- A famous wrestler, active from 1946 until 1983.
- Started his acting career in Sangdil (1952), mostly playing in stunt films for the next years.
- Played alongside Mumtaz in 16 Hindi films in the 1960s.
- Founded Dara Studio in 1978, which in 1980 became a film studio.
- The first sports person to be nominated to the Rajya Sabha, India's upper house of parliament, where he served from 2003 until 2009.