Bollywood actor Farooq Shaikh dies at 65

December 28, 2013

Farooq Shaikh, the actor who embodied Everyman in Hindi films of the 1980’s and portrayed many memorable characters on screen, died in Dubai on Saturday. He was 65.

Shaikh is best known for his roles in films such as “Katha”, “Saath Saath” and “Chashme Buddoor”, where he straddled both commercial and art house cinema successfully.

His deadpan sense of humour stood him in good stead during his stint on television, where he played the lead in the Hindi adaptation of the British series “Yes, Prime Minister”.

Shaikh’s last film was “Club 60″, which opened in cinemas earlier this month, pairing him with actress Sarika as a couple trying to find love in the twilight of life.

Here are some reactions on Twitter (lightly edited for clarity):

AMITABH BACHCHAN, Bollywood actor
God! Farooq Sheikh passes away? A true gentleman, a wonderful colleague! A quiet honesty about him. Very very sad!

OMAR ABDULLAH, chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir
Only ever met him once and didn’t actually know him but he was an amazingly polite gentleman. Very pleasant encounter. RIP Farooq Sheikh Sahib

ROSHAN ABBAS, TV anchor and actor
“Tum chale jaoge toh sochenge, humne kya khoya humne kya paaya” Farooq Shaikh Sahib RIP

MOHIT CHAUHAN, singer
The world’s a lesser place today. You will be missed sir. #RIPFarooqSheikh saab

MADHUR BHANDARKAR, Bollywood film-maker
Deeply saddened to hear about Farooq Sheikh. Will miss his warmth, acting skills and gentlemanly demeanour. RIP sir.

RAVEENA TANDON, Bollywood actress
RIP Farooqji. A gentleman actor. You’ll be missed

RESUL POOKUTTY, film sound editor
#RIP #FarooqSheik Saab, you leave a vacuum.

SHEKHAR KAPUR, film-maker
#RIPFarooqShaikh. Garam Hawa, Chashme Buddoor, Umrao Jaan, Katha, Shanghai. List of brilliance is endless. Life passionately dedicated to his art

KAILASH KHER, singer
Shocked to hear about a great human, wonderful actor Farukh Shaikh’s sudden demise. RIP Farukh Saab. God bless the departed soul. Prayers.

AMISH TRIPATHI, writer
Saddened to hear of Farooq Sheikh. Have been a fan of his since Chasme Badoor. May God give his soul purpose again.

FARAH KHAN, film-maker
Can’t believe Farooq sheikh has passed away!! Nicest,kindest n most gracious.

RITEISH DESHMUKH, Bollywood actor
Shocked beyond words – Rip Farooq Sheikh – you will be missed sir

BOMAN IRANI, Bollywood actor
Farooq Sheikh passes away! Shocked, numbed and saddened. Was supposed to be shooting with him today. A gentleman actor is no more!

(Reporting by Shilpa Jamkhandikar and Anupriya Kumar, Editing by Tony Tharakan | Disclaimer: This article is website-exclusive and cannot be reproduced in any form without permission)

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