Hundreds attend Dara Singh's funeral in Mumbai

Mumbai, July 12 (ANI): The mortal remains of legendary wrestler, actor and former lawmaker Dara Singh was consigned to flames at the Vile Parle cemetery here today in the presence of his relatives, friends and other well wishers.

Dara Singh, best known for his role as Hanuman in the television series 'Ramayan', passed away early this morning. He was 83.

Paying homage to Singh, Bollywood music director, Anu Malik said he shared strong relations with Singh and his family and added the film fraternity would always remember him.

"Dara Singh had led a long and illustrious journey. I am falling short of words while showering praise on him. I shared a very good relation with him and his son," said Malik.

Veteran Bollywood actor Manoj Kumar acknowledged Singh for his dedication and sincerity towards work.

"He was considered to be king of everyone's heart. He became a lawmaker in Rajya Sabha and worked there with dedication, hard work and honesty. He was an ideal friend, father, husband and son. He was also a symbol of humanity," said Kumar.

Bollywood actor Rajpal Yadav also expressed grief at the demise of the muscle man.

"The way he used to treat people shows that he was a great person because of his grand personality. We have come here to pay tribute and we will continue to remember him," said Yadav.

Dara Singh is survived by his wife and six children - three sons and three daughters. One of his sons, Vindu Dara Singh, is a known name in showbiz.

Dara Singh, who has over 500 professional fights to his credit, played the role of Hanuman in the television adaptation of the Hindu epic Ramayan. He also worked in some television serial shows, including Had Kar Di, which was aired on Zee TV.

He has acted in over 100 films. His last Hindi movie was Jab We Met, and last Punjabi movie was Dil Apna Punjabi. (ANI)