Facts About Dara Singh Who Is 'The Real Sultan' Of Bollywood

A tribute to 'Sultan'! 

Facts About Dara Singh Who Is 'The Real Sultan' Of Bollywood
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In the current times, it has as if almost become a norm that to be an actor, you got to have a toned, muscular physique. It wasn't the case in the initial years of Indian cinema when talent alone was a reason good enough for your ticket to stardom. In that era, Dara Singh emerged as the trendsetter. Dara Singh introduced the concept of fitness to Indian cinema. A professional wrestler-turned-actor, who else ventured into politics in late years of his life, Dara Singh started acting in 1952 and was also nominated to the Rajya Sabha (upper house) of India. 

We bring to you some lesser-known facts about Dara Singh. Check them out here!

He was blessed with a chiselled body.

He was blessed with a chiselled body.

Dara Ji was born in Dharmuchak village in Amritsar, Punjab. Standing 6 ft. 2 in. with a chest measuring 53 inches, his body measured bigger than most Indian wrestlers then. 

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He stepped into wrestling in his teens.

He stepped into wrestling in his teens.
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Being blessed with an amazing physical stature, Dara Ji took up wrestling at a very young age. He competed and (most importantly) defeated various leading wrestlers across the globe, in professional wrestling.

The Pehalwan of Hindustan.

The Pehalwan of Hindustan.
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He first took up 'Pehalwani', an Indian art of wrestling before switching to professional wrestling.

His impeccable wrestling skills helped him earn laurels and accolades.

His impeccable wrestling skills helped him earn laurels and accolades.

He was just 26 when he first became the National Wrestling Champion in the year 1954.

Soon he started his acting career.

Soon he started his acting career.
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Soon Dara Ji decided to try his hands on acting and in the year 1952, he bagged his first Sangdil. In his initial phase in Bollywood, he worked as a stuntman and eventually in the year 1962 he was offered a lead role in the film King Kong.

Very few people know that...

Very few people know that...

In most of his films, Dara Ji was paired opposite Mumtaz. They were paired together in more than 15 films.

Despite acting in films...

Despite acting in films...
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He didn't give professional wrestling. In the year 1959, Dara Ji became the Commonwealth Champion by defeating champions like King Kong, George Gordienko, and John Desilva. Singh became the World Champion by defeating America's Lou Thesz in 1968.

He won the World Champion in the year 1968.

He won the World Champion in the year 1968.
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By defeating America's Lou Thesz in the year 1968, Dara Singh became the World Champion.

During a tournament held in Delhi in 1983...

During a tournament held in Delhi in 1983...
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Singh announced his retirement from Wrestling. 

He was an epitome of multi-talented soul!

He was an epitome of multi-talented soul!
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His scope of work in entertainment industry included producing, directing, writing & acting in films in Hindi and Punjabi film & television industry. 

Another feather in his cap.

Another feather in his cap.
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Dara Singh was the first sportsman ever to be nominated to the Rajya Sabha (upper house) of India. 

He's the real Sultan of B-Town.

He's the real Sultan of B-Town.
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Bestowed with titles like 'Rustam-e-Hind', 'Ironman of Indian Cinema' & 'The Original Muscle Man of Bollywood', Dara Singh is best known for his role of Hanuman in film Bajrangi (1976) and in Ramanand Sagar's Ramayan.

He even nailed it in his last Hindi film Jab We Met.

He even nailed it in his last Hindi film Jab We Met.
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The current generation though remembers and will always remember him as Kareena Kapoor's adorable grandpa in Jab We Met. 

Bollywood lost one of its gems in the year 2012, when Dara Ji took his last breath in July 12, 2012. Through this piece of article, we tried giving a tribute to this real 'Sultan of Bollywood'.

Did you know these facts about Dara Singh?