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Dara Singh (born 19 November 1928) is a Jat Punjabi Indian wrestler and film actor from Amritsarmarker, Punjabmarker, Indiamarker.[143228] He is the current president of All India Jat Mahasabha.

He was a well-known wrestler before he started acting in Hindi films in 1962. From an Indian Wrestling Champion to the World Championship, Dara Singh has competed against some of the greatest names in wrestling history including Lou Thesz. He has defeated some of the former world champion wrestlers including the great Stanislaus Zbyszko.He was nominated member of Rajya Sabha by Bhartiya Janata Party during August 2003 - August 2009.

Career

Dara singh is from Indiamarker's state of Punjabmarker. Due to his physique he was encouraged to study Pehlwani, an Indian style of wrestling, in the milked sand wrestling pits of India called akhara. Dara Singh was a favourite in wrestling tournaments in India. In addition to this, he wrestled on invitation of kings of various Indian princely states and wrestled frequently in haats and melas (fairs and carnivals). He also successfully competed against some of the greatest names in wrestling history and professional wrestlers in the United Statesmarker.

Upon his return to India he gained unprecedented popularity by having wrestling bouts across the country in the 1940s, '50s, and '60s, including a very popular series of matches with Lou Thesz in the late '60s. He then translated this to celluloid fame by making a large number of Bollywood films which had him in the lead. One of his notable finds was the actress Mumtaz. He then went on to 1980s and 90s television fame, when he played the role of Hanuman in the television adaptation of the epic Ramayan. The series is amongst the most widely viewed in history. He has acted in over 100 films. His latest Hindi movie is Jab We Met and his latest Punjabi movie is Dil Apna Punjabi. He also worked in some television serial shows, most notable is 'Had Kar Di' which was aired on Zee TV. He has two sons named Vindu Dara Singh and Amrik Singh. Vindu stays in Mumbai while Amrik stays in Chandigarh. Singh retired from active wrestling in 1983. In 1996 he was inducted into the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame.

Championships and accomplishments

National Wrestling Alliance
*Canadian Open Tag Team Champion (1 time) - with Yukon Erich


India
*Rustam-E-Punjab
*Rustam-E-Hind


*Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame (Class of 1996)


Filmography

Upon his return to India he gained unprecedented popularity by having bouts of wrestling across the country in the 1940s and 50s. He than translated this to celluloid fame by making a large number of B grade action, stunt and fantasy films which had him in the lead. One of his noticeable finds was the actress Mumtaz. He then went on to 1980s and 90s T.V fame when he played the role of Hanuman in the television adaptation of the epic Ramayana. The series is amongst the most widely viewed in history. He has acted in over 100 films. His latest movie is a Hindi movie Jab We Met.

As Director
(1980s) (1970s)
1. Unkhili Muttiar (1983)
2. Rustom (1982)
3. Bhakti Mein Shakti (1978)
4. Dhyani Bhagat (1978)
5. Sawa Lakh Se Ek Ladaun (1976)
6. Bhagat Dhanna Jatt (1974)
7. Mera Desh Mera Dharam (1973)
8. Nanak Dukhiya Sab Sansar (1970)


As Producer
(1990s) (1970s)
1. Karan (1994)
2. Bhakti Mein Shakti (1978)


As Actor
(2000s) (1990s) (1980s) (1970s) (1960s) (1950s)
1. Jab We Met {2007} ...Geet's grandfather
2. "Kya Hoga Nimmo Ka" (2006) TV Series .... Amardeep Sehgal (Dadaji)
3. Dil Apna Punjabi (2006) .... Hardam Singh
4. Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003) .... Chaddha uncle
5. Border Hindustan Ka (2003) .... Jamail Singh
6. Shararat (2002) .... Mr. Gujral
7. Farz (2001) .... Tayaji
8. Dulhan Hum Le Jayenge (2000) .... Sapna's grandfather (guest appearance)
9. Dillagi (1999)
10. Zulmi (1999) .... Baba Thakur
11. Guru Gobind Singh (1998)
12. Main Maa Punjab Dee (1998)
13. Qahar (1998) .... Special Guest
14. Lav Kush (1997) .... Hanuman
15. Ram Shastra (1995) .... Police Commissioner
16. Karan (1994)
17. Bechain (1993)
18. Anmol (1993) .... Dara Shamsher, Zafar's father
19. Prem Deewane (1992) .... Loha Singh
20. Dharam Sankat (1991) .... Dara (the dacoit)
21. Ajooba (1991) .... Maharaja Karan Singh
22. Maut Ki Sazaa (1991) .... Pyara Singh
23. Maula Jatt (1990) .... Maula Jatt
24. Pratigya (1990) .... Daku Delavar Singh
25. Sheran De Putt Sher (1990) .... Subedaar
26. Shehzaade (1989) (uncredited) .... Jailor
27. Elaan-E-Jung (1989)
28. Gharana (1989) .... Vijay Singh Pahelwan
29. "Luv Kush" (1989) TV Series .... Hanuman
30. Paanch Fauladi (1988) .... Ustadji (Fauladi #1)
31. Mahaveera (1988) .... Delar Singh
32. "Mahabharat" (1988) TV Series .... Hanuman
33. Karma (1986) .... Dharma (Jolly's elder brother)
34. Bulekha (1986)
35. Krishna-Krishna (1986) .... Bhagwan Shri Balram
36. "Ramayan" (1986) TV Series .... Hanuman
37. Sajna Sath Nibhana (1986) .... Joseph
38. Mard (1985) .... Raja Azaad Singh
39. Aan Aur Shaan (1984)
40. Babul Da Vehra (1983)
41. Unkhili Muttiar (1983)
42. Main Intequam Loonga (1982) .... Ajay Kumar
43. Rustom (1982)
44. Guru Suleman Chela Pahelwan (1981)
45. Khel Muqaddar Ka (1981)
46. Chambal Ki Rani (1979)
47. Bhakti Mein Shakti (1978) .... Dyanu Bhakt
48. Dhyani Bhagat (1978)
49. Nalayak (1978) .... Pahelwan
50. Sone Ka Dil Lohe Ke Haath (1978) .... Nihalchand
51. Jai Bolo Chakradhari (1977)
52. Ram Bharose (1977)
53. Giddha (1976) .... Bhalwaan ji
54. Jai Bajrang Bali (1976)
55. Lambhardarni (1976)
56. Raakhi Aur Rifle (1976)
57. Sawa Lakh Se Ek Ladaun (1976) .... Kartar Singh
58. Dharam Karam (1975) .... Ustaad ji
59. Dharmatma (1975)
60. Warrant (1975) .... Pyaara Singh
61. Bhagat Dhanna Jatt (1974) .... Dhanna Jatt
62. Dukh Bhanjan Tera Naam (1974) .... Daku Daulay Khan
63. Har Har Mahadev (1974)
64. Kisan Aur Bhagwan (1974)
65. Zehreela Insaan (1974)
66. Hum Sab Chor Hain (1973)
67. Mera Desh Mera Dharam (1973)
68. Aankhon Aankhon Mein (1972) .... Pahelwan
69. Hari Darshan (1972) .... Bhagwan Shiv
70. Lalkaar (1972)
71. Mele Mitran De (1972)
72. Sultana Daku (1972)
73. Ramu Ustad (1971) .... Ramu
74. Tulsi Vivah (1971) .... Bhagwan Shri Shiv
75. Urr chala Jatayu (udd gaya popat)(1949) .... lead
76. Choron Ka Chor (1970)
77. Ilzaam (1970)
78. Mera Naam Joker (1970) .... Sher Singh
79. Nanak Dukhiya Sab Sansar (1970) .... Kartar Singh
80. Apna Khoon Apna Dushman (1969)
81. Toofan (1969) .... Badal
82. Balram Shri Krishna (1968) .... Balram
83. Jung Aur Aman (1968)
84. Chand Par Chadayee (1967)
85. Do Dushman (1967)
86. Daku Mangal Singh (1966)
87. Jawan Mard (1966)
88. Thakur Jarnail Singh (1966)
89. Boxer (1965)
90. Hum Sab Ustad Hain (1965)
91. Khakaan (1965)
92. Lutera (1965)
93. Mahabharat (1965) .... Bheem
94. Raaka (1965)
95. Rustom-E-Hind (1965)
96. Sher Dil (1965)
97. Sikandar E Azam (1965) .... Sikander (Alexander)
98. Tarzan and King Kong (1965) .... Tarzan's opponent
99. Tarzan Comes to Delhi (1965) .... Tarzan
100. Teen Sardar (1965)
101. Aandhi Aur Toofan (1964)
102. Aaya Toofan (1964)
103. Badshah (1964)
104. Dara Singh (1964) .... Dara Singh
105. Hercules (1964) .... Hercules
106. Samson (1964) .... Samson
107. Veer Bhimsen (1964)
108. Faulad (1963)
109. Rustom-E-Baghdad (1963) .... Dara/Rustom-E-Baghdad
110. King Kong (1962)
111. Jagga Daku (1959) .... Jagga Daku
112. Pehli Jhalak (1955)
113. Sangdil (1952)


References

  1. http://www.punjabilok.com/misc/movies/dara_singh.htm
  2. http://164.100.47.5/Newmembers/alphabeticallist_all_terms.aspx
  3. http://www.smashits.com/video/zoomin/86/interview-with-dara-singh.html
  4. John Molinaro, The Top 100 Pro Wrestlers of All Time, (Winding Stair Press: 2002), page 199.


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