Dara Singh: A Life In Pictures
Dara Singh, who passed away early this morning, lived a full and eventful life, as he aced in wrestling, films and television.
Here's looking at snapshots taken from various stages in the late veteran's life.
A brawny youngster, Dara Singh towered at 6 feet 2 inches and was encouraged to take up wrestling professionally early on.
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Image: Dara Singh
With wife Surjeet Kaur Randhawa
Dara Singh married Surjeet Kaur Randhawa in May 1961. They have five children, including actor Vindoo.
The couple is seen here attending an event.
Image: Dara Singh and Surjeet Kaur Randhawa
With costar and friend Mumtaz
Mumtaz starred opposite Dara Singh in as many as 16 movies, and became close friends in the process. Mumtaz's sister later married Dara Singh's brother.
Here, Mumtaz and Dara Singh are seen in the 1965 film, Rustom-E-Hind.
Image: Mumtaz and Dara Singh in Rustom-E-Hind
Dara Singh worked with veteran actor Pran in the 1975 drama Warrant.
The two were photographed deep in a conversation at a gathering.
Image: Dara Singh and Pran
Dara Singh in Mard
Long after Dara Singh was relegated to B-grade films, filmmaker Manmohan Desai cast him in a key role as leading man Amitabh Bachchan's father in his 1985 Mard as he 'couldn't picture anyone else play the role to perfection.'
Image: Dara Singh in Mard
The mighty Hanuman
However, Dara Singh's most memorable role ever remains the one where he played Hanuman.
Ramanand Sagar's 78-episode epic television show Ramayan that came out in 1987 gave his acting career a new leash of life. Many actors have portrayed Hanuman on screen since then but few could match Dara Singh's calibre.
Image: Dara Singh as Hanuman in Ramayan
With son Vindoo Dara Singh
Dara Singh poses for a picture with one of his sons, Vindoo, who's an actor himself and was recently a part of reality TV show Bigg Boss.
Vindoo, who was with his father when the end came, stated: "I don't want to cry and be down. I think I want to party. My mother won't understand that part. He lived a beautiful life. There would not be a single person on earth who can say anything bad or negative about my father."
Image: Vindoo Dara Singh and Dara Singh
With his grandson
Dara Singh poses with son Vindoo and grandson, Fateh Randhawa.
Image: Dara SIngh poses with his son Vindoo and grandson
With Anupam and Kirron Kher
Dara Singh poses with son Vindoo and Anupam and Kirron Kher at an event.
Image: Dara Singh with Anupam Kher, Kirron Kher and Vindu Dara Singh