Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar launched the biography of renowned wrestler and actor Dara Singh on his 88th birthday.
Kumar unveiled the biography titled Deedara aka Dara Singh in which Seema Sonik Alimchand has chronicled the life of the legendary wrestler who was the first sportsperson to be nominated to the Rajya Sabha.
Dara Singh who went on to earn the title of ‘Rustom-e-Hind’, not only made a successful career in the field of wrestling but also in Bollywood. He was famous for his awesome physique and was the first actor to flaunt a well toned body on the big screen.
After working in some dozens of films, he is remembered for his portrayal of Lord Hanuman in the Ramayana television series. He was last seen as Geet’s grandfather in Imtiaz Ali’s ‘Jab We Met’.
Dara Singh’s life came to a tragic end in 2012 because of a cardiac arrest.
At the launch when Akshay was asked if he would like to ever play wrestler Dara Singh onscreen, Akshay said, “To be Dara Singh you need a wrestler’s body. I have to change my body for that. I have to expand a lot more on the chest side because Dara Singh was a huge man and I have to justify him completely.”
Akshay was candid enough to admit that he would need two years to put on the mass. “For that, I need atleast two years of training to put on that kind of bulk and look like a wrestler.”
Akshay also quipped that he will do the biopic only if the legendary wrestler’s son Vindu requests him to. “If Vindu requests me quite a lot then maybe I will do it,” joked Akshay.
To this Vindu rushed towards Akshay and hugged him saying there is no one better than him to play his legendary father onscreen.
Akshay Kumar will soon be seen in ‘Jolly LLB 2’, ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’and in Rajinikanth starrer ‘2.0’.