With wrestler-turned-actor Dara Singh in a critical condition in a Mumbai hospital after a cardiac arrest, residents of his native village Dharmoochak near Amritsar have been praying fervently for his early recovery.
A report from Mumbai said on Monday that the actor continued to be in a very critical condition. Doctors treating him said he was put on a ventilator and was undergoing dialysis since his kidneys too had stopped functioning.
The villagers have been keeping an eye on news regarding his health and want him to recover soon. A few villagers and his relatives residing in the village also went to a temple on Monday to hold prayers.
Talking to reporters, Baljit Singh, a nephew of Dara Singh, said, "The entire village loves Dara Singh. We want him to recover soon and visit his village. He has always inspired the youth to adopt wrestling and be in good health. And now, when he himself is not keeping good health, we are feeling bad."
Besides his roles in various films, people remember him for essaying the role of Hanuman in Ramanand Sagar's tele-serial 'Ramayan', he added.
Baljit said he would soon leave for Mumbai to see his uncle.
Darbara Singh, another resident of the village, said, "I have fond memories of time we spent together during childhood. He not only inspired me to take up wrestling, but also got me roles in a couple of films. It is hard to believe that someone who has remained so fit all his life is facing health problems. I wish him a speedy recovery and a long healthy life."
Jagir Singh, another of his friends, said he had spent a lot of time with Dara Singh and the entire village was praying for his health.
Youngsters Karaj and Sukhraj were effusive in their praise of the former wrestler, saying he had made the village proud by achieving so much. They said they hoped he would recover soon and pay a visit to his ancestral village.
They said they had not watched many of his films, but they loved his outstanding performance as god Hanuman in 'Ramayan'.
Meanwhile, wrestlers in Amritsar also prayed for Dara Singh's early recovery. They assembled at a local akhara holding pictures of Dara Singh and offered prayers.