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Farooq Sheikh: his life and work

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Born on 25 March 1948 Farooque Sheikh is best known for his roles in parallel cinema. The veteran actor died on Saturday morning, suffering from heart attack.

Farooq, who was born in Baroda, Gujarat, began his career in theatre, acting in plays with IPTA and directors like Sagar Sarhadi.

He got his first major movie break in 1973 with Garam Hawa which the led him to several other notable films like Shatranj Ke Khiladi (1977), Noorie (1979), Chashme Buddoor (1981) and Kissi Se Na Kehna (1983).

His on-screen chemistry with Deepti Naval was a hit with the audience. Farooq also experimented with negative role in Deepti Naval, Naseeruddin Shah starrer Katha. He also acted in Yash Chopra's Rohan Kapoor, Faraha starrer Faasle starring Deepti Naval.

He has worked with legendary directors Satyajit Ray, Muzaffar Ali, Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Ketan Mehta among others. Farooq has also acted in many serials and shows on TV and performed on stage in famous plays such as Tumhari Amrita (directed by Feroz Abbas Khan, featuiring Shabana Azmi).

Farooq also worked in mainstream cinema in films such as Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (starring Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone), Biwi Ho To Aisi (starring Salman Khan, Rekha) and more.

Sheikh was awarded the 2010 National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for Lahore (2010). He also presented the first season of TV show Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai.

Farooq has also been the host of 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.

Sheikh is survived by wife Rupa Jain, whom he courted for nine years before tying the knot, and two daughters: Shaista, Sanaa.

Filmography of Farooq Sheikh:
Club 60 (2013)
Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013)
Shanghai (2012)
Listen... Amaya (2013)
Tell Me O Khuda (2011)
Accident on Hill Road (2009)
Lahore (2009)
Saas Bahu Aur Sensex (2008)
Lépidoptère, Le (1998)
Mohabbat (1997)
Ab Insaf Hoga (1995)
Maya Memsaab (1992)
Jaan-E-Wafa (1990)
Mera Damad (1990)
Toofan (1989)
Doosra Kanoon (1989)
Biwi Ho To Aisi (1988)
Gharwali Baharwali (1988)
Peechha Karo (1987)
Rajlakshmi (1987)
Khel Mohabbat Ka (1986)
Anjuman (1986)
Ek Pal (1986)
Faasle (1985)
Salma (1985)
Lorie (1984)
Ab Ayega Mazaa (1984)
Yahan Wahan (1984)
Lakhon Ki Baat (1984)
Rang Birangi (1983)
Ek Baar Chale Aao (1983)
Katha (1983)
Kissi Se Na Kehna (1983)
Bazaar (1982)
Saath Saath (1982)
Chashme Buddoor (1981)
Umrao Jaan (1981)
Noorie (1979)
Gaman (1978)
Shatranj Ke Khiladi (1977)
Mere Saath Chal (1974)
Garam Hawa (1973)