One of the most underrated, humble actors who created a different kind of image of the hero in Bollywood, Farooque Sheikh is the proverbial gentlemen actor who is an under-utilized cinematic gem. A star who was respected in the entire Bollywood clan for his simplicity, liberal look and deep intelligence, Farooque was remembered fondly by many of his co-actors especially Deepti Naval as 25th March was his birthday.
If one has to remember the memorable roles of this fine actor, the name of Umrao Jaan has to come first. He played a Nawab who is in love with the courtesan Umrao Jaan, but failed to be by her side when she needed it the most. Rekha was definitely the stunner in this movie; but no one other than Farooque Sheikh could express the passion and yearning for her only through the eyes. If there is a list of spineless lovers who can be excused, the Nawab would definitely come in this list even after breaking Umrao’s heart.
Farooque Sheikh is not your proverbial macho hero; rather he is the man next door who has very middle-class values and looks for simple things in life like wooing the girl in the neighborhood with some basic honesty. Chasme Baddoor is basically a tale of friendship of three bachelors who fall for the same girl Deepti Naval. Of course, Deepti chooses Farooque over the other guys because she falls in love with him. His friends try to drive them apart and the rest of the film is a hilarious story of various twists and turns. If you want to know the meaning of clean comedy, this is one film you should watch. You will definitely want a guy like Farooque in your life who is genuine, honest and sweet.
One of his lesser-known movies Saath Saath portrayed the helplessness of the youth of 1982. When you are a young man with principles, you will definitely face the consequences. You can easily relate with the character of Farooque in this movie.
For the millenials, Farooque was the host of a lively and fresh show Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hain. Few people only talk about one of his serious movies among the classic comedies like Katha, Chasme Baddoor. He played the role of Sikander Mirza, a man who is grappling with the harsh realities of Partition. This movie is iconic in many ways; this film marked the beginning of a jubilant career of Farooque and ended the career of Balraj Sahni who died after a few days of the release of the film.