Few could have made the transition from the 'akhara' to the stage of showbiz and met with success like Dara Singh did. He passed away at his home in Mumbai today morning at the age of 84 after a brief illness.
Singh managed to make the transition from the wrestling ring to the big screen and later television screens with enormous success. He went from playing a muscle man to hero and later made the transition to roles like uncle, father and friend in numerous character roles that endeared him to generations of fans.
A wrestling hero to some and a much loved cine artist to others, it was a long and eventful life that triumphed many odds. After the news of his death, many celebrities tweeted their lasting memory of Dara Singh.
Here are some of the tweets:
Amitabh Bachchan: 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 !
Sushma Swaraj: It is very painful to know about the sad demise of Shri Dara Singh ji. He distinguished himself not only as a sportsperson but also as an Actor and a Member of Parliament.
Sushma Swaraj: He was a legend in his life time. Yet he was very simple and humble. May his soul rest in peace.
Ajay Maken: Sad that Dara Singh, a wrestler,actor and a symbol of Strength 'The Hanuman' no more. RIP
Anand Mahindra: Rare when an individual's name becomes an idiom..During my schooldays, any strong guy was a 'Dara Singh' May he find new rings to wrestle in
Mahesh Bhatt: Dara Singh passes away! Memories of this warm 'pehlwan' turned actor flicker in my memory.When childhood heroes die the world looks desolate.
Raj Kundra: RIP Dara Singh ji. He was the original action man! Iconic, an idol to all Indian wrestlers and fighters. He still remains an inspiration!
Sanjay Manjrekar: Sad to learn of Dara Singh's passing away..for our generation, strength meant 'Dara Singh'