National Award winning actor Farooq Sheikh passed away late last night in Dubai after suffering from a massive heart attack.
The 64-year-old actor, who was last seen in films like Club 60 and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, was in Dubai on a family holiday (some source say, that the actor travelled to Dubai for a concert) when he suffered from a heart attack.
His mortal remains will be brought to Mumbai later today.
Sheikh was best known for his roles in Shatranj Ke Khiladi, Chashme Baddoor (a film that was recently remade by David Dhawan) and Bazaar.
He won the 2010 National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Lahore.
In the 90s, Sheikh was popular for his roles in television serials like Chamatkar and Ji Mantriji.
Bollywood celebrities expressed shock over his untimely death:
Amitabh Bachchan: T 1336 – God !! Farooq Sheikh passes away !!? A true gentleman, a wonderful colleague ! A quiet honesty about him. Very very sad.. Cannot believe he has gone. There was an absence of any kind of pretence in his demeanour, or towards his work !!
Shekar Kapur: #RIPFarooqShaikh The last time we met, we talked politics. I wish we has talked film and acting. Its what we love most. I would have learned
Madhur Bhandarkar: Deeply saddened to hear about Farooq Sheikh. Will miss his warmth, acting skills & gentlemanly demeanour.RIP sir.
Arshad Warsi: Really sad to hear about Farooq Sheikh, admired him as a person and as an actor… RIP Farooq Sahab.
Kunal Kohli: Completely Shocked to hear about Farooq Sheikh passing away. RIP. Can’t believe this news. Really sad.
Photo: Actor Farooq Sheikh at Pran’s prayer meet