Hanuman leaves a vacuum in Indian TV…

13 Jul,2012

By Meghna Sharma

 

Remember those Sunday mornings when the whole nation was glued to their television sets? No, we aren’t talking about Satyamev Jayate, but about a show for which the country stood still – Ramayan.

 

The characters were larger than life and people prayed in front of their TV sets to please the gods. Apart from Ram and Sita, one character which is still fresh in people’s memories is Hanuman, played by none other than the wrestler-turned-actor Dara Singh.

 

The 6.2 feet tall, strong-built man known as a ‘gentleman’ departed from this world yesterday morning, leaving a gap which will never be filled by any one else.

 

As the nation bid goodbye to Dara Singh, who died in his home following a brief illness, his fans – from ministers to common man – were talking about their beloved ‘Hanuman’. Many took to social networking sites to pay tribute to their hero. The late actor was among the top five trends on microblogging site Twitter.

 

Dara Singh as Hanuman in Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayan (Pic source and courtesy: www.sagartv.com)

Here what a cross-section from the industry tweeted about the loss:

Ashok Lalla: Dara Singh. The 70mm pehelwan and one-man @WWE industry long before it was invented.

 

Sneha Rajani: Met him just once, that too in the early 80s…but etched in my memory forever. Such was his impact. RIP Dara Singh ji

 

Cricketwallah: Dara Singh earned more money & became more famous thru films but it was in the ring that he was the undoubted star. Remember aeroplane spin?

Tanuj Garg: RIP Dara Singh, the real He-man.

 

Rajdeep Sardesai: Maybe we need Dara Singh back in the parliament. Might ensure our MPs don’t jump in well of the house!

 

Satbir Singh: Dara Singh’s endorsement of Verka Ghee remains till date the only believable celebrity endorsement

 

 

 

Main Photograph: Fotocorp

 

 

 

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