Actor Farooq Sheikh dies of heart attack in Dubai

Actor Farooq Sheikh dies of heart attack in Dubai

Farooq Sheikh

Actor Farooq Sheikh died of heart attack in Dubai late last night.

“He has passed away,” a family member told PTI, without disclosing any further details.

The 64-year-old actor was in Dubai apparently for a concert when he suffered the heart attack. His body will be brought to Mumbai later in the day after completing the formalities in Dubai. (In Pics: Bollywood Remembers Farooq Sheikh)

Mr Sheikh was best known for his roles in Satyajit Ray’s Shatranj Ke Khiladi, Sai Paranjpe’s Chashme Baddoor and Sagar Sarhadi’s Bazaar. He started his career in 1973 with M S Sathyu’s acclaimed film on India’s partition, Garm Hawa.

He won the 2010 National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan’s Lahore.

The actor was last seen in Club 60, released earlier this month. His recent films include Shanghai and Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani.

“T 1336 -God !! Farooq Sheikh passes away !!? A true gentleman, a wonderful colleague ! A quiet honesty about him. Very very sad !” Amitabh Bachchan tweeted.

“He was one of the finest actors we had,” an emotional Deepti Naval, who worked with Farooq Sheikh in some of his most successful films, told NDTV.

Writer and activist Javed Akhtar remembered him as an avid reader “who used to recommend books every time we met.”

“#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,” filmmaker Shekhar Kapur tweeted.

Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt posted, “Alvida Farooq bhai the warmth of your smile lingers in our memory!”

“Farooq Sheikh passes away! Shocked, numbed and saddened. Was supposed to be shooting with him today. A gentleman actor is no more!” actor Boman Irani tweeted.

“RIP Farooq Sheikh. Immensely talented, extremely courteous. A thorough gentleman,” actress-turned-politician Smriti Irani posted on Twitter.


21 Responses to “Actor Farooq Sheikh dies of heart attack in Dubai”

  1. RIP to one of wonderful natural artist


  2. Cant believe. Shocked.


  3. very sad… far too young..


  4. Amitabh Bachchan ‏@SrBachchan 9h
    T 1336 -God !! Farooq Sheikh passes away !!? A true gentleman, a wonderful colleague ! A quiet honesty about him. Very very sad !

    Amitabh Bachchan ‏@SrBachchan 8h
    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 !!


  5. Too young, too early, too sudden….RIP Farooq Shaikh , one of the gentlest most likable Bollywoodians.


  6. tonymontana Says:

    A fine actor who made his mark in quite a few movies. RIP.


  7. tonymontana Says:

    Peecha karo was one of the films I watched multiple times during childhood. Quite an enjoyable and crazy ride!


  8. Katha – one great movie of his several. It seemed as if he never ‘prepared’ – natural and effortless.

    Somehow, it felt strange in YJHD, where the director has him die suddenly… and now this.


  9. ** No wonder the man was a mis-fit in today’s loud Hi-fi**

    What I mean is, why do you need to urinate on each other to make comedy? (in the film Kismat Love Paisa Dilli) Is that comedy? Is it a compulsory part of comedy? You can’t make a film without people spitting and urinating on each other, abusing each other in a language that you and I would not like to watch on screen with our elders or our juniors?

    Golmaal, Jane Bhi Do Yaron, Chasme Buddoor are still among the best comedies that you can see.


  10. Final journey


  11. more than any of his films” tumhari amrita ” kept him relevent and it was amusing to see guy coming up with play every year and ya another high point should be katha where the good guy image was deconstructed where he played chauvinist, opportunist and sex hungry


  12. such an underwhelming article really rangan is going downhill big time


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