Sheikh was initially educated as a lawyer and made his debut in acting relatively late in life, starting with his college theater, where he met wife Rupa.
He garnered wide attention in 1975 with his cinematic debut in "Garam Hawa" and later went on to star in several notable films in the 1970s and 80s, including "Shatranj Ke Khiladi," "Noorie," "Chashme Buddoor" and "Kissi Se Na Kehna."
He died Friday night of a heart attack, and was survived by his wife and daughter Shaista and Sanaa, the India Times reported.
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