Actor Farooq Sheikh dies of heart attack in Dubai

Actor Farooq Sheikh dies of heart attack in Dubai New Delhi Actor Farooq Sheikh passed away in Dubai this morning.

Sources said the 64-year-old actor died of heart attack.

Mr Sheikh was best known for his roles in Satyajit Ray’s Shatranj Ke Khiladi, Sai Paranjpe’s Chashme Baddoor and Sagar Sarhadi’s Bazaar.

He won the 2010 National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan’s Lahore.

The actor was last seen in Club 60, released earlier this month.

“He was one of the finest actors we had,” an emotional Deepti Naval, who worked with Farooq Sheikh in some of his most successful films, told NDTV.

Writer and activist Javed Akhtar remembered him as an avid reader “who used to recommend books every time we met.”

“#RIPFarooqShaikh The last time we met, we talked politics. I wish we has talked film and acting. Its what we love most. I would have learned,” filmmaker Shekhar Kapur tweeted.


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    sputnik 8 years ago


    Always liked his personality from his interviews and TV shows. He felt like a genuinely good person.

    Loved him in Chashme Buddoor. Liked him in Shatranj Ke Khilari, Garm Hava and Shanghai. He was very good in a cameo in YJHD this year. And he was very good in Katha playing against type.

  2. Tulmul Memender 8 years ago

    RIP !!! 🙁

  3. Tulmul Memender 8 years ago

    Very very fine natural performer 🙁

  4. Rafsan Cr 8 years ago


  5. hithere 8 years ago

    As a kid when Doordarshan use to announce a Farooq Sheikh/Amol Palekar/Naseer movie on Sunday, I use to hate it. But as I grew, I started liking those same movies..People called it parallel cinema or whatever but those movies were near to the common man..


    • I.One 8 years ago

      RIP Farooq Sheikh. Agree hithere about DD movies. The movies which Farooq used to work were more inclined towards common man. He looked naturally adorable and innocent.

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      sputnik 8 years ago

      I like middle of the road cinema more than comercial or parallel/art cinema (some of it was deliberately boring with no background music) – the ones Hrishikesh Mukerjee/Gular/Basu Chatterjee/Sai Paranjpye used to make in the 70s and 80s.

  6. Jaya Lahori 8 years ago

    That´s sad .. He was a fine actor and a likeable man .. RIP

  7. Saurabh 8 years ago

    Criminally underrated and underused actor. Still remember him as the lead with hearing superpower from Chamatkar on Sony.

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      sputnik 8 years ago

      Love that show and used to watch it regularly.

  8. mate 8 years ago

    إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ
    After watching YJHD, I always felt he was playing his real life persona, very humble, caring and a gentle person.
    Allah Farooq saab ki aakhirat ka safar aasaan farmaye, AMEEN.

  9. dwnpiyush 8 years ago

    He was immensely likeable even in some of the forgettable movies he did. I would rate his screen presence ahead of most actors of those times. Some days back I was watching a movie called ‘Ab Aayega Mazaa’, a lesser known movie starring him. It wasn’t any great shakes, but he made it extremely watchable with his affability and easy on the eyes charm.

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    sputnik 8 years ago

    A starring role Farooque Shaikh kept hidden: How he helped a 26/11 victim

    The country knew and loved Farooque Shaikh as the actor behind many a sublime role. Few knew another side of him, as a fiercely secretive philanthropist who kept his identity hidden even from his benefactors.

    On Saturday, Shruti Kamble discovered that the man who had helped her and her two sons after her husband’s death in the terror attack of November 2008 was Shaikh. Offering a silent prayer for the actor, the 40-year-old says: “My regret is I could never thank him.” All that the Kambles knew, from the many envelopes Shruti saved, was that a “Shaikh sa’ab” was helping them.

    The 65-year-old actor died of a heart attack in Dubai on Friday night. The funeral is on Monday.

    Exactly a month after the 26/11 incident, The Indian Express had received an SMS from Shaikh, characteristically self-effacing in tone, regarding a story that had appeared in the paper on the wife and two small sons of Rajan Kamble, a maintenance worker at Taj Hotel who had died in the terror attack. Shaikh had also read a previous story on Rajan in the paper, detailing how he had been shot by terrorists while ushering hotel guests to safety.

    Reading that Rajan had wanted elder son Rohan to go to a military school and younger Atharva, only 2 at the time, to become a pilot, Shaikh had got in touch. He offered to fund the children’s education, after extricating a promise that his identity would be kept a secret.

    The Indian Express would call him at the beginning of every academic year and inform him of the amount needed, and he would promptly dispatch a cheque to the Kambles. He never asked how the money was spent.

    While Atharva is one of the best students in his Class II now, Rohan, who is in Class IX, plans to work at the Taj. “While the Taj management has taken care of us, if not for Shaikh sa’ab, my children couldn’t have dreamed of making it so far. Today I can finally tell my sons that this was the stranger who looked after us when everyone we called our own gave up,” Shruti says.


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