Name: Farooque Sheikh
Born: 25th March, 1948
Marital Status: Sheikh is married to Rupa Jain and has three children namely, Rubina, Shaista and Sanaa.
Biography: Sheikh is an accomplished actor, television presenter, is known mainly for his significant contributions to the Indian New Wave Cinema or Parallel Cinema. Sheikh began his career with the theatre and has worked in several productions till date, even with Shabana Azmi. He has worked with the likes of Satyajit Ray in Shatranj ke Khiladi,
The eldest of the five siblings of Mustafa Sheikh and Farida Sheikh, Farooque was born in Gujarat’s Baroda district. He grew up in a Zamindaar family with opulent surroundings. He did his schooling from St. Mary’s School, Mumbai and proceeded to St. Xavier’s College Mumbai. Later, he studied at Siddharth College of Law, following his father’s footsteps, also a Lawyer.
But, for Sheikh an active theatre performer with IPTA since his college days, high point was Garam Hava (1973), his debut film alongside Balraj Sahani. The film revolved round the post partition plight of an Indian Muslim family. From then on, Sheikh has delivered powerful performances in some notable movies like Noorie (1975), Chasme Badoor(1981), Umrao Jaan (1981), Bazaar (1982), Kisse Se Na Kehna(1983) and several others. His pairing with Deepti Naval was quite successful. He reduced his work in films during the 90s and returned to big screen with Saas Bahu Aur Sensex in 2008. He received the National Award for Best Supportng Actor (2010) for the 2009 movie Lahore. He was also part of the 2012 political thriller Shanghai.
Sheikh presented the first season of the highly successful and awarded talk show Jeena Isika Naam Hai, which was aired on Zee TV in 2008. He was also part of successful shoes like Chamatkar (Sony TV), Ji Mantriji(Star Plus) and Srikant (1985-86).
The 2013 release Listen Amaya saw Sheikh’s hit pairing with Deepti Naval in the big screen after a long gap. The film narrates the brewing love story of two middle aged persons.