Mumbai: Google on Sunday honoured late Bollywood actor Farooque Shaikh on Sunday, his 70th birth anniversary. Shaikh was a jewel of Indian cinema. He was also known for his theatre performances. His best performance was in the play Tumhari Amrita in which he starred with Shabana Azmi.
Shaikh was born in 1948 in a village near Gujarat’s Surat. The eldest of five siblings, he studied law at the Siddharth College of Law, Mumbai. He reportedly took up acting after his legal career failed to take off.
His first big role in a film was as a supporting actor in MS Sathyu’s 1973 film Garam Hawa, which had Balraj Sahni in the lead. Soon he became a known face in the world of parallel Hindi cinema. He starred in close to 48 films throughout his career. He is also the reciepient of the National Award for Best Supporting Actor for the 2010 movie Lahore.
He was known as much for his serious roles as for his comic ones. His comic timing was impeccable. He starred in a number of roled opposite yesteryear actor Dipti Naval. The two starred in almost nine films, which include Noorie, Chashme Buddoor, Umrao Jaan, Katha, Saath Saath, Kissi se Na Kehna, Rang Birangi, Maya Memsaab and Tell Me Oh Khuda.
Shaikh died of a heart attack at the age of 65 in Dubai, where he was enjoying a vacation with his family, on December 28, 2013.