Farooq Sheikh was born on 25th March 1948 and died on 28th December 2013. He was a philanthropist, an actor, and a popular television presenter. It was a great loss for the film industry when he died in 2013 due to cardiac arrest. He would have turned 70 this year with all his golden memories, starting from Noorie to his last film, Club 60. He was born to Mustafa Shaikh and Farida in Amroli, a small village in Gujarat. He was brought up in Mumbai, where his father worked as a lawyer. He did his schooling from St. Mary`s School, Mumbai and then went to St. Xavier`s College, Mumbai for his graduation. After that, he went to Siddharth College of Law, Mumbai for his law studies.
He made his debut in 1973 with the film Garam Hawa, starring Balraj Sahni, in which he had a side role for which he got just Rs.750. The turning point in his life was with the movie Noorie, in which he played the lead role along with Poonam Dhillon. The movie was directed by Manmohan Krishna and was produced by Yash Chopra. The movie was a superhit because of the actor`s innocence and purity. The actor then worked in many superb movies like Chashme Buddoor (1981), Bazaar (1982), Saath Saath(1982), Kissi Se Na Kehna (1983) and many more. His last movie in the lead role was Club 60(2013) and his last performance was in Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani(2013) starring Ranbir Kapoorand Deepika Padukone. He won 4 awards till date: National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for Lahore(2010), ITA Award for Best Actor - Comedy for Ji Mantriji(2001), Indian Telly Award for Best Anchor/s for Jeena isi ka naam hai(2003) and ITA Award for Best Anchor for the same.