Chasme Badoor

As the year comes to an end, the recent news of demise of one of India’s finest movie stars shook me out of my self-imposed exile from my blog. Books and movies have always had effect on people, but it is not very often that one can associate so deeply with someone one has never met or known personally and feel their loss so deeply.

I enjoyed watching Chasme Badoor, Saath Saath, Katha, Umrao Jaan.. and many more of his wonderful movies. Most of these movies ‘are’ so good and connect with the reality.  Farooque Shaikh with his acting – completely grounded and simple is brilliant. Till date, there hasn’t been a single character played by him which I didn’t like. It is the simplicity and not the larger than life image that he carried that is endearing.  Few years ago, I had the opportunity to watch the play ‘Aapki Soniya’, a sequel to the popular play ‘Tumhari Amrita’. It was Farooque Shaikh and Sonali Bendre on stage and needless to say it was a wonderful experience.

Couple of days ago when I read about the death of Farooque Shaikh, it took me a while to digest and last evening while reading about him from his dear friends, the reality of it started sinking in. I am glad I got the opportunity to see him perform in person and now wish that I had tried to see the prequel Tumhari Amrita…
It is in honor of a true artist that I cannot bring myself to use ‘past tense’. Also, I will ensure D develops an interest to appreciate the subtle comedy that keeps the colors of life alive and enables one to share it with just the few who live by it.