor Of India! - Page 2
Dara Singh was immortalized in the Indian television industry through his role of Hanuman—the eternally divine, powerful and dedicated monkey-God—in the Indian epic of Ramayana. He came to be known as the favorite screen Hanuman of India and acted in that role in a few movies too. He also played character roles in many other television serials.
As primary school kids in the sixties we had been fascinated by the heroics of Dara Singh epitomizing him with the eternal Good. We were told about a very famous strategy of Dara Singh called ‘deadlock’ applying which he made his opponents helpless, about how he lifted 230kg King Kong with his hands and threw him out of the ring, and that he never lost. We had absolutely no chance of watching him in the ring and therefore his movies where he showed his wrestling prowess were not-be-missed affairs for us. In fact, parents of those times sent their children willingly to watch his movies and get inspired.
Dara Singh was hospitalized in Mumbai on July 7, 2012 following a cardiac arrest and doctors put him on life support system due to extensive brain damage. As the chances of recovery were bleak his family shifted him home on July 11 to fulfill the hero’s last wishes. And, on the morning of July 12, 2012 the perfect gentleman wrestler-turned-actor Dara Singh breathed his last. Fans, sports personalities and Bollywood celebrities flocked on to pay their homage to this legendary hero who was also known for his modesty, kindness, straightforwardness and honesty.
We salute the great Indian national hero.