Dara Singh Randhawa (born 19 November 1928) is a Jatt Sikh Punjabi wrestler and film actor basically from Village Dharmchuk, Distt Amritsar, Punjab, India. He is the current president of All India Jat Mahasabha. Dara Singh Randhawa 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.
Dara singh is from India’s state of Punjab. Due to his physique. e 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 States.
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 with whom he had performed in 16 Hindi films. 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 acted in National Award winner film MAIN MAA PUNJAB DEE(Director Balwant Dullat). 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 and also 3 daughters. 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
Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards
Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame (Class of 1996)
At the World Freestyle Wrestling competition in India in the early 1990s, the European ‘Man Mountain’ Jack faced the Indian world champion Dara Singh in the final. The competition was won in a bizarre manner. After a throw, Man Mountain put off his opponent by pointing, then kicked the Indian in a very sensitive area. He went down on the canvas. After the referee complained, Man Mountain assaulted the referee, resulting in his being sent to his corner. Dara Singh, slightly recovered, then seized a towel and brought down Man Mountain by wrapping it round his neck.
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.
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