Actor Farooque Sheikh dies of heart attack in Dubai as Bollywood mourns

Archana Venkatraman

Veteran actor Farooque Sheikh (Farooq Sheikh) has died of heart attack in Dubai, his family has confirmed. The Chashme Buddoor actor was 65.

Farooque Sheikh, with Deepti Naval, in Listen...Amaya
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Farooque Sheikh was holidaying in Dubai with his family as he suddenly died of heart attack late on Friday night. His body will be brought to his hometown Mumbai on Saturday where his funeral and last rituals will be performed.

A veteran actor of the 70s and 80s, Farooque Sheikh, redefined parallel cinema with his performances in films including Noorie, Shatranj Ke Khiladi, Chashme Buddoor, Kisi se na Kehna, and Lahore. His most successful on-screen pairing was with actress Deepti Naval.

He continued his arty cinema streak until most recently with his stellar performance in the 2013 low-budget drama film Listen… Amaya with Naval.

In addition to acting in movies, Farooque has also been a television presenter and a stage actor.

He became more of a household name with his popular Zee television show Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai where he interviewed big Bollywood celebrities including Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.

Farooque Sheikh was last seen in Bollywood blockbuster Yeh Jawaani hai Deewani starring Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone where he played Ranbir Kapoor’s father.

His sudden demise is termed as a “big loss to Indian cinema” by Bollywood’s who’s who. His co-stars and contemporaries took to Twitter to pay their tribute to the veteran actor. Most remembered Farooque Sheikh for his sense of humour, warmth, acting skills and compassion. 


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