Actor Farooq Sheikh Dead | Farooq Sheikh Dies At 64 | Farooq Sheikh Passed Away | Farooq Sheikh Died
National Award winning actor Farooq Sheikh passed away late last night in Dubai after suffering from a massive heart attack. Sheikh, who started his career in the early 1970s, was noted for his contribution to the parallel cinema movement. His first big role was in M S Sathyu's 1973 classic Garam Hawa, which captured the plight of Muslims in the period following the country's partition.
He won the 2010 National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Lahore. In the 90s, Sheikh was popular for his roles in television serials like Chamatkar and Ji Mantriji. He was 65, and is survived by wife Rupa Jain and two daughters.
Bollywood celebrities expressed shock over his untimely death:
Amitabh Bachchan: Farooq Sheikh passes away. A true gentleman, a wonderful colleague. A quiet honesty about him. Very very sad. Cannot believe he has gone. There was an absence of any kind of pretence in his demeanour, or towards his work.
Karan Johar: RIP Farooq Sheikh. Your subtle, nuanced and genius body of work will live on forever.
Mahesh Bhatt: Alvida Farooq bhai. The warmth of your smile lingers in our memory!
Kunal Kapoor: Such terrible news about Farooqji. Not only an incredible actor, but also one of the warmest, most amazing people I've ever met.
Rahul Khanna: Sad news about Farooq Sheikh. Such a talent is rare and such a thorough gentleman, even rarer. What a great! Premature loss.
Celina Jaitely: With a very heavy shocked heart I bid adieu from Egypt to legendary actor and my co-star of Accident On Hill Road dearest Farooq saab. He was such a soft spoken gentleman, humility was his second name. It was such an honour to work with him.
Shekhar Kapur: RIP Farooq Sheikh. Garam Hawa, Chashme Buddoor, Umrao Jaan... List of brilliance is endless. Life passionately dedicated to his art. The last time we met, we talked politics. I wish we had talked film and acting. It's what we love most. I would have learned.
Neil Nitin Mukesh: RIP Faarooq Sheikhji. What an amazing actor! Lovely human being.
Sophie Choudhary: Such sad news to wake up to. Fabulous actor, understated gentleman. Have loved him in so many films - from Noorie to Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani.
Arshad Warsi: Really sad to hear about Farooq Sheikh, admired him as a person and as an actor.
Mohit Chauhan: The world's a lesser place today. You will be missed sir.
Madhur Bhandarkar: Deeply saddened to hear about Farooq Sheikh. Will miss his warmth, acting skills and gentlemanly demeanour.