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 !