By Amanda Stringfellow @amanda_l_s

A PROFESSIONAL WWE wrestler has left the glitzy world of Hollywood behind to train the next generation of India's wrestling superstars

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Learning from the best: Khali teaches a move to the young wrestlers

The 7ft 1in giant, known as the Great Khali, has returned to his roots by setting up a wrestling academy in a small village in Kaganiwal, India. 

Born Dalip Singh, the 42-year-old left India in 2000 for stints in the US, Japan and Mexico. 

WWE: Wrestler The Great Khali was born in India as Dalip Singh

But his big break came in 2006, when he became the first Indian pro wrestler to sign a contract with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) - becoming the world heavyweight champion the following year. 

The next generation: Khali poses proudly with a group of his wrestling students

Khali starred in four Hollywood films and several TV series - but now has his sights set on passing on his gifts to his pupils. 

Humble beginnings: 'The Great Khali' during his early wrestling days

Determined to mold the next generation of WWE wrestlers, Great Khali teaches 50 students - including two women - how to dominate on the mat.

The master in action: Khali during his WWE wrestling career

He hopes to send three wrestlers from his gym, in Kaganiwal village in Punjab's Jalandhar district, to the WWE each year.

'SLAM': Two young wrestlers practice in the ring

Khali, whose overwhelming physique led to his Hollywood appearances, charges his students fees of £150 per month to train the aspiring wrestlers.

High hopes: Khalil hopes to send three wrestlers from his gym to the WWE each year

And the former star has a tough attitude towards his prospective students.

He said: “WWE is a very tough game, not easy. But if someone has understood the game, it’s possible to be a great success. 

Sporting pedigree: Khali with former undisputed heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson
Star studded: The WWE pro poses with Hulk Hogan

“If you like it, you can stay, but if you can’t manage, then you should leave."

On the ropes: Khali stands in the ring at his wrestling gym

One of Khali’s students, Rita Rani, is hoping to forge a career as a female WWE wrestler.

World Champion: Khali in his glory days

She said: “Now that Sir Khali is here, it’s good news. 

“He is the godfather of India, he has opened up an academy and is helping out girls. 

Flex: The wrestler shows off his muscly physique

“He has so much respect for women.”

Three of his students have already made it to WWE, earning annual contracts of over two million US dollars.

Back to his roots: Khali left the glitzy world of Hollywood to set up a wrestling academy in a small village

“There’s demand for this everywhere. India is a massive market in this field. Indian wrestlers are sought after,” he said.

The wrestling academy, Continental Wrestling Entertainment in Kaganiwal village, India

“I want to do something for my own country. I want to share the knowledge I have.

“I want to make thousands of Khalis.”