Their are many actors who played the role of Hanuman in movies and TV serials. Even today, when we talks about this character, the first appearance which came to our mind is of Dara Singh.
Yes, Dara Singh was the first actor to play Hanuman on television. But he became so popular with this role, that people started worshiping him as Hanuman.
Dara has got this role coincidentally. In 1986, when Ramanand Sagar was casting his show, he called Dara and said, “Dara, you are playing Hanuman in my new TV serial.”
Dara Singh had earlier refused to do the roll by saying, “Sagar Saab, I am almost 60, cast a younger guy.”
But Ramanand Sagar did not listen to Dara and said, “You are perfect for the role of Hanuman.”
When Dara Singh played the role of Hanuman in ‘Ramayan’, then people starts consider him as a real Hanuman. Then, there came a time when Dara Singh’s photograph in his Hanuman avatar was placed in temples across Umargaon.
Dara Singh played Hanuman’s character four times on the screen in his entire career.
10 years before Ramayan, Dara played the role of Hanuman in the film ‘Bajrangi’. He also played the same character in BR Chopra’s ‘Mahabharat’ and V. Madhusudhan Rao’s Lav Kush.
Dara Singh was a professional wrestler before entering films. He was also a politician and became the first sportsperson to be nominated for the Rajya Sabha.
On 7 July 2012, Dara Singh was admitted into Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital following a massive heart attack. Two days later, it was confirmed that he had brain damage due to the lack of blood flow. He was discharged from hospital on 11 July 2012 and died the next day at his home in Mumbai.