Farooq Sheikh birth anniversary special: 10 films of the actor you can't miss
Veteran actor Farooque Shaikh was one of the talented stars of Hindi cinema who received the same amount of love for his work across different platforms like films, TV and theater. Shaikh was known for his natural acting and he delivered some memorable performances. Farooq Sheikh was born to Mustafa Shaikh, a Mumbai lawyer and Farida Shaikh in Amroli in Gujarat. He studied at St. Mary's School, Mumbai and perused further studies at St. Xavier's College, Mumbai. Farooq was married to Rupa Jain whom he dated for nine years before tying the knot.
On film's front, Farooq's first major film role was in the 1973 film Garam Hawa where he was seen in a supporting role with leading man Balraj Sahni. He worked with many notable filmmakers like Satyajit Ray, Sai Paranjpye, Muzaffar Ali, Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Ketan Mehta. In 2010, he won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for Lahore. The actor died of a cardiac arrest in December 2013
On Farooq Sheikh's birth anniversary, take a look at 10 of his must-watch films.
Garam Hawa (1973)
The movie Farooq Shaikh's debut film. Garam Hawa was India's official entry to the Academy Award's Best Foreign Film category, nominated for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, it also won National Film Award and three Filmfare Awards.
Starring Farooq Shaikh, Poonam Dhillon, Madan Puri, Iftekhar. The film was superhit and the 7th highest grossing film of that year.
Chashme Buddoor (1981)
Chashme Buddoor a romantic comedy film starring Farooq Shaikh, Deepti Naval, Rakesh Bedi, Ravi Baswani and Saeed Jaffrey. The film was a silver jubilee hit.
Umrao Jaan (1981)
Umrao Jaan was directed by Muzaffar Ali. The film starred Bollywood actress Rekha and Farooq Shaikh in lead roles.
The film was directed by Sagar Sarhadi, starring Naseeruddin Shah, Farooq Shaikh, Smita Patil and Supriya Pathak.The film highlighted the tragedy of young girls being sold by needy parents to affluent Indians in the Gulf.
Saath Saath (1982)
The movie directed by Raman Kumar starred Rakesh Bedi, Farooq Shaikh, Neena Gupta, Deepti Naval.
Kissi Se Na Kehna (1983)
Kissi Se Na Kehna was directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee. The film starred Farooq Shaikh, Deepti Naval and Utpal Dutt.
Biwi Ho To Aisi (1988)
The film was directed by J.K. Bihari. The story revolved around the lead pair played by Rekha and Farooq Shaikh. It's about how the character Shalu (Rekha) who overcomes all obstacles in her married life to win over the acceptance of her domineering mother-in-law Kamla.
Saas Bahu Aur Sensex (2008)
The film was directed by Shona Urvashi. Farooq Sheikh played an ethical but cranky and eccentric stockbroker in the film.
Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013)
Farooq Sheikh was also seen in one of the biggest blockbusters of this year Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. The film was directed by Ayan Mukerji starring Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone in lead roles. Farooq Sheikh played the role of Ranbir Kapoor's father, Rishikant Thapar in the film.
Film of the Month: Did Farooq Sheikh play his real flirty self in 1983’s Katha?
Hare Today, Gone TomorrowDeepti Naval, Sai Paranjpye and Naseeruddin Shah on the set of Katha. (Express archive photo)
Famously cast against type, Sheikh joins the formidable Naseeruddin Shah in this 1983 comedy based on a Marathi play that satirised the time-tested ‘tortoise and hare’ fable. Bashu is a version of the hare, the pompous showboat with full belief in his ability to ace the race. The tortoise is Rajaram (Shah), the quintessential good guy. He’s humble and self-doubting, at hand to help anyone (from blood donation to suffering neighbourly fools). Both are vying for the “liberated” Sandhya’s (Deepti Naval) attention. The film is set in a chawl, one of Hindi cinema’s most authentic depiction of these noisy and cramped settlements common to Mumbai and Pune. Paranjpye has described Katha and Disha as two of her “most Marathi” films. Indeed, the Marathi milieu is not hard to miss. Chaklis and sabudana vadas are a staple here. Rajaram, Sandhya’s family and a vast majority of the neighbours are Marathi. But what Paranjpye probably means is Katha’s Marathi sensibility. Bashu, by contrast, is the anglicised dreamer. The film opens with Rajaram being promoted as a “permanent” staffer in a shoe company. His professional ambition is to be a head clerk someday even as personally, he’s smitten by Sandhya. Slowly and steadily, he’s moving towards that goal, but it’s rudely interrupted with the arrival of the cunning Bashu, an old friend. He’s a curiosity and the chawl-dwellers are immediately hypnotised. “Kaun aaya yeh kaun aaya,” goes the refrain. Boastful, rather a flamboyant liar, that’s Bashu for you. But also endearing, he has everyone eating out of his hands. He can get away in fancy restaurants without clearing the bill, chawl neighbours routinely ply him with free snacks, a dream job lands on his lap as though it were a gift from heaven, this man can get away with murder. No Hindi film hero has ever been blessed with such gift of the gab. Sandhya, for one, falls for this England-returned’s tall tales much to Rajaram’s distress. Humming a song, she can’t make up her mind if Bashu is a magician or thief. After a while, Rajaram can see through his lies, but a game of oneupmanship between the two heroes has ensued. In an ideal world, Rajaram would win the day, and thankfully, Katha is eventually his story and his victory. It’s uplifting to see Rajaram and Sandhya ending up together, despite the brief deviant joys that Bashu brings to the table. Sheikh makes Bashu likeable but never likeable enough to cheer for him. The middle-class sympathies will always lay with Rajaram and Sandhya, two of our kinds. Naval’s Sandhya is coy but inquisitive, fresh-faced as a flower in her lush braid whereas Naseeruddin Shah embodies Rajaram with a resounding accessibility and do-goodness.
Clash of TitansDeepti Naval and Naseeruddin Shah in Katha. (Express archive photo)
Sheikh is a revelation as a creep, duping his way through life. But Naseeruddin Shah is no pushover. His Rajaram is waiting in the wings, hanging in there despite everyone taking advantage of his innocence. The versatile Naseer was a platinum performer back in the 1980s, an actor’s actor who switched artfully between parallel and mainstream screens. Is it possible that the smug star of parallel cinema had contempt for actors who he thought beneath himself? Did he resent his talented counterparts? At the heart of Katha is the friendship between Rajaram and Bashu. But this on-screen bonding belies their classic clash of ego on the sets as Paranjpye herself revealed decades later. “During Katha, the banter and the playful oneupmanship between the two of them, the teasing and ribbing between these two stalwarts was so precious,” Paranjpye recalled. “Farooq would say, ‘If Naseer and I are in a shot, then it would be Naseer’s back to the camera.’ To this Naseer would retort, ‘Yes, of course, because my back is more expressive than your face.’ And they would go on like this.” They also had religious differences. Naseer was a famous rationalist as opposed to Sheikh, who was a staunch and practicing Muslim. Following Sheikh’s untimely death in 2013, at age 65, the reclusive Paranjpye told the press at the time, “Farooq was very religious. Every Friday we’d have to relieve him of his work so he could go and pray. But Naseer was not at all religious. Yet he took his mother on a Haj pilgrimage. Farooq would tease Naseer about this.” On the contrary, Sheikh and Deepti Naval who had become Hindi cinema’s cutest screen pair after Chashme Buddoor’s runaway success in 1981 were real-life friends and shared a comfortable chemistry. They went on to act together in several hits, a long and creative partnership that lasted from Chashme Buddoor and Saath Saath in the 1980s all the way down to 2013’s Listen… Amaya. “He was not just a constant part of my career but also of my life,” Naval once said, best summing up their relationship. (Read Naval’s tribute to her favourite co-star here).
A Big Flirt: Playing Himself
https://images.indianexpress.com/2020/08/1x1.pngFarooq Sheikh and Deepti Naval in Katha. (Express archive photo)
One must note that Paranjpye and Sheikh, too, made for an impressive team. Paranjpye, who shows up in a dead mother’s photo frame in one scene in Katha (she does have a cracking sense of humour) was a trendsetter in her own way. She started her career with the critically acclaimed Sparsh (1980), which made a big splash piling up three National awards including one for debutante Paranjpye and Naseeruddin Shah each. One of Bollywood’s most unconventional love stories, Sparsh explores the beautiful and fraught relationship between a visually impaired man (Naseer) and a young widow (Shabana Azmi). Neither too parallel on the lines of Shyam Benegal nor middle-of-the-road like Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Basu Chatterjee, a cross between populist and artsy, Paranjpye occupies a singular position in Bollywood — dub her the ultimate ‘middle of the middle’? Her films stand out for their verisimilitude, trademark humour, natural acting and middle-class settings. “I always see the funny side of things,” she once told The South Asianist magazine in a candid tete-a-tete. “Human foibles, frailties offer an unending source of humour. I would quite simply describe my brand of humour as very homey or homely.” She directed Sheikh in two major films which, over the decades, were deemed ‘relevant’ enough to be remade, by David Dhawan (Chashme Buddoor, 2013) and Khalid Mohamed (Katha, unreleased).
In the cult Chashme Buddoor, a rollicking comedy centred on three bachelors falling for the same girl-next-door (Deepti Naval, who else?), she offered Sheikh the leading role as a bookish guy-next-door often bemused by the antics of his two acolytes, the inimitable Ravi Baswani and Rakesh Bedi. She followed it up with Katha, this time, as conventional wisdom goes, giving Farooq Sheikh what many agree to be perhaps his most unusual role to date. Or is it? According to Paranjpye, Sheikh was quite a ladies man and didn’t waste any opportunity to impress on her as well during Katha’s shoot. So, all the ‘soft-spoken’ and ‘gentleman’ image that Sheikh’s on-screen characters had cultivated — even encouraged — turned on its head after all when Naval said, shortly after his death in 2013, “In Sai’s Katha, Farooq played this incorrigible flirt. I used to tease him that in Katha he played his real self.”
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Actor Farooq Sheikh dies of heart attack; film industry mourns loss
Veteran actor Farooq Sheikh died after suffering a heart attack in Dubai.
He was 65. "He has passed away," a family member said, without disclosing any further details.
The actor was in Dubai with his family when he suffered the heart attack on late Friday night.
Farooq's body will be brought to Mumbai later in the day after completing the formalities in Dubai.
Born on March 25, 1948, Sheikh made a tremendous contribution in theatre, films and TV as well. He started his career in Bollywood in 1973 with Garm Hava and is best remembered for his performances in films like Shatranj Ke Khiladi, Chashme Buddoor, Kissi Se Na Kehna, Noorie.
His last film was Club 60 and before that he was seen playing the role of a father to Ranbir Kapoor in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani.
He also hosted the popular Zee TV show Jeena Issi Ka Naam Hai in which he interviewed many Bollywood celebrities.
Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah tweeted, "Only ever met him once & didn't actually know him but he was an amazingly polite gentleman. Very pleasant encounter. RIP Farooq Sheikh Sahib."
Bollywood mourns Farooq Sheikh
T 1336 -God !! Farooq Sheikh passes away !!? A true gentleman, a wonderful colleague ! A quiet honesty about him. Very very sad ! T 1336 -Farooq Sheikh !! Cannot believe he has gone. There was an absence of any kind of pretence in his demeanour, or towards his work !!
Shekhar Kapur: #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
#RIPFarooqShaikh Garam Hawa, Chasme Badoor, Umrao Jaan, Katha Shanghai. List of brilliance is endless. Life passionately dedicated 2 his art
Shah Rukh Khan: My biggest regret that I never got to spend time with you, Faroukh sahib, as I had requested. Should have done it earlier. I feel so sorry.
Manoj Bajpayee: Never felt so sad recently as I am feeling today after I heard the news of sudden demise of farooque sheikh saab!man with no pretence!RIPsir
Kunal Kohli: Completely Shocked to hear about Farooq Sheikh passing away. RIP. Can't believe this news. Really sad.
Boman Irani: Farooq Sheikh passes away! Shocked, numbed and saddened. Was supposed to be shooting with him today. A gentleman actor is no more!
Mahesh Bhatt: Alvida Farooq bhai the warmth of your smile lingers in our memory!
Raveena Tandon: RIP Farooqji..a gentleman actor..ull be missed
Madhur Bhandarkar: Deeply saddened to hear about Farooq Sheikh. Will miss his warmth, acting skills & gentlemanly demeanour.RIP sir.
Mini Mathur: Hope Farooq Shaikh is listening to the wonderful odes & goodbyes. We should appreciate people we admire while they are still around. RIP.
Kailash Kher: Shocked to hear about a great human, wonderful actor Farukh Shaikh s sudden Demise, RIP Farukh Saab.. God Bless the departed Soul. Prayers
Such sad news to wake up to! Fabulous actor, understated gentleman.. Have loved him in so many films frm Noorie to YJHD! RIP Farooque Sheikh
Read: Farooq never cared for money, was discerning about roles: Shabana Azmi
Farooq Sheikh: his life and work
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)
Sheikh was awarded the 2010 National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for Lahore (2010).Sheikh is survived by wife Rupa Jain, whom he courted for nine years before tying the knot, and two daughters: Shaista, Sanaa.
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Born : 25 Mar 1948
Birth Place : Baroda
Farooq Shaikh (25 March 1948, - 28 December 2013) was an Indian actor, who did most of his films during the 1970s and 1980s. His major contribution was in Parallel Cinema or the New Indian Cinema. He has worked with directors like Satyajit Ray, Muzaffar Ali, Hrishikesh Mukherjee... ReadMore
Farooq Shaikh (25 March 1948, - 28 December 2013) was an Indian actor, who did most of his films during the 1970s and 1980s. His major contribution was in Parallel Cinema or the New Indian Cinema. He has worked with directors like Satyajit Ray, Muzaffar Ali, Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Ketan Mehta.
He has acted in many comedies on television and performed on stage in famous productions such as Tumhari Amrita (1992), alongside Shabana Azmi, directed by Feroz Abbas Khan, and also presented the TV show, Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai.
Shaikh was born to Mustafa Shaikh,hansot a Mumbai Lawyer and Farida Shaikh in Amroli Dist. Baroda. His family was zamindari, and he grew up in a luxurious surroundings. He was eldest of the five children.
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Indian actor (1948–2013)
Farooq Shaikh (25 March 1948 − 28 December 2013) was an Indian actor, philanthropist and television presenter. He was best known for his work in Hindi films from 1973 to 1993 and for his work in television between 1988 and 2002. He returned to acting in films in 2008 and continued to do so until his death on 28 December 2013. His major contribution was in Parallel Cinema or the New Indian Cinema. He worked with directors like Satyajit Ray, Sai Paranjpye, Muzaffar Ali, Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Ketan Mehta.
He acted in serials and shows on television and performed on stage in 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.
Shaikh was born in 1948 at Amroli, a village in Vadodara, Gujarat, to Mustafa and Farida Shaikh. His father was a lawyer who worked in Bombay and whose family came from Hansot in the Bharuch district of Gujarat. Shaikh's family were landowners, and he grew up in luxurious surroundings in Nagpada, Bombay. He was the eldest of five children.
Shaikh attended St. Mary's School in Bombay and then graduated from St. Xavier's College in the city before studying law at Siddharth College of Law, following his father into the profession. He did not, however, undertake a legal career, instead choosing theatre, having acted in college.
At St Xavier's Shaikh met Roopa, his future wife. Both were active in theatre and were later married after nine years; the couple have two daughters. His time at St. Xavier's was important for both personal and professional reasons and he made many friends there, including Sunil Gavaskar, who was a contemporary. Actor Shabana Azmi, then known mainly as the daughter of noted poet Kaifi Azmi, was Roopa's classmate at St Xavier's.
In his early days, he was active in theatre, doing plays with IPTA and with well-known directors like Sagar Sarhadi. In 1973, while Shaikh was in his final year of law school, MS Sathyu approached him for his directorial debut Garam Hawa. His first major film role was in the 1973 film Garam Hawa, where Farooque had a supporting role and the leading man was Balraj Sahni. The film is credited for being a pioneer of a new wave of Hindi Art cinema. His salary for his debut film was only Rupees 750. He first gained recognition as a quiz master on radio, but it was his participation as an anchor on Bombay Doordarshan shows such as Yuvadarshan and Young World that made him a household name. Sheikh in Gaman (1978) acted as the migrant Bombay taxi driver from Badaun in Uttar Pradesh dreaming about returning home to meet his wife, but never saves up enough to return home. He went on to act in several notable films such as Satyajit Ray's Shatranj Ke Khiladi (Chess Players) (1977), Noorie (1979), Chashme Buddoor (1981), Umrao Jaan (1981), Bazaar (1982), Saath Saath (1982), Rang Birangi (1983), Kissi Se Na Kehna (1983), Ek Baar Chale Aao (1983), Katha (1983), Ab Ayega Mazaa (1984), Salma (1985), Faasle (1985), Peechha Karo (1986), Biwi Ho To Aisi (1988), and Maya Memsaab (1993) . He formed a successful pair with Deepti Naval. He also did a slightly negative role in Katha.
He was paired opposite Shabana Azmi in Sagar Sarhadi's Lorie, Kalpana Lajmi's Ek Pal and Muzaffar Ali's Anjuman (1986) and then in the play Tumhari Amrita. His chemistry with Deepti Naval led to them being cast opposite each other in nine films, namely Chashme Buddoor, Katha, Saath Saath, Kissi se Na Kehna, Rang Birangi, Ek Baar Chale Aao, Tell Me Oh Khuda, Faasle and Listen... Amaya. They also appeared as the lead pair in an episode on Hasrat Mohani in the TV serial Kahkashan
In 2002, in an interview with the Times of India Shaikh said, "I have never been commercially viable: People recognise me, smile and wave at me — but I have never received marriage proposals written in blood. In his heyday in 70s and 80s, when Rajesh Khanna drove down a street, the traffic stopped — I don't mind not receiving this kind of adulation. But I do miss not having been able to command the kind of work I wanted which Khanna could always do. I miss not being 100 per cent commercially viable like him."
In the 1990s, he acted in fewer films. But resurfaced in notable roles in the 2000s. He appeared in Saas Bahu Aur Sensex (2008) and Lahore (2009), for which he won the 2010 National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor.He appeared as Bunny (Ranbir Kapoor)'s father in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013). His last film as the leading man was Club 60 (2013) which was also his last release before his death. Realbollywood.com said about his performance in the film: "As a grieving father who won't allow his loss to be forgotten, he hits all the right notes treading that thin line between melancholy and maudlin with majestic grace." He also appeared in Youngistan and Children of War, both of which released in 2014, after his demise.
In the late 90s, Farooque Shaikh appeared in several television serials. He played the title role in an episode dedicated to the poet and freedom fighter Hasrat Mohani in the TV series Kahkashan (1988) with Deepti Naval playing his wife. He also worked in the famous TV serial Shrikant which aired on Doordarshan from 1985 to 1986. This show was an adaptation of Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay's novel. Aahaa on Zee, Chamatkar on Sony and Ji Mantriji (an adaptation of Yes, Minister),on Star plus were other notable successes. Shaikh also had a cameo in Life OK's Do Dil Ek Jaan, where he was seen as the leading lady's father in the initial episodes.
He compered the Binny Double or Quit Quiz contest, which was telecast over Vividh Bharati. He also performed on stage in famous plays such as Tumhari Amrita, directed by Feroz Abbas Khan, featuring Shabana Azmi. A sequel to this play was staged in 2004 titled Aapki Soniya, with Farooque Shaikh and Sonali Bendre as main leads.Tumhari Amrita completed its 20-year run on 27 February 2012. He directed Aazar Ka Khwab, an adaptation of Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion in 2004.
He hosted the TV show Jeena Issi Ka Naam Hai, in which he interviewed celebrities from the Hindi film world. His sense of humour and direct humble approach was the USP of the show.
Lesser known is his contribution to the UNICEF polio eradication programme. He made several extensive trips to two polio-endemic states, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, and worked closely with its programme teams who were working with communities to get greater acceptance for the polio vaccine. He also kept on helping 26/11 affected families in Mumbai.
Farooque Shaikh died of a heart attack in the early hours of 28 December 2013 in Dubai, where he was on holiday with his family. His funeral prayers, held in Mumbai at Millat Nagar Andheri Mosque on 30 December 2013 in the evening, were attended by many personalities, including Javed Akhtar and Shabana Azmi. He was buried in Muslim Qabristan, Four Bungalows, Andheri West. His grave is near that of his mother.
Awards and recognition
- On 25 March 2018, search engine Google commemorated Farooq Sheikh with a Doodle on his 70th birth anniversary. Google commented: "Farouque Shaikh essayed agonizing heartbreak and light-hearted comedy with equal ease. Beyond the silver screen, Shaikh was integral to Indian theater, and his epistolary play, 'Tumhari Amrita' with Shabana Azmi delighted audiences for over two decades."
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