Veteran actor Farooq Shaikh passed away in Dubai after suffering a heart attack. He was 65.
The versatile actor, who marked his debut with Garm Hava (1973), gave a new lease of life to parallel cinema in the 1970s and 80s. Shaikh, who has been a part of cult classics like Shatranj Ke Khilari, Chashme Buddoor and Noorie to name a few, was last seen in 2013 blockbuster hit Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani and Club 60.
After completing the formalities in Dubai, his body will be brought to India later in the day.
Back home, Bollywood celebrities were shocked to hear about Farooq Shaikh’s demise. They took to the social networking website Twitter to express their anguish.
Shah Rukh Khan said
Farooq Sheikh never indulged in any sort of addiction, says Rakesh Bedi
Bollywood shocked over Farooq Sheikh's death
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 !!— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) December 28, 2013
T 1336 -God !! Farooq Sheikh passes away !!? A true gentleman, a wonderful colleague ! A quiet honesty about him. Very very sad !— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) December 28, 2013
“And all I ask is quiet sleep & a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.“ Faroukh Sahib…Allah bless your soul. U are dearly loved & missed.— SHAH RUKH KHAN (@iamsrk) December 28, 2013
My biggest regret that I never got to spend time with you, Faroukh sahib, as I had requested. Should have done it earlier. I feel so sorry.— SHAH RUKH KHAN (@iamsrk) December 28, 2013