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Fondly remembered

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Recently Indian Films and TV Directors Association organised a tribute to late Farooq Sheikh where some of India’s finest directors assembled to recall the experience of working with the remarkable actor.

The list of stalwarts is led by MS Sathyu who introduced Sheikh in Garm Hawa in 1973. Muzaffar Ali who selected the actor to play a lead in nearly all of the films he directed, starting with Gaman to Umrao Jaan and Anjuman. It was while shooting Anjuman that Sheikh became acquainted with the plight of the impoverished chikankari artisans of Lucknow. It spawned a lifelong association with the classic white embroidered kurta-pyjama that remained his unique hallmark.

The tribute featured many veteran and new age Hindi film directors, actors and writers who worked with him, like Sagar Sarhadi, Ramesh Talwar, Raman Kumar, Pankaj Parashar, Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan, Sanjay Tripathi, Avinash Kumar Singh, Shona Urvashi and more. Among his co-actors Deepti Naval shared her thoughts on their long working partnership spanning Doordarshan television shows leading on to Chashme Buddoor right up to Listen Amaya last year.

The event was organised by Ashoke Pandit, president of the Indian Films and TV Directors Association to narrate little trivia which will be useful to those who have merely seen Shaikh on screen and want to know more about him as an actor and human being.
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