The Indian film industry mourned the death of veteran actor Farooq Sheikh. Many Bollywood actors and directors took to Twitter to express their shock on the sudden demise of Sheikh.<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>T 1336 -God !! Farooq Sheikh passes away !!? A true gentleman, a wonderful colleague ! A quiet honesty about him. Very very sad !</p>— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) <a href="https://twitter.com/SrBachchan/statuses/416778345645219842">December 28, 2013</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>My biggest regret that I never got to spend time with you, Faroukh sahib, as I had requested. Should have done it earlier. I feel so sorry.</p>— SHAH RUKH KHAN (@iamsrk) <a href="https://twitter.com/iamsrk/statuses/416813407862407169">December 28, 2013</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
Sheikh who is best known for his contribution to parallel cinema in the 1970s and 1980s, had been a part of several notable films such as Satyajit Ray's Shatranj Ke Khiladi, Chashme Buddoor, Kissi Se Na Kehna and Noorie.
He started his career in Bollywood in 1973 with 'Garm Hava', and two of his last performances in Bollywood were in 'Club 60' and in the commercially hit film 'Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani' where he played the role of Ranbeer Kapoor's father.
Apart from films, Sheikh made a tremendous contribution in theatre and TV as well. He was the host of the famous talk show 'Jeena Isi ka naam hai' on television in which he interviewed many Bollywood celebrities.