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Dara Singh Randhawa (born 19 November 1928) is a wrestler and Indian film actor. He was born in a Jat Sikh family of Punjabi background.

He was a wrestler before he started acting in Hindi films in 1962.

He was nominated member of Rajya Sabha by Bhartiya Janata Party during August 2003 – August 2009.

Singh is from the area near the village Dharmuchuk in District Amritsar, Punjab, India. Due to his physique he was encouraged to study Pehlwani, an Indian style of wrestling, in the milked sand wrestling pits called akhara. Dara Singh was a favourite in wrestling tournaments in India. In addition to this, he wrestled on invitation of kings of Indian princely states and wrestled frequently in haats and melas (fairs and carnivals). He successfully competed against some of the greatest names in wrestling history and professional wrestlers in the United States.

It is said that he defeated former world champion wrestler including Stanislaus Zbyszko. However this is questionable since the link for Zbyszko indicates that he retired in 1925 and Dara Singh was born in 1928. Even if Singh beat Zbyszko, he would have beaten a much older man.

Upon his return to India he held wrestling bouts across the country in the 1940s, '50s, and '60s, including a series of matches with Lou Thesz in the late '60s.[4] He made a large number of Hindi films which had him in the lead. One of his notable finds was the actress Mumtaz with whom he had performed in 16 Hindi films. He then went on to television in the 1980s and 90s where he played the role of Hanuman in the television adaptation of the Hindu epic Ramayan. He worked in some television serial shows, including Had Kar Di which was aired on Zee TV. He has acted in over 100 films. His latest Hindi movie is Jab We Met and his latest Punjabi movie is Dil Apna Punjabi. He acted in National Award winner film Main Maa Punjab Dee (Director Balwant Singh Dullat).

Singh retired from active wrestling in 1983. In 1996 he was inducted into the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame.

Singh is also the owner of prestigious Dara Studio at Mohali, Chandigarh, Punjab. Dara Film Studio was founded in 1978. The Studio is operational from 1980 as film studio. Dara Studio is a self-contained mini-city with every facility within the compound. They are a fully equipped Studio with Camera, Camera Equipment, Nagra Lights and all type of Extra Equipment like Stands, Trolleys, Cables for filming Movies, Serials & Pop Albums through out North India.
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