Indian actor and wrestler Dara Singh passed away on Thursday, July 12th, 2012 at 7:30AM from a cardiac arrest. 84-year-old Singh was admitted into the hospital on Saturday because of his ill health a then taken home by his loved ones on Wednesday, with the knowledge that his chances for survival were minimal. According to Vindoo Singh, Dara Singh’s son, the ill actor wanted to spend his last hours at home where Vindoo’s mother had the chance to be with Dara Singh in his last moments.
Of course thousands of fans and many politicians and Bollywood stars came to pay their respects to the beloved actor at his funeral. Senior actos like Chandrashekhar who got Dara Singh his first film, showed up as well as Abhishek Bachchan, Tabu, Sanjay Khan, Anu Malik, Fardeen Khan and Parmeet Sethi.
“I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing away of Dara Singh, who has been an inspiration and icon to many generations in our country,” Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said.
Politicians such as Kripa Shankar Singh also visited his residence, Vindoo Singh said calls also came in from stars like Amitabh Bachchan and Akshay Kumar as well as leaders like Sonia Gandhi to pay their respects for the late actor.
Vindoo Singh told the press:
“He is still wearing his famous smile and I want people to see him go that way . He lived like a king, I want him to go like one.”
In 1928 Dara Singh was born in Amritsar, where Singh’s youth was spent in wrestling tournaments as a professional wrestler. A career move in 1950 made Dara Singh the wrestler, into Dara Singh the actor! He appeared in dozens of Bollywood films where the trained athlete did his own stunts. He was best known for his portrayal of the Hindu God, Hanuman in the 1986 television series, “Ramayan.”
Later on Singh made another career change, this time he moved into politics! Singh served as a member of India’s upper house of Parliment, the Rajya, for the country’s Hindu nationalist opposition, the Bharatiya Janata Party, or BJP, from 2003 to 2009.
Vindoo Singh said that his father didn’t want anyone to know how ill he was, Singh describes his father with love and pride. Dara Singh was an open-minded individual who taught his children to be the same and encouraged them always be open with him. Vindoo Singh now looks forward to his father’s last film, Rajpal Yadav’s ‘Ata Pata Lapata’ to be released later this year, a film Dara Singh worked partially from home because his health began to weaken.
A legend has been lost and we too cannot wait to see Dara Singh’s last creation. We send our love and wishes to Dara Singh’s family may they stay strong in these harsh times.