“He was not just a constant part of my career but also of my life” said Deepti Naval of Farooq Sheikh. If this was the real-life chemistry, then you can expect a marvel of an on-screen chemistry from Farooq Sheikh and Deepti Naval. The 80s saw the best of this leading Bollywood pair in some cult classic movies. You cannot simply miss the innocent charm that exuded out of this romantic couple. Farooq Sheikh’s unconventional good looks and Deepti Naval’s girl-next-door charm was always a winner – and still is. Here’s looking at six movies by this wonderful pair and living memories of fun, joy and laughter:
6. Chashme Budoor
Does anyone not know about Chashme Budoor? I don’t think so. This 1981 buddy film saw the beginning of a beautiful on-screen couple. Together, they were an instant hit. You still can’t forget the good looking Siddharth aka Farooq Sheikh going through his books, or Deepti Naval appearing as a sales-woman for ‘Chamko Powder’. Numerous films have been remade after this, but none have yet been able to create the magic as did they. If you haven’t seen this gem of a comedy, then watch it right now.
5. Saath Saath
This 1982 film was about a single man (Farooq Sheikh) in quest of changing the world with high moral values. Can you really picture anyone else in that role at that time? Not really! This was another of their best movies, which stood out for their romance, and most importantly, the songs. How can anyone forget those ghazals by Jagjit Singh and Chitra Singh? Remember ‘Tumko Dekha To Ye Khayaal Aaya”, “Yu Zindagi ki Raah Mein”, “Pyaar Mujhe Jo Kiya Tumne To Kya Payogi”, “Yeh Bata De Mujhe Zindagi” and “Ye Tera Ghar Ye Mera Ghar”? Did you just start humming? Love hadn’t been as serene before.
4. Kissi Se Na Kehna
Kissi Se Na Kehna is a 1983 film directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee. Already a hit pair, Farooq Sheikh and Deepti Naval were here accompanied by the legendary Utpal Dutt in this comedy of hidden identity. Deepti Naval as the highly educated Dr. Ramola Sharma was sensational and you cannot miss out the oh-so-cool Farooq (in any avatar). They simply look made (Just) for each other. From falling in love, to going through comic struggles, it’s a helluva journey that each of us fans love to go through. Don’t miss out Deepti Naval’s sarees which are just too stunning.
Katha, starring Naseeruddin Shah, Farooq Sheikh and Deepti Naval, is not a stereotypical romance. It’s a rendition of the famous folklore of the hare and the tortoise. This National Award winning film had Naseeruddin Shah symbolizing the tortoise and Farooq Sheikh symbolizing the hare. I know, I know, they don’t get together in the end – but that’s the magic of the movie! Is it worth waiting so long to win the race? Or is it better if you could live your life without getting much? The heart-warming chemistry between the two never escapes our eyes and mind, and we keep asking for more.
2. Rang Birangi
Another gem of a Hrishikesh Mukherjee comedy, Rang Birangi might have stars like Parveen Babi and Amol Palekar, but you don’t really miss out on our fave duo, don’t you? How we wish they would come together for more movies. Farooq Sheikh’s Professor Jeet Saxena and Deepti Naval’s Anita Sood were as good as they could get. The songs play a huge role in getting you closer to this movie and this couple. This is a must-watch movie for fans who crave for a bit of Farooq Sheikh-Deepti Naval romance everywhere.
1. Listen… Amaya
Love to see old sweethearts get together again? Here’s your chance to recapture old flames in this 2013 film starring both Farooq Sheikh and Deepti Naval. Both their characters are aged in this film, lonely, and find the perfect partners in each other for a strong friendship. You’ll see how the relationship grows (much to the distress of Naval’s daughter) leading to an enduring relationship. How we love to watch our favourite actors romancing each other on-screen after several, several years. Are SRK and Kajol listening?