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Updated: May 2, 2010 16:43 IST

High and mighty

S. M. Aamir
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The great Khali (Dalip Singh Rana) during an interactive session with media, in New Delhi on Wednesday. Photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar.
The Hindu The great Khali (Dalip Singh Rana) during an interactive session with media, in New Delhi on Wednesday. Photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar.

What does Khali have for breakfast? How many bouts does he fight in a year? Find out in a freewheeling conversation

Ever wondered what does the 7 feet 3 inches tall,190 kilograms heavy Dalip Singh Rana, popularly known as Khali, have for breakfast, lunch and dinner? Well, just invite him home. As Khali said the other day, “Apne ghar khane par bulao to sab sahi sahi pata chal jayega,” only half in jest at a media interaction in New Delhi. In town to promote World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), a Ten Sports initiative, the great Khali talked freely about things the common man wonders about. “I do not get readymade clothes in the market. My shoe is a size 18. On flight I cannot travel economy class as I am too huge to fit into that space. I always have to travel business class.”

Khali started off as a stone crusher before joining Punjab police. There he tried his hand at various sports, including basketball and volleyball, but he was destined to make his mark in the world of freestyle wrestling. Over the past year he has fought 360 bouts, coming to almost a bout a day. He considers his match with Undertaker as his best and, according to him, Batista, John Cena and Triple H are really tough to fight. He reveals there is a downside to all the money and fame.

“I travel nearly 200 to 300 miles a day for my matches and promotions and end up eating junk food which is not good for me.” He adds, “Things are better when I am at home; my wife is a very good cook and she makes rice, dal and chapatis for me.” Khali, who appears a giant in comparison to almost all Indians, has spent considerable time in Japan fighting and worsting his opponents. Though Bollywood dreams are yet to realise, Khali is happy his unique ability has been tapped in by Hollywood filmmakers. His next film MacGruber is releasing on May 21 in the US. “I have a very interesting role. You will enjoy when you watch it,” is all he is willing to disclose. Meanwhile, he wants to catch up with childhood friends back in Haryana and Punjab.

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