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In pics: The legend of Dara Singh

July 9, 2012, 7:02 pm
  • In pics: The legend of Dara Singh
  • The 83-year-old wrestler-actor Dara Singh was taken to the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital lately following a severe cardiac problem. He continues to be very critical.
  • In pics: The legend of Dara Singh
  • Dara Singh was born in November 1928 in village Dharmuchak of Amritsar, Punjab.
  • In pics: The legend of Dara Singh
  • Dara Singh learnt the Indian style of wrestling. He was a favourite at wrestling tournaments in India. His massive physique helped him a lot in his wrestling days.
  • In pics: The legend of Dara Singh
  • Dara Singh also competed against some of the most popular professional wrestlers in United States.
  • In pics: The legend of Dara Singh
  • In 1947, Dara Singh defeated Tarlok Singh in Kuala Lumpur and became the Champion of Malaysia in Indian style wrestling.
  • In pics: The legend of Dara Singh
  • After touring all far-east countries as a professional wrestler, he returned to India in 1952 and became the Indian Champion in 1954.
  • In pics: The legend of Dara Singh
  • Dara Singh soon became an internationally known name. He became the Commonwealth Champion in 1959.
  • In pics: The legend of Dara Singh
  • He visited many countries and defeated their best of the wrestlers. He retired from wrestling in the year 1983.
  • In pics: The legend of Dara Singh
  • Dara Singh has nearly 500 professional fights to his credit. Many former Indian Prime Ministers also visited his fights.
  • In pics: The legend of Dara Singh
  • Dara Singh, who won the title of 'Rustam-e-Hind' for his wrestling prowess, entered the film world in the 1960s.
  • In pics: The legend of Dara Singh
  • Thanks to his physique, Dara Singh was known as Bollywood's action king in 1960s and 1970s.
  • In pics: The legend of Dara Singh
  • Bollywood actress Mumtaz is one of his most important finds. He has done 16 films with her.
  • In pics: The legend of Dara Singh
  • Much before Salman Khan, Dara Singh started the trend of taking off his shirt on screen.
  • In pics: The legend of Dara Singh
  • He acted in many Bollywood films as a lead hero. He also tried his luck in directing.
  • In pics: The legend of Dara Singh
  • He appeared in various films like 'Watan Se Door', 'Daada', 'Rustom-E-Baghdad', 'Sher Dil', 'Sikandar E Azam', 'Raaka', 'Mera Naam Joker' and 'Dharam Karam'. He was last seen in 'Jab We Met', released in 2007.
  • In pics: The legend of Dara Singh
  • He has also done TV serials and is best known for his portrayal of Hanuman in 'Ramayan'.
  • In pics: The legend of Dara Singh
  • Dara Singh also acted in a TV show 'Kya Hoga Nimmo Ka' in 2006.
  • In pics: The legend of Dara Singh
  • Dara Singh is in Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, Mumbai. He is now undergoing dialysis.
  • In pics: The legend of Dara Singh
  • He was hospitalised on Saturday, but his condition hasn't improved since then.
  • In pics: The legend of Dara Singh
  • "His kidneys are not functioning the way they should, so we have to put him on dialysis," Ram Narain, COO, Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, said lately.
  • In pics: The legend of Dara Singh
  • In pics: The legend of Dara Singh
  • In pics: The legend of Dara Singh
  • In pics: The legend of Dara Singh
  • In pics: The legend of Dara Singh
  • In pics: The legend of Dara Singh
  • In pics: The legend of Dara Singh
  • In pics: The legend of Dara Singh
  • In pics: The legend of Dara Singh
  • In pics: The legend of Dara Singh
  • In pics: The legend of Dara Singh
  • In pics: The legend of Dara Singh
  • In pics: The legend of Dara Singh
  • In pics: The legend of Dara Singh
  • In pics: The legend of Dara Singh
  • In pics: The legend of Dara Singh
  • In pics: The legend of Dara Singh
  • In pics: The legend of Dara Singh
  • In pics: The legend of Dara Singh
  • In pics: The legend of Dara Singh