Farooq Sheikh: A real star

The untimely death of veteran Bollywood actor Farooq Sheikh has shocked the Hindi film world and scores of his fans. The cherubic and unassuming actor essayed a variety of impressive roles in parallel cinema and gave some memorable performances in commercial films too.

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Published: Tue 31 Dec 2013, 11:47 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 5:10 PM

A multi-faceted personality who was also a theatre actor and hosted some popular television shows, Sheikh will be remembered for his acting prowess and humane qualities.

Jayashree Kulkarni, by email

One of Bollywood’s finest sons and TV presenter Farooq Sheikh was an unassuming gentleman. He came from an affluent family and his compelling stage performances made directors sign him up. Sheikh’s career, spread over 40 years, comprised some fine lead performances, such as in Noorie and Umrao Jaan. Later he switched over to character roles. In one of his last roles, he played an estranged father with great aplomb. And though he had just three scenes, he made his presence felt.

A.R. Modak, by email

In 2013 we saw many stars of the entertainment industry depart, like singers Manna Dey, Shamshad Begum and actor Pran. Now veteran, versatile actor Farooq Sheikh has also departed. A multifaceted personality, he was also a philanthropist. His illustrious four-decade film career, which started with Garam Hawa, will be best remembered for the superb performance in Satyajit Ray’s Shatranj Ke Khiladi as well as other moving films like Umrao Jaan and Chashme Baddoor. Sheikh also hosted a popular talkshow, Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai, interviewing many Bollywood celebrities. He won the National Film Award for best supporting actor but will be remembered for exuding decency and gentleness on the screen.

Ramesh G. Jethwani, by email

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