Veteran actor Farooq Sheikh passed away late on Friday after suffering a sudden heart attack.
Born on 25 March 1948, he died at the age of 65.
His body will be brought to Mumbai later in the day after completing the formalities in Dubai.
Sheikh was a part of several classic films such as Satyajit Ray's Shatranj Ke Khiladi, Chashme Buddoor, Kissi Se Na Kehna and Noorie.
He is best known for his contribution to parallel cinema in the 1970s and 80s.
The actor had also hosted the famous talk show Jeena Isi ka naam hai on television.
The news of Sheikh's sudden demise shocked people from the film fraternity and fans alike as they flooded Twitter with condolence messages:
Never seen one of Farooq Sheikh's movies but gonna look up Shatranj Ke Khiladi. #RIP
— SonaliRanade (@sonaliranade) December 28, 2013
Deeply saddened to hear about Farooq Sheikh. Will miss his warmth, acting skills & gentlemanly demeanour.RIP sir.
— Madhur Bhandarkar (@mbhandarkar268) December 28, 2013
what yaar ? night or day, how people just go away, may his soul rest in peace i pray, RIP farooq sheikh..
— Baba Sehgal (@OnlyBabaSehgal) December 28, 2013
— Deepak Mohanty (@deepakkmohanty) December 28, 2013
Desperately sad news early in the morning. Farooq Sheikh was a very favourite actor of mine. Rest in peace
— Sreemoy Talukdar (@sreemoytalukdar) December 28, 2013
Veteran actor Farooq Sheikh passes away.Will always be remembered for his brilliant performances in movies like Chashme Baddoor & Garam Hawa
— seemi pasha (@seemi_pasha) December 28, 2013
Chashme Buddoor -My all time favorite of Farooq Sheikh - Yet another talent who made us laugh like none else departs :(
— Suresh En (@surnell) December 28, 2013
Farooq..Sheikh..An actor who belonged to Real cinema not to noise, fake stardom or fake celebrity hood.......His.movies were so soothing
— kiran kopariha (@KKopariha) December 28, 2013
RIP farooq sheikh ! Whenever we will talk about meaningful movies of 1980's your name will top on that list !
— sumit (@sumitsaurabh) December 28, 2013
Just yesterday I tweeted about meeting Farooq Sheikh at the Chashme Baddoor screening this year. This is devastating news. RIP you great man
— Mihir Fadnavis (@mihirfadnavis) December 28, 2013
Sad. Very very sad news. The train fire deaths. And then Farooq Sheikh no more :( May they all rest in peace.
— Marie Gold (@OyeMaria) December 28, 2013
RIP Farooq Sheikh... Gr8 actor ..always liked u in any role.Be it oldies like Chashme Baddoor or recently Lahore & Shanghai
— Ravish Agarwal (@Ravishagarwal) December 28, 2013
What a shitty day this is!? FarooqSheikh is dead. What a loss! :'( He made me smile, big hearted man. Rest in Peace Mr. CHAMKO
— rajivsharma (@rajivWORLD) December 28, 2013
Farooq Sheikh, one of the best actors, passed away:( May his soul rest in peace.
— Prabhu Nair (@PPrabhakar18) December 28, 2013