Farooque Shaikh, who died on 27 December of a heart attack on a visit to Dubai with his family, was the plump, unlikely hero of scores of Bollywood films. He was born in 1948, his career beginning on a high note with the 1973 film Garm Hawa, about the Partition. His performance earned him a key role in Satyajit Ray's The Chess Players, a study of the decadence of India's feudal classes. His cherubic looks struck a chord with ordinary people, who identified with his man-in-the-street image.
Like this page on Facebook for updates
Tuesday 13 August 2002
Sunday 07 May 2000
Saturday 27 December 1997
International outrage is growing over the massacre of 45 Mayan Indians in Mexico's troubled southern Chiapas province. Yet the state governor shows no sign of resigning.
Sunday 21 September 1997
Feted in the West, sued for obscenity at home, Arundhati Roy refuses to join the subcontinent's literary exodus. Peter Popham reports
Saturday 21 June 1997
Do the best of Midnight's Children still prefer to write in English? Aamer Hussein contests a monoglot view of post-Independence literature; The Vintage Book of Indian Writing, 1947-97 edited by Salman Rushdie and Elizabeth West, Vintage, pounds 7.99
Monday 01 July 1996
The Mexican stock market and the peso is braced for setbacks today after the stunning weekend emergence of a self-styled new guerrilla army near the glitzy Pacific resorts of the southern state of Guerrero.
Sunday 12 February 1995
Colonel killed in rebel ambush
Saturday 16 July 1994
The Inland Revenue has published a leaflet on how to complain about the Revenue in nine languages.
people And here is why...
Life and Style
newsThis and other facts you never knew about the paper circle - completely obsolete today
Arts and Entertainment
comedyFirst national survey reveals Britain’s comedic tastes
Arts and Entertainment
musicHe spotted PM at private gig
newsSouth Korean reports suggest rumours of a coup were unfounded
people'I’d rather have Fred and Rose West quote my characters on childcare'
Isis, we are told, is a 'clear and dangerous threat to our way of life'. I’m sorry, but I just don’t buy it
Exclusive: 'Putin's Russia has been my biggest regret,' says Nato's outgoing Secretary General
The Osborne Ultimatum: Chancellor’s benefits freeze bombshell will affect ten million households
There’s no excuse for Dave Lee Travis’s behaviour, but we need to keep a sense of proportion
Should gay sex be illegal? 16% of Britons think so
Mark Reckless becomes second Tory MP to defect to Ukip in a month
- 1 Green village to be bulldozed and mined for lignite in Germany's quest for non-nuclear fuel
- 4 Teenagers irritable because early school hours mess with their biological clocks
- 5 Now we know whose fault it is if you end up being murdered in Thailand