Indian actor Farooq Shaikh, 65, the plump, unlikely hero of scores of Bollywood films, has died.

Press Trust of India reported that Mr. Shaikh suffered a heart attack Friday in Dubai, where he was visiting his family.

Mr. Shaikh's film career began on a high note with the 1973's Garm Hawa, about the 1947 partition of the subcontinent at the end of British rule. His performance earned him a key role in director Satyajit Ray's The Chess Players, about the decadence of India's feudal classes.

Mr. Shaikh was active in Mumbai's theater scene, and acted in a Hindi version of the satirical British comedy Yes Minister on Indian television. - AP