Legend Dara Singh

Legend Dara Singh- Height, Career, Family And Other Information

Know about Legend Dara Singh, his Height, Career, Family And Other Information along with his 14 interesting facts.

Introduction to Dara Singh:


Team Being Fit is here with an autobiographical article on the legend Dara Singh, to pause and look at the life of a veteran wrestler who later became an actor and politician.

Dara Singh Randhawa but born on 19 November 1928 as Deedar Singh Randhawa.

Long before professional wrestling like WWF and WWE  was a sports entertainment solution broadcasted to millions across the world, long before The presence of wrestlers like Great Khali and Jinder Mahal represented Indian hopes, the country already had a name called Dara Singh echoing nationwide in every household.

Legend Dara Singh

Dara Singh Randhawa, an excellent wrestler, emerged from the wrestling mat to the wrestling ring, in the process endearing him to millions across the globe. He also had a successful acting phase— he is widely acclaimed as India’s first action hero in Bollywood— and joined politics as well.


Dara Singh’s Career Trajectory: 


#1 As a wrestler


Legend Dara Singh


Dara Singh was born to a Jat-Sikh family at Dharmuchak village in Amritsar. His family was traditionally into farming.

At a very early age, Dara Singh had to quit their studies and contribute to farming with their family. He was also pulled into a child marriage with Bachno Kaur, an elder woman whom he later divorced and married Surjit Kaur in 1961.

Later Dara Since in 1947 let for Singapore and did menial jobs at a drum manufacturing mill. It was in Singapore that he met his mentor, Harnam Singh, who aided and motivated the 6’2” tall Dara Singh to join wrestling.

In 1954, Singh won the Rustam-e-Hind title after defeating Tiger Joginder Singh. He later in 1959, also won the Commonwealth championship.

Later Dara Singh enrolled on professional wrestling.  In his around 500 fights career, apart from winning numerous championships, Singh had also defeated many international big champions such as the popular Australian wrestler King Kong in 1956 and the world champ American wrestler Lou Thesz in 1968. In 1983, Dara Singh took retirement from wrestling.

Dara Singh died six years later due to a heart attack in 2012, Dara Singh was paid tribute by adding him to the World Wrestling Entertainment’s hall of fame in 2018

#2 Dara Singh The Indian ‘He-Man’


Legend Dara Singh


The strong physique of Dara Singh made it easier for him to be portrayed as the first-all-action hero and the country’s first He-Man. As he started his career in Bollywood with a supporting role in Dilip Kumars -Madhubala starrer Sangdil (1952). Dara Singh was stereotyped into such roles and it’s alleged that he was forced to act in a movie called King Kong in 1962.

Most of Dara Singh’s roles revolved around him playing action heroes for the first two decades. For instance— Rustam-E-Baghdad (1963), Faulad (1963), Hercules (1964), Sikander-E-Azam (1965), Rustom-E-Hind (1965), and Boxer (1965).

After playing lead with similar roles in Bollywood movies Dara Singh reinvented himself, in a self-directed movie Nanak Dukhya Sub Sansar, which was based on the partition tragedy.

Dara also acted in TV shows such as

  • Had Kar Di
  • Kya Hoga Nimmo Ka
  • Ramayan

But the most famous and appreciated TV role that he played was the character of Lord Hanuman in Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayan, a very popular show aired in 1987-88 on Doordarshan.

Dara Singh in later life made many guest appearances in Bollywood movies like:

  • Raj Kapoor’s Mera Naam Joker (1970)
  • Ajooba (1991)
  • Dillagi (1999)
  • Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003)
  • Jab We Met (2006)

Jab We Met was also his last Bollywood movie which did really well in the market.

#3 As a politician


Legend Dara Singh


Though Dara Singh was a wrestler-turned-actor, he did participate in politics. In 1998 he was a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

He became the first nominated member of the Rajya Sabha person from the sports category in 2003. Dara Singh remained a Rajya Sabha MP till 2009. He was president of All India Jat Samaj and Bombay Jat Samaj.


Dara Singh & Family:


Legend Dara Singh


Mother – Balwant Kaur

Father – Surat Singh Randhawa

Brothers – Sardara Singh Randhawa

First Marriage with Bachno Kaur, 1937 (divorced)

Second Marriage with Surjit Singh Kaur,1961

One Son with Bachno Kaur named: Parduman Randhawa

5 children with Surjit Kaur


Daughters named: Sons Named:
Deepa Singh Virender Singh Randhawa
Loveleen Singh Amrik Singh Randhawa
Kamal Singh


Dara Singh Physical Characteristics:


1. Height In centimeters- 188 cm

Meters 1.88 m

In Feet & Inches 6’2

2. Weight In Kg 130

In Pounds 287 lb

3. Body Measurements Chest: 52 inches

Waist: 38 inches

Biceps: 18 inches

4. Eye Color Dark Brown


Legend Dara Singh
Titles Earned by Dara Singh:


  1. Iron Man Of Indian Cinema
  2. The original Muscle Man of Bollywood
  3. He-Man of India
  4. Action King of Bollywood
Dara Singh’s & Other Information:


Death: He died at the age of 83

Cause of Death: Cardiac arrest

Zodiac sign: Scorpio

Nationality: Indian

Biography: Deedar Singh by Seema Sonik Alimchand


Dara Singh in Brief:


1. Dara Singh & Wrestling  (1946-1983)

Won Professional Indian Wrestling Championship in 1953.

Rustom-E-Hind in 1954

Commonwealth champion in 1959

Rustom-E-Punjab in 1966

Rustom-E-Jamaa (World Champion) 19 May, 1968-1983

Fought and won more than 500 wrestling

2. Dara Singh & Acting (1950-2012)

Acted in 118 films

Produced 3 films

Directed 9 films

Received Best Actor Award for Jagga Film by Government Of India, it was presented to Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi.

Famous Character of Hanuman in epic Ramayan

He was the first He-Man of Indian Cinema.

In 1964-1965 Dara Singh’s Films were on the box office for more than 24 cinemas in Mumbai. It was a record, one of the newspapers published that it has happened only with Dara Singh in History.

3. As a Politician 0r Member of (2003-2009)

First Sports Person to be nominated as Member of Parliament since August 2003-2009.

Committee on Human Resource Development since Feb. 2004-2006.

Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Youth affairs and sports from August 2004 onwards.

Committee on Information Technology from 2006 onwards.

of consultative committee for the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

4. President of:

All India Jat Mahasabha since 1997 onwards

Mumbai Jat Mahasabha from 2005 onwards.

Cine Artist Association since 2005.

5. As Social Worker:

In 1960, he helps to build Nehru Stadium in Guwahati by a collection of Rs. 110000/- throughout his wrestling events.

Dara Singh constructed a stadium in village Dharmu Chakh District Amritsar, (Punjab) by name of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Stadium. He did charity for motivating Indian Soldiers during the second world war with Pakistan, in 1965, to provide Rs.2300/_ cheque to honourable Defence Minister of India Sardaar Swarn Singh Ji. Legend Dara Singh motivates soldiers like this till 1969 and onwards.

He did charity and serve physically, socially, financially till he alive.


Quick 14 Interesting Facts about Dara Singh:


  • Dara Singh was born in Dharmuchak village in Amritsar, Punjab.
  • He was 6ft 2 inches tall with a 53-inch chest.
  • Due to his naturally strong built physique, he was pulled into wrestling at a very young age.
  • He started wrestling as a career option in amateur fights at fairs and markets.
  • His wrestling style was Pahalwani, an Indian wrestling technique that has been in practice for over 1,000 years.
  • Dara Singh has travelled across various Asian counties to compete in wrestling.
  • Dara Singh visited Singapore, where he was crowned as the Champion of Malaysia after he defeated Tarlok Singh.
  • Legend Dara Singh was awarded the National Wrestling Champion in 1954.
  • He defeated King Kong, George Gordienko and John Desilva and bagged the award  of Commonwealth Champion in 1959
  • Legend Dara Singh won titles Rustam-E-Hind and Rustam-E-Punjab.
  • President Giani Zail Singh and Rajiv Gandhi inaugurated the event of Dara Singh’s retirement event.
  • Dara Singh was a Bollywood as well as a Punjabi film director.
  • He was popularly called Hanuman.
  • He was also popular for He-Man of India.

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Bottom Line:


Dara Singh the ultimate wrestler, actor and politician is still giving inspiration to many Indians. He is a strong figure who leads an amazing life emitting the vibes of hard work and independence.

He is the hero we need to look up to before seeking anyone else as a role model, his contribution is great and immeasurable.


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