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Born March 25, 1948 (age 65)
Nationality Indian
Occupation Actor

Farooq Sheikh or Farooque Sheikh (born 25 March 1948) is an Indian actor, philanthropist and a popular television presenter. He is best known for his films during the 1970s and 1980s. His major contribution was in Parallel Cinema or the New Indian Cinema. He has worked with directors like Satyajit Ray, Muzaffar Ali, Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Ketan Mehta.

He has acted in many serials and shows on television and performed on stage in famous productions such as Tumhari Amrita (1992), alongside Shabana Azmi, directed by Feroz Abbas Khan, and presented the TV show, Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai (Season 1).He won the 2010 National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for Lahore.




  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Career
  • 3 Personal life
  • 4 Filmography
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links


Early lifE

Shaikh was born to Mustafa Shaikh, a Mumbai lawyer and Farida Shaikh, a muslim,in Amroli in Gujarat’s Baroda District near Naswadi village near bodeli town. His family were Zamindaris, and he grew up in luxurious surroundings. He was the eldest of five children.

He went to St. Mary’s School, Mumbai and then to St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai. He studied law at Siddharth College of Law.


In his early days, he was active in theatre, doing plays with IPTA and with well-known directors like Sagar Sarhadi. His first major film role was in the 1973 film Garam Hawa. He went onto act in several notable films such as Satyajit Ray’s Shatranj Ke Khiladi (Chess Players) (1977), Noorie (1979), Chashme Buddoor (1981) and Kissi Se Na Kehna (1983). He formed a successful pair with Deepti Naval. He also did a slightly negative role in Deepti Naval-Naseeruddin Shah starrer ‘Katha’, again with Deepti Naval in one of the Yash Chopra’s Rohan Kapoor-Faraha starrer ‘Faasle’.

In the 1990s he acted in fewer films and made his last few film appearance in Saas Bahu Aur Sensex (2008) and Lahore (2009), for which he won the 2010 National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor.

In the late 90s, Farooq Sheikh acted in a number of television serials. Chamatkar on Sony and Ji Mantriji on Star plus are among the few. He has also worked in a TV serial SHRIKANT which aired from 1985 to 86.

He has been the host of very popular TV show “Jeena issi ka naam hai” in which he interviewed many Bollywood celebrities. His sense of humor and direct humble approach was the usp of the show.

Personal life

Shaikh is married to Rupa Jain, whom he courted for nine years before tying the knot. He has two daughters: Shaista, Sanaa.

Farooque Sheikh


Acting Filmography
Title Role
Club 60 (2013) Dr. Tarique
Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013) Thapar
Shanghai (2012) Kaul
Listen… Amaya (2013) Jayant
Tell Me O Khuda (2011) Ravi Kapoor
Accident on Hill Road (2009) Prakash Shrivastava
Lahore (2009) S K Rao
Saas Bahu Aur Sensex (2008) Firoze Sethna, stock broker
Lépidoptère, Le (1998) Le collègue du jongleur
Mohabbat (1997)
Ab Insaf Hoga (1995)
Maya Memsaab (1992) Dr. Charu Das
Jaan-E-Wafa (1990)
Mera Damad (1990)
Toofan (1989) Gopal Sharma
Doosra Kanoon (1989) Diwan Sardarilal
Biwi Ho To Aisi (1988) Suraj Bhandari
Gharwali Baharwali (1988) Sunil Khanna
Peechha Karo (1987) Vijay
Rajlakshmi (1987)
Khel Mohabbat Ka (1986) Amit Verma
Anjuman (1986) Sajid
Ek Pal (1986) Jeet Barua
Faasle (1985) Sanjay
Salma (1985)
Lorie (1984) Bhupinder Singhpeechha karro[1986]
Ab Ayega Mazaa (1984) Vijay
Yahan Wahan (1984)
Lakhon Ki Baat (1984) Alok Prakash
Rang Birangi (1983) Prof. Jeet Saxena
Ek Baar Chale Aao (1983)
Katha (1983) Bashudev
Kissi Se Na Kehna (1983) Ramesh
Bazaar (1982) Sarju
Saath Saath (1982) Avinash
Chashme Buddoor (1981) Siddharth Parashar
Umrao Jaan (1981) Nawab Sultan
Noorie (1979) Yusuf Fakir Mohammed
Gaman (1978) Ghulam Hussain
Shatranj Ke Khiladi (1977) Aqueel
Mere Saath Chal (1974) Amit
Garam Hawa (1973) Sikandar Mirza


  1. Jump up^ Getting nostalgic about Farooq Sheikh Rediff.com, 4 September 2008.
  2. Jump up^ Writing its own destiny Screen, Namita Nivas, 28 November 2008.
  3. Jump up^ “And the National Award goes to…”. The Times of India. Sep 17, 2010.
  4. Jump up^ Malavika Sangghvi (June 18, 2012). “Sheila ki Jawani”. Mid Day.
  5. Jump up^ Farooque Shaikh: The big picture The Times of India, 14 September 2002.
  6. Jump up^ “Happy Choices”

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