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Veteran Indian actor Farooq Sheikh dies of heart attack

Updated December 28, 2013
Veteran actor Farooq Sheikh, 65, died late on Friday night. — Photo courtesy: The Times of India
Veteran actor Farooq Sheikh, 65, died late on Friday night. — Photo courtesy: The Times of India

NEW DELHI: Veteran actor Farooq Sheikh, 65, died late on Friday night due to heart attack in Dubai, said a report published on The Times of India website.

He was 65. "He has passed away," a family member said, without disclosing any further details.

His body will be brought to Mumbai later in the day after completing the formalities in Dubai.

He was best known for his films during the 1970s and 1980s. His major contribution was in Parallel Cinema or the New Indian Cinema.

Sheikh was best known for his roles in 'Shatranj Ke Khiladi', 'Chashme Baddoor', 'Kissi Se Na Kehna' and 'Noorie'.

His last film was 'Club 60' and before that he was seen playing the role of a father to Ranbir Kapoor in 'Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani'.

He acted in many serials and shows on television and performed on stage in famous productions. He also hosted the popular Zee TV show "Jeena issi ka naam hai" in which he interviewed many Bollywood celebrities.