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Bollywood’s tryst with Hanuman-Entertainment News , Firstpost

Subhash Ok Jha takes a  have a look at the assorted actors who performed Hanuman in cinema and on tv.

Hanuman has all the time been a favorite character from the Ramayan. Without him, Rama wouldn’t have been in a position to conquer Ravan and convey Sita again to Ayodhya. Hindi cinema for a really very long time targeted on different pivotal characters from the Ramayan and sidelined Hanuman till Dara Singh got here alongside to present Hanuman the pleasure of place he deserves.

The first noticeable Hanuman in Indian cinema was performed by an unknown actor named Pal Sharma in Babubhai Mistry’s 1961 mega-hit Sapoorna Ramayan the place mythological cinema’s favorite Pauranic pair Mahipal and Anita Guha performed Ram and Sita. Pal Sharma left a  nice impression as Hanuman. He was the primary actor in Hindi cinema to make a mark as Hanuman.

Not till Dara Singh got here alongside did Hanuman will get his due in Hindi cinema and on tv. Such was the all-pervasive impression of Dara Singh’s Hanuman in Ramanand Sagar’s long-running  Doordarshan serials Ramayan that he turned the face of Hanuman in quite a few Hindu households and the calendar impression of Hanuman.

“Devotees of the true Hanuman would fall at my ft once I went out into the general public. I protested very strongly towards this deification. ‘Arrey Bhai Hanuman nahin hoon. Main sirf Hanuman ka kirdaar nibha raha hoon’ I might  plead with them. But to no avail. They insisted I used to be the true Hanuman and put up my {photograph} of their puja rooms, and so forth,”  Dara Singh mentioned.

From then on Dara Singh was the face of  Hanuman. Interestingly in 1966, there was a movie on Hanuman titled Veer Bajrang and although Dara Singh was within the solid he didn’t play Hanuman. It didn’t begin with Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayan both. That got here a lot later.

In 1976  the very reputed director Chandrakant made a function movie referred to as Bajrang Bali the place he solid Dara Singh as Hanuman. The movie was a blockbuster, one thing as huge as Jai Santoshi Maa, and Dara turned a family title as Pavan Putra Hanuman.

Eleven years later, Dara Singh landed the function of Hanuman in Ramanand Sagar’s historic mythological. Producer-director Ramanand Sagar had a dream by which he noticed Dara Singh as Hanuman. Dara, then pushing 60, was nonetheless an lively wrestler and as match as a fiddle. He took to the function as if his personal.

After  Dara Singh’s demise, his son Vindu Dara Singh was solid within the function of Hanuman within the tv sequence Jai Veer Hanuman. He additionally performed Hanuman in director Ok Raghvendra Rao’s Telugu hit Sri Ramadasu in  2006.

But after Dara Singh, essentially the most memorable Hanuman was performed by a Muslim actor. In the tv serial Siya Ke Ram, Danish Akhtar Saifi, a wrestler turned actor like Dara Singh, develop into a family title as Hanuman.

Two different attention-grabbing although failed fashionable interpretations of Hanuman have been portrayed by Satish Shah in Manoj Kumar’s Kalyug Aur Ramayan and Govinda in Mani Ratnam’s Raavan.

Says  Govinda, “It was a really unusual interpretation of Hanuman. Mujhe baad mein pataa chala ke primary Hanuman play kar raha tha. I might like to play an actual Hanuman in an genuine tackle the Ramayan.”

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