He fought over 500 professional fights and never lost any fight. This is something very extra-ordinary not everyone can achieve in the world of wresting, especially in India. Dara Singh was the only legend who took Indian wrestling to international level and even created a name and status of Indian wrestling at world stage.
After becoming champion in 1954, he was given title of 'Rustam-E-Punjab' and 'Rustam-E-Hind', according to various media reports. He faced the most dangerous fighter of his time, King Kong, who believed that nobody could defeat him. But our superhero did not spare him. My uncle told me his story as he had watched Dara Singh on Television fighting against Dara Sigh. "King Kong ko koi hara nahi sakta tha tab aur humne tv pe dekha ki Dara singh jo King Kong upar utha liya aur jo patki di to wo saare khaane chitt." This is a proof that Dara Singh has spread his charisma all over the youngsters of country. He is the only inspiration for today's young wrestlers like Khali and Sushil Kumar.
Dara Singh was brilliant in acting as he was in wrestling. He started his acting career in the year 1961 and never looked back after that. He did over 100 films in five decades. He was a super action hero in 1960s and 1970s.
He worked in many famous films like Sikander-e-Azam, Mera naam Joker, guest appearance in Anand, Rustam, Karma with Dilip Kumar and many more films. But the most famous and unforgettable role of Dara Singh is of 'Hunaman' in Ramanand Sagar's Ramayan which filled the hearts of all Indians with respect and reverence for Singh that he was always called as Hunuman.
I as a kid remember my first superhero. After that many people tried their talent in the role of Hanuman and even Vindu Dara Singh, son of Dara Singh also tried this role but for us original Hanuman was only Dara Singh and will always be.
He was last seen on screen in the movie 'Jab We Met' as a grandfather of cute Kareena Kapoor and before that his energetic role as Chaddha Uncle of Kal Ho Na ho in his late 70's was really praiseworthy. It is also hard to forget the ever smiling face of Deedar Singh Randhawa aka Dara Sigh who left us with many memories to share. RIP.