For any Indian growing up in the 90's, one thing he couldn't miss was WWF's Monday Night RAW. The show boasted superstars like Triple H, Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock and of course The Undertaker.
While we all adored them, we never thought of being like them, did we? We would've loved to have the fame they had, probably their body also but that never inspired us to take up wrestling/lifting as a profession.
Enters this man from Raipur. He stands at a towering 6 feet, 5 inches tall and weighs 'just' 155 KGS. When he's not addressing the people or giving motivational speeches, he's showcasing amazing feats of his extraordinary superhuman like power by tearing telephone directories, rolling cars etc. So we'd like to tell you more about Manoj Chopra, India's strongest man.
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Note: Some Images are representational.
Manoj Chopra is India's strongest man, Asia's strongest man and ranks 14th in the list of World's strongest men and a record holder in Guinness Book of World Records. Not your average guy he is.
When Manoj was flipping through the TV channels one day, he stumbled upon the World's Strongest Man competition and was intrigued by it. He saw the daredevil stunts they were doing in the competition and was disappointed that there wasn't any Indian representative. And that's when he decided to take it up.
Chopra's journey to the pinnacle was full of troubles and challenges. He owned a travel agency in Bengaluru, which had six cars and one day, all of them crashed! During that phase, he realised that destiny had something else in store for him.
During the phase when his travel agency incurred a massive loss due to the crashings, he got so frustrated that he would get into fistfights. In one of them, he beat up his opponent so badly that he ended up in jail.
When WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) toured India, Manoj grabbed this opportunity and performed in front of big men. They were impressed, particularly Sting, who recommended him to the wrestling university in the USA.
If you thought that Manoj's first feats were in the realm of bodybuilding, think again. In 1986, at the age of 16, he won a male beauty pageant in his home city of Raipur. It is the one and only competition of this kind held there.
Manoj lived in Los Angeles for about 18 months as he was preparing to train for WWE events. During that time, he worked in gas stations, cleaned toilets and cars to support himself. He couldn't have proper 3 meals. The financial hardships forced him to give up on his dreams. He then returned to India.
Manoj is someone who loves shaping bright and young minds. Over the years, he's addressed over 3,000 scholars not only in India but also in Australia, Canada, and the USA.
Till date, he has visited over 200 prisons to motivate prisoners to live a better future. He says there are many youngsters who are behind bars because they made bad choices. He wants to help them reform and revive hope in them.
Oh boy! He can wreak havoc. Some of the things he can break are:
b. Frying pans
c. Hot water bottles
d. Car number plates
There is hardly anything that can survive his wrath. This includes even a car.