Farooq Shaikh is an Indian actor, who did most of his films during the 1970s and 1980s.Shaikh was born to Mustafa Shaikh,hansot a Mumbai Lawyer and Farida Shaikh in Amroli Dist. Baroda. His family was zamindari, and he grew up in a luxurious surroundings. He was eldest of the five children.He went to St Mary’s School, Mumbai and then to St. Xavier's College, Mumbai. He studied Law at Siddharth College of Law]. He attended the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune
In his early days, he was active in theatre, doing plays with IPTA and with well-known directors like Sagar Sarhadi. His first major film role was in the 1973 film Garam Hawa. He went onto act in several notable films such as Satyajit Ray's Shatranj Ke Khiladi (Chess Players) (1977), Noorie (1979), Chashme Buddoor (1981) and Kissi Se Na Kehna (1983)., Katha and Saath Saath,umrao jaan.
In the 1990s he acted in fewer films and made his last few film appearance in Mohabbat (1997) and Saas Bahu Aur Sensex (2008).Shaikh is married to Rupa Jain, who he courted for nine years before tying the knot. He has two daughters Shaista and Sanaa