Most legendary a figure in the field of wrestling and cinema, Dara Singh Randhawa, breathed his last at his residence in Juhu, Mumbai, yesterday in the morning hours. Suffer as he did from a heart attack on the last 7th July, he was admitted to a local hospital in Mumbai but after a few days when his condition worsened he was rushed back to his home as was his wish. He had told his family members that he wanted to die peacefully at home. There he bade adieu to this world. In him the country has lost a doyen who was much unique a personality in so many ways. He was the first one globally who never lost a single match in wrestling, and he was equally the one who was the first to set the ball rolling for action films. It was only after he made a debut in the films that action theme was generated and gained momentum to assume the present day macho action where almost all the actors in the Bollywood are in tough competition with each other today. Whatever he performed in which ever way was a master piece. He was virtually a trend setter.
I met him for the first time at Balrampur (U.P.) in the year 1956 when I was doing my graduation. He visited there as a participant in a wrestling bout and was the VIP guest at the local European Guest House. Myself joined by other students met him there. We found him bubbling with energy and enthusiasm as if he held the entire world in his fists. We became friends. We met again two times at Kanpur itself where he visited to attend the wrestling events of a greater magnitude defeating certain big stalwarts. There after we met several times at Mumbai where I was a frequent visitor. We also met on a number of occasions in the aircraft and different airports during our journey. He was a great celebrity but he was a great human too, docile, humble, honest and affectionate. The world of wrestling and also films looks pretty empty without him.