Leading lady of many Indian art-house films, as well as the commercial Hindi cinema. From a celebrated show-business family, Azmi has worked with Mrinal Sen, Satyajit Ray, Shyam Benegal and Gautan Gho...
Bollywood stars including Anupam Kher, Shabana Azmi and Farhan Akhtar gathered in Mumbai, India on Monday (30Dec13) to bid a final farewell to late actor Farooq Sheikh. The veteran actor passed away at the age of 65 on Friday (27Dec13) after suffering a heart attack while on vacation in Dubai with his family.
His body was flown into Mumbai Airport on Monday afternoon before family members and celebrities congregated for Sheikh's funeral in the evening.
The actor was buried next to his mother Farida's grave at a burial ground in the city's Andheri area.
Azmi, who starred alongside Sheikh in an play called Tumhari Amrita, paid tribute to the late star, saying, "Parda gir gaya hai (the curtain has fallen). This was our last play which we performed together on December 14 in Agra. There will be no show without Farooq."
Actor Kher adds, "This man had an aura of positivity around him. He touched so many lives."
The actor, dubbed the Indian film industry's first superstar, passed away at his home in Mumbai on Wednesday (18Jul12) after a battle with ill health. The cause of his death was unclear as WENN went to press.
Khanna shot to fame playing romantic leads in a string of hit Bollywood movies in the 1960s and '70s, and went on to star in more than 160 films.
He won the Filmfare Best Actor Award three times, and was honoured with the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005.
In the 1990s he moved into politics, serving as a Member of Parliament in New Delhi until 1996.
His son-in-law, actor Akshay Kumar told reporters outside Khanna's home, "He has gone to a very nice and heavenly place. We are very happy that he (has) gone there. I hope everybody there whoever is watching him can just say a little prayer for him."
Fellow Bollywood veteran Shabana Azmi paid tribute to her late peer, taking to Twitter.com to pay her respects, writing, "He was the SUPERSTAR like no other. Did 10 films with him. Met him last at Apsara awards. Pale shadow of himself but smile as winsome."
Leading lady of many Indian art-house films, as well as the commercial Hindi cinema. From a celebrated show-business family, Azmi has worked with Mrinal Sen, Satyajit Ray, Shyam Benegal and Gautan Ghose, and is the only Indian actress to have won four National Awards--the Indian equivalent of an Oscar--for her screen work.