“I fear only Parmaatma,” says ‘Great Khali’

via www.newindpress.com published on May 12, 2008

MUMBAI: Grappler Dalip Singh Rana or World Wrestling Entertainment’s ‘Great Khali’ says he’s only afraid of God and no one else.

“I fear only Parmaatma,” said Khali, who later voiced aloud ‘Ganpati Bappa’ to which the crowd returned ‘Morya’.

Khali was speaking at an event, ‘The Great Khali Live In Mumbai’, organised by a sports channel on Saturday night.

The first Indian world champion of WWE, standing seven feet three inches tall and weighing 190 kgs said he wrestles not for himself but for the country and would be happy if more Indians join him and bring greater glory to the country.

When asked as to what he felt was the best part of WWE, he said that he felt proud that he was from India. “Main Goron ki dhulai karta hoon (I beat up the white people) aur mere saath ek-do aur aajeyenge toh hum chak denge phatte (and if one or two more persons join me, we’ll do whatever it takes),” said Khali.

Khali and his wife, Harvinder Kaur, were welcomed with a huge applause by a crowd of over 15,000 people consisting mainly youngsters and Khali himself welcomed the crowds with ‘hello Aamchi Mumbai’.

There were cheers from all corners of the grounds when Khali welcomed the crowd in Marathi.

Khali advised the younger generation that they must take education seriously, refrain from drugs and make a good life while keeping their family happy and making their nation proud.

When asked if he liked any other sport than wrestling, Khali refrained from saying anything but acted as if he was swinging a cricket bat, with the crowds cheering him still further.

Khali, who has also acted in a film, said, “WWE was far more tougher than working for a film where you could take a shot and go and rest in the trailer but for WWE, one had to exercise, eat well, fight and even deal with injuries.”

When asked about his journey, the wrestler said it has not been easy. “After intensive body building for eight years, I went to the US for training. There I learnt the art of wrestling. Later, I went to Japan and joined a wrestling group. Training continued for a long time followed by a series of fights,” he said.

The secret of his strength, said Khali, who was recently promoted to the rank of inspector in Punjab police for his extraordinary feat, said, “I drink a lot of milk and exercise a lot.”

Also, when asked who was behind his success, he gave credit to his ‘Guru’ Ashutosh Maharaj, his parents and the Indian fans.

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