Dara's ancestral village in mourning
A pall of gloom descended on Dharmuchak, Dara Singh's ancestral village, on hearing the news of the wrestler-turned-actor's death in Mumbai today morning.punjab Updated: Jul 12, 2012 20:48 IST
A pall of gloom descended on Dharmuchak, Dara Singh's ancestral village, on hearing the news of the wrestler-turned-actor's death.
Even though Dara Singh's house in the village was locked as his nephew Baljit Singh had gone to Mumbai, villagers assembled outside it to mourn their hero's death. Villagers said Dara had last come here about three years ago. They felt the cremation should have taken place in the village.
Dara's cousin and next-door neighbour Darbara Singh (70), who worked in 10-12 films and learnt wrestling from him, said, "He was a great inspiration. Ever since childhood, he liked to be fit and healthy. With a good diet and a strict fitness regime, he was always a man on a mission. At the age of 25, he went to Singapore to learn the nuances of wrestling. He saw professional rings there after returned with the aim of becoming the best in the ring."
Darbara Singh said Dara's mother Balwant Kaur helped him realise his dream and also kept a close watch on his diet. "There was an akhara in the village, where we honed our skills. Dara motivated us all," he said.
"The government should open a school or a hospital in Dara's name in our village," Darbara added.
Another villager, Jasmel Singh, said, "It seems as if we have been orphaned. "Thanks to Dara, our village is known as 'Pehalwan da pind' (wrestlers' village)."
Another cousin, Jeet Singh, said Dara was unbeatable in the ring, but he lost the battle of life.