Veteran actor Farooq Sheikh, 65, died late on Friday night due to heart attack in Dubai, while he was on a vacation with family.
He was 65. “He has passed away,” a family member said, without disclosing any further details.His body will be brought to Mumbai later in the day after completing the formalities in Dubai.He was best known for his films during the 1970s and 1980s. His major contribution was in Parallel Cinema or the New Indian Cinema.
Sheikh was best known for his roles in ‘Shatranj Ke Khiladi’, ‘Chashme Baddoor’, ‘Kissi Se Na Kehna’ and ‘Noorie’.His last film was ‘Club 60’ and before that he was seen playing the role of a father to Ranbir Kapoor in ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’. He acted in many serials and shows on television and performed on stage in famous productions. He also hosted the popular Zee TV show “Jeena issi ka naam hai” in which he interviewed many Bollywood celebrities.
Celebrities including Amitabh Bachchan and filmmaker Shekhar Kapur on Saturday expressed shock at the sudden demise of veteran actor Farooq Sheikh due to heart attack.
Farooq Sheikh or Farooque Sheikh (25 March 1948 – 28 December 2013) was an Indian actor, philanthropist and a popular television presenter. He is best known for his work in Hindi films from 1977-1989 and for his work in television between 1988-2002. He returned to acting in films in 2008 and continued to do so until his death on December 27, 2013. His major contribution was in Parallel Cinema or the New Indian Cinema. He has worked with directors like Satyajit Ray, Muzaffar Ali, Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Ketan Mehta.
He has acted in many serials and shows on television and performed on stage in famous productions such as Tumhari Amrita (1992), alongside Shabana Azmi, directed by Feroz Abbas Khan, and presented the TV show, Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai (Season 1).[ He won the 2010 National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for Lahore.He died on 27th December 2013 following a cardiac arrest.
Shaikh was born to Mustafa Shaikh, a Mumbai lawyer and Farida Shaikh in Amroli in Gujarat’s Baroda District near Naswadi village near Bodeli town. His family were Zamindars, and he grew up in luxurious surroundings. He was the eldest of five children. He went to St. Mary’s School, Mumbai and then to St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai. He studied law at Siddharth College of Law. Shaikh was married to Rupa Jain, whom he courted for nine years before tying the knot. The couple has two daughters: Shaista and Sanaa.
Farooq Sheikh died of a Heart Attack in Dubai on 27th December 2013. He was on a Holiday in Dubai with his family. His funeral will be held in Mumbai on 28th December 2013.
Farooque Sheikh, in his early days, he was active in theatre, doing plays with IPTA and with well-known directors like Sagar Sarhadi. His first major film role was in the 1973 film Garam Hawa where Farooq had a supporting role and leading man was Balraj Sahni. The film is credited for being a pioneer of a new wave of Hindi Art cinema. He went on to act in several notable films such as Satyajit Ray’s Shatranj Ke Khiladi (Chess Players) (1977), Noorie (1979), Chashme Buddoor (1981), Umrao Jaan, Bazaar, Saath Saath, Rang Birangi, Kissi Se Na Kehna (1983) and Biwi Ho To Aisi(1988). He formed a successful pair with Deepti Naval. He also did a slightly negative role in Katha, and in Yash Chopra’s Faasle. However his films between 1985-1997 were not successful at the box office.
In the 1990s he acted in fewer films and made his last few film appearance in Saas Bahu Aur Sensex (2008) and Lahore (2009), for which he won the 2010 National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor. His last film as the leading man was Club 60 (2013). Realbollywood.com said on his performance in the film, “As a grieving father who won’t allow his loss to be forgotten, he hits all the right notes treading that thin line between the melancholy and maudlin with majestic grace.”
In the late 90s, Farooq Sheikh acted in a number of television serials. Chamatkar on Sony and Ji Mantriji on Star plus are among the few. He also worked in a TV serial Shrikant which aired from 1985 to 1986. He compered in the Binny Double or Quits Quiz contest which was telecast over Vividh Bharathi. He also performed on stage in famous plays such as Tumhari Amrita directed by Feroz Abbas Khan, featuring Shabana Azmi. The play was appreciated by audiences the world over for 12 years till 2004. A sequel to this play was staged in India in 2004 titled “Aapki Soniya” with Farooq Sheikh and Sonali Bendre as main leads. “Tumhari Amrita” completed its 20-year run on 26 Febraury, 2012 He directed Azhar Ka Khwab, an adaptation of Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion in 2004.
He had been the host of the popular TV show Jeena issi ka naam hai in which he interviewed many Bollywood celebrities. His sense of humor and direct humble approach was the USP of the show.
Source : Wikipedia, Times of INDIA, The Hindu.
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