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Farooq Shaikh | Bollywood actor, 65

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

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