Dara Singh Randhawa was an Indian professional wrestler, actor and politician. He started acting in 1952 and was the first sportsman to be nominated to the Rajya Sabha (upper house) of India. He worked as Hindi and Punjabi film producer, director and writer, and he acted in films and television. He is known for his role of Hanuman in film Bajrangi (1976) and in Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayan.
A talented and lively actor, Dara Singh was a professional Indian Wrestler. He was one of the most popular wrestlers of his times, who earned the World Wrestling Championship. In June 1983, he announced his retirement from wrestling. He was also called by Rustam-e-Hind, Iron Man of Indian Cinema and the original Muscle Man of Bollywood`.
The highly respected star also acted in a number of popular movies, for which he has received numerous awards. Few of his successful movies can be named as Darasingh: Ironman, Faulad, King Kong, Dil Apna Punjabi, Main Maa Punjab Dee, Jab We Met, Sheran De Putt Sher, etc.
He also owned a Film studio, which started functioning from 1980 and is situated at Mohali, Punjab. He was the first sportsperson to be nominated as a member of Rajya Sabha.