Akshay Kumar who launched the book addressed the media & spoke length about his experience with Late Dara Singh & author Seema Sonik Alimchand. The launch saw the presence of- Vindu Dara Singh with his wife Dina Umarova, Rohit Verma, , Mukesh Rishi, Mamik Singh and many more.
Author Seema Sonik Alimchand says “Daraji once said ‘You have to become mud to work with mud’.. This sentiment became the foundation of my story DEEDARA”
The practicalities and strength based approaches that Late wrestler-turned-actor Dara Singh imbibed during his lifetime will now enrich young lives. “A book is your best visiting card” says Author Seema Sonik Alimchand who unveiled her book Deedara Aka Dara Singh, a book which will trace the remarkable story of Rustam-e-Hind Dara Singh, a man who epitomized unbridled masculinity, super human strength and incredible grit. He was the first Indian wrestler to fight the toughest in the world — King Kong, Ray Golden, Lou Thesz and Ray Apollon — and emerge as the invincible world champion.
The book “Deedara Aka Dara Singh” talks about the journey of a young Sikh boy called Deedara, who was pulled out of school to work in his father’s farm; who was coerced into a teenage marriage; who did petty jobs in Singapore; and finally strode like a lion into wrestling arenas across the world.
As one of the first stars of Hindi stunt films, Dara Singh mesmerized his audiences with his rugged looks. And in 1986, while essaying the role of Hanuman in the iconic TV series Ramayan, he was deified by the entire nation. Deedara aka Dara Singh! is a fascinating account of an extraordinary man, who started his life in the most ordinary way, but became an icon for an entire generation.
About the Author
Author Seema Sonik Alimchand was born and raised in Mumbai. Seema is the daughter of the renowned music composer, Sonik, of the musical duo, Sonik-Omi and is naturally drawn to the world of cinema. She is also the writer, presenter and producer of 100 Years of Hindi Film Music, a 13 CD album, which was released by HMV Saregama in 2014. A year later, in 2015, she wrote a biography of superstar, Rajinikanth, titled The Warrior Within.
Seema Sonik Alimchand is presently working on a number of books, from an adventure series to a romantic thriller.