Farooq means distinguisher’, i.e. ‘one who distinguishes truth from falsehood’
This is a commonly word used for names of boys.
Farooq Sheikh or Farooque Sheikh (25 March 1948 − 27 December 2013) was an Indian actor, philanthropist and a popular television presenter. He was best known for his work in Hindi films from 1977 to 1989 and for his work in television between 1988 and 2002. He returned to acting in films in 2008 and continued to do so until his death on 27 December 2013. His major contribution was in Parallel Cinema or the New Indian Cinema. He had worked with directors like Satyajit Ray, Muzaffar Ali, Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Ketan Mehta.
He had acted in many serials and shows on television and performed on stage in famous productions such as Tumhari Amrita (1992), alongside Shabana Azmi and presented the TV show, Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai. He won the 2010 National Award for Best supporting Actor for Lahore. He died on 27 December 2013 following a cardiac arrest.
*Urduwallahs pay a tribute to Actor Farooq Sheikh through the month of January.