Friday, 2 January 2009
Dara Singh (born November 19, 1928) is a Sikh wrestler and film actor from Amritsar, Punjab, India. Due to his physique he was encouraged to study Pehlwani, an Indian style of wrestling. Dara Singh was a favourite in wrestling tournaments in India. In addition to this he wrestled on invitation of the 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 including Stanislaus Zbyszko, and professional wrestlers in the United States. He then used his fame in films by making a number of B grade films that had him in the lead. Whilst doing so he also discovered the actress Mumtaz who made as many as 16 films with him. In the 1980's he starred in the TV epic Ramayan and the series was amongst the most widely viewed in history. To date 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 has also worked in some television serial shows, most notable is 'Had Kar Di' which was aired on Zee TV.