During the shooting of Ramayana, Dara Singh had given up non-vegetarian food, used to do dialogues in his sleep – Henry Club

Former wrestler and actor Dara Singh entered the drawing rooms of many Indian homes with the role of Lord Hanuman. Ramanand Sagar’s epic television series Ramayan in 1987. But when the role was offered to the actor by Sagar, he could not believe that he was the right choice for Hanuman.

When Ramanand Sagar approached Singh for the role, he told the director that his body was not at its best. But, Sagar was adamant on casting Singh. In an earlier interview on YouTube channel Bollywood Aaj Aur Kal, Singh said in Punjabi, “Sagar sahab, this is not the age to play Hanuman. Now my body is not as healthy and shapely as it should be to play Bajrangbali. He told me, ‘I’ll test you and I’m sure you’ll still give your best.’ I did that role and it became such a huge hit. None of us expected it to be so successful.”

Dara Singh’s son Vindu Dara Singh had said that his father was so dedicated to playing the role of Hanuman that he used to hum his dialogues even in his sleep. At the same time, he also stopped eating non-vegetarian food as he was playing the character of Hanuman in the TV series.

In an interview with Koimoi, Vindu revealed, “My father had stopped eating non-vegetarian food when he used to shoot Hanuman character. After having breakfast, he used to prepare for his character for an hour. He didn’t eat anything during the day. During lunch he would either drink coconut water or drink some juice.

He said that Dara Singh removes his make-up and attire at the end of the day, and he used to say his dialogues in his sleep after reaching home. Vindoo shared, “My mother used to remind him that there is no shooting happening here.”

Before facing the cameras, Dara Singh received worldwide acclaim as a wrestler. He was addressed as Rustam-e-Hind by many. His last major role was in Imtiaz Ali’s Jab We Met where he played . had played the role of Kareena kapoor‘s grandfather. He died of a heart attack on 12 July 2012.