Veteran Bollywood actor Farooq Sheikh, who is best known for his performances in films like ‘Garm Hava’, ‘Shatranj Ke Khiladi’, ‘Chashme Buddoor’ and ‘Kissi Se Na Kehna’, died after suffering a heart attack here.
He was 65. “He has passed away,” a family member told , without divulging any further details.
The actor when suffered the heart attack was in Dubai. His body will be brought to Mumbai later in the day after completing the formalities in Dubai.
Farooq even made a huge contribution in theater, films and TV as well. He started his acting career in Bolywood back in the 1970’s with ‘Garm Hava’ and is best remembered for his performances in films like ‘Shatranj Ke Khiladi’, ‘Chashme Buddoor’, ‘Kissi Se Na Kehna’, ‘Noorie’.
His last film was ‘Club 60’ and before that he was seen playing the role of a father to Ranbir Kapoor in ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’.
He also hosted the popular Zee TV show ‘Jeena issi ka naam hai’ in which he interviewed many Bollywood celebrities.
This is what the Bollywood celebs had to say about this unfortunate incident:
Amitabh Bachchan: God !! Farooq Sheikh passes away !!? A true gentleman, a wonderful colleague ! A quiet honesty about him. Very very sad ! Farooq Sheikh !! Cannot believe he has gone. There was an absence of any kind of pretence in his demeanour, or towards his work !!
Karan Johar: Actor Farooq Sheikh is no more with us due to a heart attack. May he #RIP
Arshad Warsi: Really sad to hear about Farooq Sheikh, admired him as a person and as an actor… RIP Farooq Sahab.
Divya Dutta: woke up to hearing this terrible news abt farooque saab.t gentlest soul n magic on screen..my last mtng with him at shabanaji s house.I TLD t warmth n genuiness u exude is unparalleld .his smile was straight frm t heart.miss u sir!r I p
Kunal Kohli: Completely Shocked to hear about Farooq Sheikh passing away. RIP. Can’t believe this news. Really sad.
Madhur Bhandarkar: Deeply saddened to hear about Farooq Sheikh. Will miss his warmth, acting skills & gentlemanly demeanour.RIP sir.
Raveena Tandon: RIP Farooqji..a gentleman actor..ull be missed
Vicky Bahri: RIP Farooq Sheikh! One of the most underrated actors of his generation!
Rahul Vaidya: RIP farooque sheikh saab .. Sene Mein jalan ankhon Mein toofan sa kyu hai .. Is sheher me har shaqs pareshan sa kyu hai ..
Neha Dhupia: Woken up to the tragic news of yet another icon passing away .. R I P Farooq Sheikh Sir
Ashvini Yardi: Deeply saddened wid de news of Farooque Sheikh. A wonderful person n a very fine actor. V had worked 2gether on Jeena isika Naam Hain on TV.
Rekha Bharadwaj: Rest In Peace Farooq Shaikh,most innocent n vulnerable face on screen, Artiste par excellence..will miss you!!!
Shaan: Flew back from Delhi last week with Sir Farouq Shiekh…woke up to the news of His demise… Such a Good Man!! A Class apart!! ‘(
Rochak Kohli: Such a fine actor and a wonderful person..very sad to hear the news.. RIP Farooq Sheikh
Anand Rai: Great human being great soul FarooqShaikh Saab RIP… It’s sad day. Feeling the vaccum.
Boman Irani: Farooq Sheikh passes away! Shocked, numbed and saddened. Was supposed to be shooting with him today. A gentleman actor is no more!
Vivek Sharma: Really sad to hear the demise of Farooque Sheikh.. very gd actor.. its a big loss.. bhagwan unki aatma ko shanti de…
Riteish Deshmukh: Shocked beyond words – Rip Farooq Sheikh – you will be missed sir