Saturday, March 25, 2017


Today is the birth anniversary  of  Farooq  Sheikh, the popular  Bollywood  actor, TV  Presenter and a  philanthropist. Born in Gujarat  and educated  in Bombay, now Mumbai, in the beginning he did theatre and  acted in plays  staged and sponsored  by  IPTA. He presented  Quiz Program  on AIR  Bombay  but real recognition came his way when he anchored  programmes like Yuvadarshan  and Young World on Bombay  Doordarshan. .     While still in law college, he was spotted by M.S. Sathyu , the film director  and    was  offered  a supporting role in the film   Garam Hawa,  with Balraj Sahni  playing the lead role. This  was his first major role in a film. With this started    Farooq  Sheikh’s life long  association with Parallel or New Cinema. He  went  on to work in films like  Gaman, Shatranj Ke Khiladi, Noorie, Chashme Baddoor , Umrao Jaan , Bazaar, Saath Saath , rang Birangi, Kisi Se Na Kehna, Biwi Ho To Aisi. He paired well  with  renowned actresses  Shabana Azmi and Deepti Naval and the films he did with them  won critical acclaim. Lorie, Salmaa, Faasle , Gharwali Baharwali are some of his other notable films.Two of his films  - Children of War  &  Youngistan were released after his death.  

He acted in TV serial Chandrakant  and  a  comedy  serial  Chamatkar. He also  anchored   a popular programme   Jeena  Isi  Ka Naam Hai , a peep into the life of celebrity artistes , who were also invited as guests.
His is a great name in New Cinema to which his contribution is immense.
He won the National Best Supporting Actor war for film  Lahore , in 2010.

Our humble  tributes to the suave mannered  talented  actor !

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