Farooque Shaikh, born in March 25 1948, was one of the best actors in Bollywood, who was very influential in the Parallel cinema and a great television speaker. He died on December 28, 2013, after suffering from a heart attack. During his life, he worked with Directrs like Satyajit Ray, Ketan Mehta and Hirishkesh Mukherjee, among others who made an indelible impact on Indian Cinema. He also won a National Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Lahore. He was seen in Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani, which co-starred Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone. He also worked with Shabana Azmi in Tumhari Amrita.
Farooque’s first significant role was in Garam Hawa, directed by M. S Sathyu, which is considered one of the greatest Indian movies ever made. He also made appearance on Radio shows that were dedicated for quizzes and entertainment. His work as a Television personality and an anchor has been widely praised by the audiences.
He acted in Satyajit Ray’s Shatranj Ke Khiladi, and had significant roles in movies like Chasme Badoor, Umraon Jaan, Kissi Se Na Kehna, Biwi Ho Toh Aisi and other projects. Farooque’s varied filmography is an example of his influence on the Hindi cinema, and how, one can give great performances, that will be remembered by others, while not being a superstar. The google doodle has given him this tribute isn’t shocking, and it is important that his work and movies remain in conversation.