Today is the 70th birth anniversary of the late Bollywood actor Farooque Shaikh and Google honoured him by dedicating a doodle. Born in 1948, Shaikh met his untimely death at the age of 65 in December 2013. Shaikh had grown up in Mumbai and was following his father’s footsteps to become a lawyer. Though he studied law at his college, he did theatre side by side. Eventually, he decided to give acting a shot.
Shaikh found his first break in MS Sathyu’s iconic film Garam Hava (1973). Garam Hava is a film on the predicament of Muslims who had chosen to stay back in the lands owned by their forefathers and had stayed away from Pakistan’s one nation – one religion theory. His other popular performances include an important role in Satyajit Ray’s Shatranj Ke Khiladi (1977), another lead role in Gaman (1978) and roles in other films such as Chashme Baddoor (1981), Umrao Jaan (1981), Bazaar (1982) among others.
During the early 2000s, Shaikh’s proficiency in acting had landed him several roles on the small screen. He had worked for serials like Chamatkar and Ji Mantriji, which is the India version of the British comedy, Yes Minister.
Farooque Shaikh had passed away after suffering from a heart attack in Dubai.