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Google Doodle Remembers Farooq Shaikh On His 70th Birth Anniversary

Google on Sunday remembered late actor Farooq Sheikh on his 70th birth anniversary with a doodle styled on hand-painted movie posters of the 1970s, and especially his Umrao Jaan.

Farooq Sheikh was born on this day in 1948, Farooq grew up in Mumbai, in a simple, middle-class household, he studied law at the Siddharth College of Law, Mumbai.His first big role in a film was as a supporting actor in MS Sathyu’s 1973 film Garam Hawa, which had Balraj Sahni in the lead.

Shaikh is remembered for his performances in films like Chashme Baddoor, Noorie, Shatranj Ke Khiladi and Umrao Jaan, and for television serials such as Chamatkar and Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai, a television show he hosted. He was also known for his theatre performances. His best performance was in the play Tumhari Amrita in which he starred with Shabana Azmi.

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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 on the doodle.

He acted 48 films throughout his career. He is also received of the National Award for Best Supporting Actor for the 2010 movie Lahore.Shaikh died at the age of 65 in Dubai, where he was enjoying a vacation with his family, on December 28, 2013.

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