Farooq Sheikh, an actor and a legend beyond any introduction or description, may not be with us any longer, but his unparalleled and monumental contribution to Hindi cinema shall always be cherished and remembered.
Born on the 25th of March, 1948, Mr.Sheikh made his debut with the M.S. Sathyu directorial , Garam Hawa (1973).
He acted in 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.
In a very unique and rare case, it’ll not only be tough but also unfair to list out only five best performances of this exquisite actor. Right from Chashme Budoor and Umrao Jaan (1981) to Bazaar (1982) and Katha (1983), he almost revolutionized the then-called Parallel cinema. Teaming up with Deepti Naval and Naseeruddin Shah on many occasions, he mesmerized the audiences with his charming demeanor and arresting screen presence.
Last seen in films like Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013), Club 60 (2013) and Youngistaan (2014), the actor died of a heart attack on 27 December 2013 in Dubai, where he was on holiday with his family. His funeral prayers, held in Mumbai at Millat Nagar Mosque on 30 December 2013 in the evening, were attended by many personalities, including Javed Akhtarand Shabana Azmi. He was buried in Muslim Qabristan, Four Bungalows, Andheri West. His grave is next to his mother’s grave.
We only wish he lived longer and made some more iconic movies and made cinema proud, but as they say, even the Almighty needs some company, and what better company than Farooq Sheikh.