Holding a press conference in a luxurious five-star hotel in Mumbai, The Great Khali seemed calmer and relaxed contrary to his brand look of Terror.
The great khali who represents India In the World Wrestling Entertainment or more popularly the WWE has publicized this Indian giant as a man who has been lived like a tarzan and is brought up in the wild fighting pythons and Indian royal Bengal tigers. This is followed by the mammoth introduction of the giant’s stats that are 7 feet 3 inch height and weigh of about 420 pounds.
Khali calmly admits that he only fears GOD and no one else in this world.
For the past few years, his God has been kind to him. From an ordinary, vagabond stone-cutter by the name of Dalip Singh Rana in the nondescript Dhirana village of Himachal Pradesh, Khali became the first ever Indian to enter the WWE circuit. He had only dreamt of this fame while watching wrestling matches and knocking down stout men in kushti bouts as the neighborhood pehelwan. At 15, he was spotted by a senior Punjab police official who was enamored enough by his strength to offer him a job. That was when Khali’s real journey began.
“I gathered money from bodybuilding championships,” says the square-jawed 35-year-old who has won the Mr India title twice. He earned enough to go on a long, unpaid leave, and joined Japan’s All Pro wrestling club, where he was fondly known as the Giant Singh. Here, again, his frame came to the notice of WWE members, who rechristened him as The Great Khali after Goddess Kali. But Khali has his own theory behind the name. “I must be great,” he says, smiling.
Even on Friday, when he met some street kids from a Mumbai NGO, The giant seemed a bit tired of the media persons. He had entered cautiously, accompanied by his serene, gum-chewing wife and Graham, the white, tattooed security head of WWE, who reaches Khali’s chest. Graham looked tense as he tried to defend the mighty giant from the onslaught of jostling media persons and even say sorry to an angry photographer for accidentally kicking him in the process. While the cameramen, some mounted on chairs, fought among themselves in ways that WWE may not yet have invented names for, an apologetic Khali pleaded, “Let the kids enjoy. Their emotion shouldn’t be hurt. You (media) can meet me anytime but they can’t.” The organizers had to form a human chain to hold back eager cameramen, as Khali fielded questions from his most persistent audience—children.
Clearly, the humble giant, who loves kids, is a hit with them. Khali, who has acted in a Hollywood movie, was recently approached for the children’s Bollywood film Ramaa—The Savoir. “If the script is good, I will definitely sign,” Says Khali.
Times of India