Think Farooq Sheikh and chances are that the first character you think of him as is that of Chashme Buddoor's Sidharth Parasher. In between, he's been a nawab (Umrao Jaan), and unemployed college graduate (Saath Saath), and even a man who falls in love with a woman who is being sold off in marriage but ends up heart-broken despite all his attempts to stop the marriage (Bazaar).
Again, think Farooq Sheikh, and chances are that you'd realise he was one of Bollywood's most under-rated comedians. His superior comic timing marked him different from his contemporaries. On his birthday, let's take a look at five of his films where he excelled as one of the best comedians Bollywood has known.
Sai Paranjpai's directorial venture Chashme Buddoor (1981) remains one of the cult classic in Bollywood comedies. Who can forget Deeptyi Naval aka Miss Chamko?
Kisine Se Na Kehna
Hrishikesh Mukherjee's 1983 hit saw Farooq as Ramesh, a man who weaves a series of lies in an attempt to convince his dad to get him married to his love.
Farooq Sheikh played the fourth angle in this love-qudruple directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee.
Biwi Ho To Aisi
This may not be the best one for Farooq to showcase his skill but he did prove to be a strong support to the lead character played by Rekha in this 1988 film directed by JK Bihari.
Lakhon Ki Baat
Starring alongside Sanjeev Kumar and Utpal Dutt, Farooq gave us attacks of laughter with the 1984 movie.