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!