Stout Indian wrestler who had a prominent Bollywood career and earned a seat in India's Upper House of Parliament. He was inducted into the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame in 1996.
Sporting a large physique, he was encouraged to take up traditional Indian wrestling.
His brawny image earned him 150 movie roles including starring roles as Samson and Tarzan.
He was born into a farming family in a village near the Pakistani border. His son Vindu won the Indian reality series Big Boss in 2009.
His progression from bodybuilding to entertainment to politics closely followed that of Arnold Schwarzenegger.