Meet Assam’s own 6ft 8in ‘Azeem Khali’, a local savior with a lofty dream.

Last update: 31 July 2022, 12:30 PM IST

The saying goes: When a car gets stuck in the mud, you need to call Ally, not the crane operator. (Credit: News18)

Inspired by Khali, 49-year-old Alai dreams of becoming like him, but for now that seems far from reality as most of his agricultural land has been washed away by the Brahmaputra river.

At 6 feet and 8 inches tall, Jeetan Dolly is undoubtedly the tallest person in his area. In fact, people often refer to him as Assam’s own ‘The Great Khali’ after the famous wrestler and powerlifter because of his height and strength, although Jeetan prefers to be known as Alai. Alai, a betel nut farmer from Junei in Assam’s Lakhimpur district, needs king-sized food to keep his body fit and to keep himself satisfied.

His diet includes two kilos of rice, one kilo of fish and an equal portion of meat along with 200 grams of hot chillies and other spices. Alai needs it for every dish for every meal. “When I’m hungry and I can’t stand my hunger, this is what I need to eat,” says Alai.

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Inspired by Khali, 49-year-old Alai dreams of becoming like her but currently that seems far from reality as financial constraints hold him back. Most of the agricultural land of Alai has been washed away by the flow of Brahmaputra river.

Height and physical strength have always been his advantage, and he lends his strength to the villagers as well. The saying goes: When a car gets stuck in the mud, you need to call Ally, not the crane operator. He easily carries a motorcycle on his shoulder or four sacks of cement to his workplace.

“I’ve been like this since I was a kid,” says Alai. “I love helping people.”

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