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Colors of life with Farukh Sheikh

September 14, 2008

First of all I want to thank Mr. hues to invite me as contributor.

This weekend I watched an interview of Farukh Sheikh on an entertainment channel: Such a talent actor with great humility and humbleness. There is a page devoted to him in Wikipedia. To bring some facts from Wikipedia  about him are:

“…did most of his films during the 1970s and 1980s. His major contribution was in Parallel Cinema or New Indian Cinema. He has worked with directors like Satyajit Ray, Muzaffar Ali, Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Ketan Mehta.”

He was destined to be an actor as he correctly said during the interview “Gaate gaate gaviye ho gaye.”

He was a student of law but used to do theater as hobby. He was actively doing plays with IPTA and with well-known directors like Sagar Sarhadi. His first major film role was in the 1973 film Garam Hawa. He went onto act in several notable films such as Gaman, Shatranj Ke Khiladi (1977), Noorie (1979), Chashme Buddoor (1981) and Kissi Se Na Kehna (1983). Each movie, he acted in is a piece of art in  it self.

When asked about how did he choose such classic movies to be part of them, his humble reply was- “It was not a planned or thoughtful decision, though I used to read scripts but the reason to be in all these film was I used to do only one film at a time, and was able to devote dates as and when asked by the film makers.”

He also confessed of being part of not so appealing films. He shared an interesting joke that once he was working with famous comedian Deven Verma. He came rushing to the film set and told oh my god Jagdish bhai ( director of the film Ek Baar Chale AAO)  cinema is standing in middle of the road and requesting people around Ki bhai Ek Baar Chele Aao, but no body is coming to see the film.

He talked about his theatre days, he was paid only 5 aanas (Re 1.25) for a successful play. No audience no money. But he mentioned that he used to enjoy that amount. The whole unit used to eat pada pao with butter which used to be a luxury.

He also shared incidents when producers could not pay him full amount as meager as Rs 750/ or paid in twenty years. But he has no complaints !!! While comparing today’s prices of star and their livestyle, he said- “we enjoyed our lives. What is the fun of having millions and billions when you do not enjoy it with your nears and dears. Or you don’t know how to enjoy it at all. Work hard and enjoy harder, because time is not going to wait for anyone”

During last round of question he appreciated Abhishek Bachan ‘s acting in new Umrao Jaan. Rather he added that AB has done better than him.


This interview left me with one thought that only great human can be great actors. At the same time popular stars of the time may not be necessarily good actors.

One Comment leave one →
  1. abhishek permalink
    February 10, 2009 12:15 pm

    i want the web site of mr. farukh sheikh as i want to get in touch with him.i,m thoroughly impressed with his thoughts

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