Sunday, September 23, 2012


Dara Singh was world renowned wrestler and world Cup Holder in wrestling.He was also well famed actor of Bollywood films for several decades.During the 60's and 70's he was the hero of large number of B grade Hindi films  and most of them were success at the box Office.Later he used to accept character roles and supporting roles.He was good for mythological roles like Lord Shiv,Bhim Sen,Hanumanji etc which boosted his popularity very high.
Dara Singh was born as Deedar Singh Randhawa  at a dusty village 'Dharmu Chak' of Amritsar District in Punjab to Parents Surat Singh and Balwant Kaur on 19Nov 1928.
He grew up as a stout young muscle man and went to Malaya(today's Malaysia) in 1947 at the age of 19  by the invitation of one of his uncle who was staying there.That uncle suggested him to take up Wrestling as a career.Within a couple of years he became Champion of Malaysia by beating Tarlok Singh who was another Indian expatriate and champion of Malaysia.
In 1952 he came back to India and tried to become the Champion of India.It was not a difficult task for him and soon he became the Champion of Punjab and Champion of Hindustan also.Then he tried for becoming the world Champion which also he achieved within a few years.
Meanwhile he was lucky to become a film actor unexpectedly.In 1952 itself when he returned to India from Malaysia he got a small role in the film 'Sangdil' which became a hit.Dara Singh got roles continuously from there on and in 1962 he became hero of the film 'King Kong' which was a very big hit film.In 1963 he partnered with actress Mumtaz and the audience loved the pair very much so that Dara Singh-Mumtaz pair appeared in 16 films which were all box office success films.
In several films he acted as Pahalwan,Tarzan,Thief etc but he was well accepted as mythological characters such as Lord Shiva,Bhim Sen,Hanumanji etc.In the very famous T.V.Serials 'Ramayan' of  Ramanand Sagar and
'Mahabharat' T.V.Serial made  by B.R.Chopra which was directed by Ravi Chopra he was Hanumanji.In the role as Hanuman he was very much appreciated by the viewers and he became very popular in every nook and corner of India.He could act in some other famous T.V.Serials for other channels also which earned him accolades.
Dara Singh proved his diversified talents by directing 7 Punjabi films and 2 Hindi films.His directional venture 'Bhakti Mein Shakti' ran at Delhi's Imperial cinema for record number of days.He was story writer of seven films and he produced eight  films.There was production banner 'Dara Films' which was established in 1970.He was the proud owner of  a film Studio also at Mohli in Punjab.

He acted in a Malayalam film, Mutharam Kunnu P.O. which was directed by Sibi Malayil in 1985 and in 1986 he appeared in a Tamil film of Rajanikanth-Ambika pair by name "Maveeran'.
Out of the films he acted in his career several films  were blockbuster films like ' Anand' of Rajesh Khanna in 1971,Mera Desh Mera Dharam produced by himself,Dharmatma' of Feroz Khan,'Karma' of Dilip Kumar,Ajooba produced by Shashi Kapoor,'Kal Ho Naa Ho' of Sharukh Khan etc.
His last Punjabi film was 'Dil Apna Punjabi' and Hindi film was 'Jab we met'.
Dara Singh was nominated member of 'Rajya Sabha' from 2003 to 2009.
He passed away on 12 July 2012.
Selected Filmography
Pehli Jhalak
King Kong
Veer Bajrang
Dada Daku Mangal Singh
Jawan Mard
Do Dushman
Thief of Baghdad
Balram Sreekrishna
Choron ka chor
Mera Naam Joker
Tulsi Vivah
Hari Darshan
Dukh Bhanjan Tera Naam
Zehreela Insaan
Dharam Karam
Apna Khoon Apna Dushman
Chambal ki Rani
Bhakti Mein Shakti
Ramayan T.V.Serial
Mahabharat T.V.Serial
Ram Shastra
Lav Kush
Hum le jayenge
Dharam Sankat
Border Hindustan Kaa
Dil Apna Punjabi
Jab we met

Wednesday, September 12, 2012


Venu Nagavally was  a writer and director of Several Luscious and Significant Malayalam Films.
Venu Nagavally was an intellectual personality who was noted for his humanitarian nature as well as his lovable,social and affable character.He was  
active as an Actor,Writer,Singer and Director  in the film industry.
Venu Nagvally was the son of famous literary writer Nagavally R.S.Kurup.Nagavally R.S.Kurup was the writer of more than 50 Malayalam  novels and plays.He wrote screenplays of several Malayalam films including the first neo-realistic film 'Newspaper Boy'.Nagavally R.S.Kurup  was employed at All India Radio and Venu Nagavally also started his career as an announcer of  All India Radio.
Venu Nagavally was born on 16 April 1949 to Nagavally R.S.Kurup and Rajamma.He took a degree in Politics from University College Trivandrum, and also done journalism diploma course before joining All India Radio.As an announcer  he was famous and loved by the audience for his nice  peculiar ways of presentation of programmes.
He sang a song for film 'Chottanikkara Amma' in 1976 as the first step to film field.In 1978 he acted in the film 'Ulkkadal' directed by K.G.George.The director who was from Pune Film Institute made the film brilliantly well so that it received accolades from critics and Venu Nagavally came to limelight.Later Venu Nagavally became part of almost all  artistic films and parallel cinemas which were largely made during those period and also he could act in so many commercial films also.
During the initial period of his  acting career,  films like 'Shalini Ente Koottukari', 'Meenamasathile Sooryan', "Chillu', 'Lekhyude Maranam oru Flashback', 'Yavanika', 'April 18'  etc all  earned him good appreciation.
'Shalini Ente Koottukari' was a fantastic film directed by Mohan in which the late film actress 'Sobha' was the heroine.Sukumaran,Sreenath,Ravi Menon and Venu Nagavally presented the important characters of that film.
'Yavanika' which is considered as a greatest mystery thriller of Indian films was directed by K.G.George which earned both critical acclaim and financial success.As the character 'Joseph Kollapally' a stage actor, Venu Nagavally acted nicely in this film.

In the film 'April 18' which was directed by Balachandra Menon, Venu Nagavally presented the character 'Advocate Thomachan' who was a close friend of hero character.Advocate Thomachan helps to resolve the conflicts between hero and his father-in-law in this film.
In the 2004 film 'Sathyam' and  2005 film 'Pauran' which was directed by Sunderdas he handled the role as 'Chief Minister'.
In the 2009 film 'Bhagya Devatha' directed by Sathyan Anthikkad  he acted as the father of heroine character 'Daisy(Kanika)'.As the father-in-law of hero character  Benny, (Jayaram),  he was not able to maintain the  promise to give five lakhs rupees.The consequences there to was the theme of the film.
In the last film 'College Days' which he acted in 2010, he took the role as the father of hero character 'Rohit Menon(Indrajit).

As a director, his entry to the Malayalam film arena  was  in 1986,  with the film 'Sukhamo Devi' which was considered as an intellectual work.Next venture was "Sarvakalasala' which was a 'College Campus' film in which Mohan Lal was presented as 'Lalettan' and thus Mohan Lal, the Superstar of Malayalm Films became 'Lalettan' of all youngsters and Youth for ever and still he is affectionately and lovingly known like that.
'Lal Salam' which was a political film of 89, in which Mohan Lal and Murali were in Key roles was a commercial big success also.The phrase "Theepetti undo Sakhave oru Beedi tharan" became very popular.
'Aye Auto' which was released in 90 was a blockbuster success film in which Mohan Lal and Rekha were  the pair as Sudhi and Meenukutty.Mohan Lal as the auto rickshaw driver Sudhi and Rekha, Meeakshi a college student manifested superb acting skills.The songs also became very popular.
'Ayirappara' of 93 was written by his father Nagavally R.S.Kurup in which Mammootty was the hero and he got Best actor award.
98 film 'Rakthasakshikal Sindabad' was also a film of political theme in which Suresh Gopi was the hero.
'Agnidevan' which was released in 95 was a musical drama in which Rohini Hattangadi also acted.
As a writer he was well appreciated for the film 'Kilukkam' of 1991 which was directed by Priyadarshan.It was a big success in which Mohan Lal and Revathy
acted in main roles.
Venu Nagavally left this world on 9 September 2010.
(As an Actor)
Shalini Ente Koottukari
Akalangalil Abhayam
Prasnam Gurutharam
Lekhyude Maranam Oru Flashback
April 18
Panchavadi Paalam
Arante Mulla Kochu Mulla
Uyarum Njan Nadake
Meenamasathile Sooryan
Adhyayam Onnu Muthal
Sunil Vayassu 20
Oru Katha oru Nunakatha
Deepangal Sakshi
Anchil oral Arjunan
College Days
(As a Director)
Sukhamo Devi
Sarva Kalasala
Lal Salam
Aye Auto
Kizhakkunarum Pakshi
Rakthasakshikal Zindabad
Bharya Swantham Suhruthu
(As a Writer)
Sukhamo Devi
Aye Auto
Kizhakkunarum Pakshi
Bharya Swantham Suhruthu