Bollywood bids farewell to Dara Singh
Legendary wrestler-actor Dara Singh, 84, passed into the ages this morning after suffering from cardiac arrest and brain damage.
Several Bollywood stars took to Twitter to post condolences and bid farewell to one of the most good looking actors Bollywood has ever seen.
Shah Rukh Khan tweeted, "Wrestlers r made of sweat,determination & a hard to find alloy called guts...most apt for Dara Singhji our very own Superman.Will miss u sir."
Image: Shah Rukh Khan
Amitabh Bachchan, who'd worked with the late actor in films like Mard, wrote on his Twitter timeline, "T 802 - Dara Singh ji passed away this morning. A great Indian and one of the finest humans..An entire era of his celebrated presence gone!"
Image: Amitabh Bachchan
Photographs: Paresh Gandhi
Filmmaker/producer Mahesh Bhatt's post read, "Dara Singh passes away!Memories of this warm 'pehlwan' turned actor flicker in my memory.When childhood heroes die the world looks desolate."
Image: Mahesh Bhatt
Actor Manoj Bajpayee wrote a while ago, "The symbol of physical strength dara singh ji is no more with us now.may god bless his soul with peace!"
Image: Manoj Bajpayee with wife Shabana
Photographs: Pradeep Bandekar
Actor/filmmaker Rajat Kapoor too was among the first celebrities to tweet about Dara Singh.
He wrote: "RIP dara singh saheb- now hopefully we'll have a retrospective of his films.."
Image: Rajat Kapoor
Abhishek Bachchan, who also visited the late veteran's house, wrote: "Dara ji passes away. Had the honour of working with him in Shararat. The most gentle and kind man. Really looked up to him. Will miss him.
He was always so loving and gave the best hugs. Remember meeting him for the 1st time while dad was shooting Mard. Was convinced....
"That he truly was the only human who could not be pulled apart by even airplanes."
Actor Anupam Kher wrote : Dara Singh ji was LARGER than life but never made anyone feel dwarfed with his presence. The strongest and the humblest. A Hero All The Way.
Image: Abhishek Bachchan
Akshay Kumar posted: "Sad to know the great Dara Singh ji is no more. Some more goodness taken away from us... He was Hanuman for every kid and the God of all wrestlers, the original action hero who truly inspired me. May his soul rest in peace."
Kabir Bedi: "RIP DARA SINGH, Rustam-e-Hind, India's iconic wrestler, pride of Punjab, loved by all generations. We'll miss you deeply."
Pooja Bhatt too paid her respects: "To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die" RIP Dara Singh. My heartfelt condolences to Vindu,Amrik & the entire family."
Image: Akshay Kumar
Karan Johar wrote: "RIP DARA SINGH.....have the most heartfelt memories....."
Shirish Kunder: "RIP Dara Singh ji... The Original Indian Super Hero!"
Filmmaker Rahul Rawail: "The iconic Shri Dara Singh who led to the phrase "DARA SINGH" being coined to represent Valour and Strength. CHAMPIONS NEVER DIE."
Image: Karan Johar
Bipasha Basu: "RIP Dara Singh Ji! RIP to a top man"
Sunidhi Chauhan: "Extremely sad to hear about Dara Singh ji's demise.. Rest in Peace Sir."
Image: Bipasha Basu