Back in 1973, the Indian film industry was introduced to an actor par excellence — Farooq Sheikh in Garam Hawa. The actor later became a household name with Yash Chopra’s Noorie (1979). Be it theatre, films or television, Sheikh made his mark in every genre and even had a successful stint as a TV show anchor in the show Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai. From celebrated and successful plays such as Tumhari Amrita to classic films like Chashme Buddoor (1981) and Katha (1983), Sheikh won over viewers’ hearts with his incredible performances. He even played memorable parts in mainstream movies. On December 27, the National Award-winning actor was in Dubai to attend a concert, and suffered a heart attack at the age of 65. Fondly remembered by his peers from the film industry, Sheikh is widely described as one of the most humble and down-to-earth people one would meet. He will be deeply missed.
We have been great friends : Poonam Dhillon (As told to Kavita Awaasthi)