I grew up in a luxurious environment and had a great time in school and college. There was never too much pressure of studies. I studied law and it was only after my graduation that I joined films. College was all about theatre and I was part of a huge group which bunked classes to pursue theatre with a passion.
I did my first film Garm Hawa with filmmaker MS Sathyu who was looking for people at the Indian People’s Theatre Association. After Garm Hawa was released, offers started pouring in. I did Noorie with was also a great success and also worked in Satyajit Ray’s Shatranj Ke Khiladi. This was followed by films such as Chashme Buddoor, Umrao Jaan and Saath Saath. Apart from taking up film offers, I did radio programmes and a bit of TV.
I’m an ardent admirer of Mahatma Gandhi. I appreciate anyone and everyone who does good work. As far as my favourites in acting are concerned, I don’t have any particular name in mind. Whoever has done well at a given point of time has impressed me. Actors who have been exceptional in one role have looked quite ordinary in another. This is true for all actors, including myself.
My idea of success
Money is not important to me. There were occasions when I didn’t have work for a long time but I never accepted more than two films at a time. I am not financially ambitious. My only criterion for taking up a role is my instinct. Am I going to enjoy doing a role or not? I have also never craved a particular role. I have not done more than one film at a time. I’m a lazy actor. I like to take things easy and not put too much stress on myself. But I try to do my best in all my endeavours.
Dealing with failure
The best to deal with failure is to treat it as a learning lesson. If a setback becomes your learning lesson, it’s no longer a failure. There are a number of things
I look forward to…
I have recently done a film with Hema Malini titled Tell Me O Khuda. I will also be seen in a film with Deepti Naval again called Listen Amaya.
I have not done more than one film at a time. I’m a lazy actor. I like to take things easy and not put too much stress on myself. But I try to do my best in all my endeavours —Farooque Shaikh, actor