Google Doodle is remembering veteran Bollywood actor Farouque Shaikh in its doodle today. The Google Doodle today marks the 70th birthday of Farouque Shaikh, who was born in Amroli on March 25, 1948.
Farouque Shaikh is prominently remembered for his performance in movies such as Chashme Baddoor, Noorie, Shatranj Ke Khiladi, Umrao Jaan and many others. He is also hailed as the jewel of Indian Cinema for his ability to get into the root of a character that he portrayed on screen. He was most active in the Hindi cinema from 1977 to 1989 and returned to acting films in 2008 and continued to do so until his death on December 28, 2013.
He never limited his role to cinema and made well recognized performance in the television as well. He was the host of one of India’s popular talk show ‘Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai’. He also appeared in TV soap called Chamatkar. He worked in the television industry between 1988 and 2002.
Apart from television and cinema, Farouque Shaikh also left a mark with his theater performances. Tumhari Amrita, a screenplay based on the life of lyricist Sahir Ludhianvi and famous poet Amrita Pritam, is regarded as one of Shaikh’s best performances.
“Today’s Doodle by Nimit Malavia is a tribute to Farouque Shaikh’s cinematic career in a style evocative of hand-painted movie posters of the 1970s, and especially Umrao Jaan. We see the wide-eyed romantic hero of the 1970’s mature into a comfortingly familiar TV presence of the 1990’s, bridging the gap between mainstream and art house cinema in India along the way,” Google said in its blog post.
Farouque Shaikh started his career by doing plays with IPTA and with well-known directors like Sagar Sarhadi. He made his debut with MS Sathyu’s directorial debut Garam Hawa in 1973, where he had a supporting role. Wikipedia says his salary for his debut film was only Rs 750. While he has worked with many leading ladies of yesteryear, his pairing with Deepti Naval is the most popular of all and the pair has worked in nine firms together.
He won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2010 for his role in Lahore, which released in 2009. In the recent years, he was seen as the father of Ranbir Kapoor in the movie Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. While he is a renowened actor, Farouque Shaikh has always tried to keep low profile his social and charitable works. He was a major contributor to UNICEF’s polio eradication programme and made trips to two polio-endemic states, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.
Farouque Shaikh’s adaab, sense of humor and humble approach is still widely remembered by his colleagues in the industry. He died of a heart attack in Dubai on December 28, 2013.