Birthday Special: Farooq Sheikh's 5 memorable roles

The most renowned actor of Indian cinema Farooq Sheikh lost his life due to a cardiac arrest in December 2013. And there is no doubt in saying there have not been many actors like him yet simple, natural and born to act. He was a sophisticated artist who would make any role that he played appear real and convincing.

Although he made his debut as the young, rebellious Sikandar in MS Sathyu’s well-known Partition film Garm Hawa in 1974, it was in 1979 that he was cast as a leading man in Noorie, which was produced by Yash Chopra and directed by Manmohan Krishna, a noted character actor of the 1960s and 1970s.

Today, 25th March marks the birthday of Farooq Sheikh on his D-Day here are the most memorable movies of him that you will never forget. Have a look. 

-Chashme Buddoor 

Chashme Buddoor was a romantic comedy movie that saw a very young Farooq Sheikh wooing Deepti Naval along with his two friends Rakesh Bedi and Ravi Baswani. Over the years this film moved ahead to join the league of cult classics. 

-Garam Hawa 

Garam Hawa is a very emotional movie the movie is about the plight of Muslims after the India-Pakistan partition, Farooq Sheikh made his debut as Sikander Mirza. Directed by M S Sathyu, the film is about a Muslim family that lives in Agra and how their lives change along with the changing political situation in the country. Farooq played a student who despite his father's wishes joins an agitation against unemployment and discrimination. 

-Biwi Ho Toh Aisi 

In Biwi Ho Toh Aisi Farooq paired opposite  Rekha Farooq Sheikh plays the dutiful son to his dominating mother (Bindu) in this film. The movie focuses more on a mother-in-law's tactics to drive her village belle daughter-in-law (Rekha) away, however, no one could overlook Sheikh's performance as the befitting obedient son.

-Umrao Jaan 

 In Umrao Jaan Farooq Sheikh plays the suave and charming Nawab Sultan who falls in love with Umrao Jaan played by Rekha in this Muzaffar Ali film. A love story with a bitter ending, Farooq leaves his ladylove, a courtesan, to marry a more 'acceptable' girl that pleases his family instead. 


It is a tragic love story, 'Noorie' has Poonam Dhillon play the title role while Farooq Sheikh plays her lover Yusuf Fakir. One of Farooq's finest performances of his career, he plays a lover who avenges the death of his fiance and eventually unites with her after death.  

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