Dara Singh was born on November 19, 1928 in Dharmuchak, a village in Amritsar district of Punjab in British India. He was very big since childhood and was encouraged by village elders to be a wrestler. He was 6'2” tall and his chest measured 53”. at the early ages of his life, he used to fight for princely states of British India for entertainment of royals and in 1948, he was invited for an invitation wrestling in Singapore. And here began his journey as a professional wrestler. In his career, he defeated Kingkong and George Zybisco and these victories made him a legend in wrestling world.
He entered Mumbai film industry and was ruling as a strongman in the industry for many years to come. At one point of time, he was the highest paid movie star in B grade films. His pairing with Mumtaz gave Indian film industry sixteen movies which were all super hits in their time.
He acted in innumerable number of movies most of them being being commercially successful In 1978, he established a film studio in Mohali, Punjab which was named as Dara Fiilm Studios which is still operational. He has also produced and directed many Hindi and Punjabi movies in his successful career.
When he was nearing 60 years of age, he appeared in the small screen as Hanuman in Ramanand Sagar's Ramayan and was an instant hit. His performance of Hanuman in the serial laid a benchmark in Indian TV scenario and no Hanuman in any other serial could achieve the heights of Dara Singh. He also acted in some other TV serials like Had Kar Di on Zee TV and Kya Hoga Nimmo Ka on Star Plus.
He breathed his last on July 12, 2012. he is highly respected for his principles and his simplicity.