Monday, February 23, 2015


Farooq Sheikh was a  highly talented actor of par excellence who could portray any type of characters in a realistic and convincing manner.He presented large number of unforgettable and delightful characters during 70's and 80's for which he received wide appreciation.His unique skill of authentic presentation of characters  earned him the lead roles of many parallel cinema which choose a medium path between art cinema and commercial films.

Farooq Sheikh was born on 25th March 1948 to parents Mustafa Shaikh and Farida at Amroli in Gujarat.His father was a lawyer and they belonged to a well to do 'Zamandari' family.He graduated from St.Xavier's College Mumbai and studied law.He used to act in plays from childhood and during college days also and this paved way for his role in the film 'Garam Hawa' in 1973 while he was a law student.
In the film 'Garam Hawa' Balram Sahni was in the lead role and Farooq acted in supporting role.
In 1977 he acted in the film 'Shatranj Ke Khilari' which was directed by Satyajit Ray and acted along with the lead actors Sanjeev Kumar and Shabana Azmi.
In the year 1978 he earned accolades as the hero of the film 'Gaman' directed by Muzaffar Ali and acted opposite Smita Patil.His role was as  a migrant from Uttar Pradesh to Mumbai hoping to lead an urban life where he becomes a taxi driver.
The film 'Noorie' in which Farooq Sheikh and Poonam Dhillon acted in lead roles and directed by Manmohan Krishna became a huge hit.The beautiful songs by 'Khayyam'  and the enchanting locations were much loved by the audience.
The film 'Umrao Jaan' directed by Muzaffar Ali earned him love and accolades from all corners.His role as Nawab Sultan was charismatic and he handled the role with seemingly effortless ease as natural as it could be.
Rekha performed her title role stunningly beautiful with great skill.Naseeruddin Shah,Raj Babbar and Bharat Bhushan also acted in supporting roles in this film.
'Chashme Buddoor'(81) directed by Sai Paranjpye in which Farooq and Deepti Naval acted in lead roles along with Rakesh Bedi, Ravi Baswani,Saeed Jaffrey was a silver jubilee hit.
Naseeruddin Shah,Smita Patil and Farooq Sheikh presented brilliant acting skill in the film 'Bazaar' directed by Sagar Sarhadi in 1982.
Farooq Sheikh,Deepti Naval and Utpal Dutt were the lead actors of the comedy film  'Kissi Se Na Kehna' directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee in 1983.
In the hilarious comedy film 'Rang Birangi' directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee in 1983, Amol Palekar,Farooq Sheikh,Parveen Babi and Deepti Naval were the leads.Utpal Dutt who portrayed a Police Inspector received Filmfare award as Best Comedian.Farooq acted as Prof.Jeet Saxena in this film.

'Biwi Ho To Aisi' was directed by J.K.Bihari in 1988 in which Rekha and Farooq were in the leads.This was the  debut film of Salman Khan who acted as younger brother of Farooq in this film.
After 1998 he took a long break of ten years from films and during this period he was busy acting in TV serials and as a TV presenter etc.

He reappeared in 2008 and continued  acting  in films till 2013.

His sterling performance in the film 'Lahore'(2009) which was directed by Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan earned Farooq Sheikh National Award as Best Supporting Actor.The film also received International acclaim and awards.
Farooq Sheikh was a successful and popular TV actor who presented large number of characters in serials.He was a talented TV presenter and host for shows like 'Jeena Issi Ka Naam Hai' for which he interviewed many Bollywood celebrities.
Farooq Sheikh died of a heart attack in Dubai on 28th December 2013 at the age of 65.
Selected Filmography
Garam Hawa
Mere Saath Chal
Shatranj Ke Khilari
Umrao Jaan
Chashme Buddoor
Saath Saath
Kissi Se Na Kehna
Rang Birangi
Ab Ayegi Mazaa
Khel Mohabbat Ka
Biwi Ho To Aisi
Mera Damad
Ab Insaf Hoga
Tell me O Khuda
Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani
Children of War

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