Farooq Sheikh is a legendary actor, a television presenter and a philanthropist. He was born on March 25, 1948 in Amroli, in the district of Surat, Gujarat. He is the eldest son of Mustafa and Farida Sheikh, who are both Muslim. Farooq studied at St. Mary’s School in Mumbai and later attended in St. Xavier College. Subsequently, he studied at Siddharth College of Law. Since his father is a lawyer from Mumbai, he was prompted to take up a law course. But he failed to relate in his course and shifted to acting. He did some theatre shows while in college and from there, she met Roopa Jain and fell in love with her; later, the two tied the knot and have been blessed with two lovely daughters namely, Shaaista and Sana.
Farooq was popular for working in several Hindi films from year 1977 to 1989. He was also active in television from year 1988 to 2002. In 2008, Farooq came back to the big screen until he died on December 27, 2013 due to cardiac arrest. He contributed to the Parallel Cinema and had worked with famous directors like
He started acting on theatres and did plays with the Indian People’s Theatre Association (IPTA) together with the renowned directors. In year 1973, he was approached by MS Satyu for a role in the Hindi-Urdu film, Garam Hawa. He bagged the role of Sikander Mirza along with
. Later, he became a quiz master on radio and an anchor in Yuvadarshan and Young World from which he became a household name. He later appeared in the films Mere Saath Chal, Gaman, Noorie, Saath Saath, Bazaar, Kissi Se Na Kehna, Katha, Lakhon Ki Baat, Lorie and a lot more. Some of his recent films are Tell Me O Khuda, Listen… Amaya, Shanghai, Club 60, Yeh Jawaani Hai deewani, Children of War and Youngistaan. It is from the Bollywood sports film, Lahore where he got the National Film award for Best supporting Actor in 2010.
Farooq also acted in many television serials. He appeared in Chamatkar on Sony TV, from which the story revolves on a man who has a hearing difficulty. He is not deaf but he has the power to read anyone’s mind and listen to what they are thinking. He also did the Hindi serial,
, an adaptation of the British sitcom, Yes Minister. Later, he appeared on many shows and stage plays. He also hosted the television show, Jeena Issi Ka Naam Hai which is also a hit.
Farooq was on a vacation in Dubai together with his family when he died. His funeral was held at Millat Nagar Mosque in Mumbai.