His body will be flown to Mumbai on Saturday for his last rites.
"Only ever met him once & didn't actually know him but he was an amazingly polite gentleman. Very pleasant encounter. RIP Farooq Sheikh Sahib," tweeted Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah.
Superstar Amitabh Bachchan posted on micro-blogging site Twitter: "Farooq Sheikh passes away !!? A true gentleman, a wonderful colleague ! A quiet honesty about him. Very very sad !"
"Farooq Sheikh !! Cannot believe he has gone. There was an absence of any kind of pretence in his demeanour, or towards his work !!" he said.
"Farooq Sheikh passes away! Shocked, numbed and saddened. Was supposed to be shooting with him today. A gentleman actor is no more!" posted actor Boman Irani.
"Deeply saddened to hear about Farooq Sheikh. Will miss his warmth, acting skills & gentlemanly demeanour.RIP sir," said filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar.
Farooq Sheikh is best known for his films during the 1970s and 1980s.
His major contribution was in Parallel Cinema or the New Indian Cinema.
He has worked with directors like Satyajit Ray, Muzaffar Ali, Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Ketan Mehta.
He has acted in many serials and shows on television and performed on stage in famous productions such as Tumhari Amrita (1992), alongside Shabana Azmi, directed by Feroz Abbas Khan, and presented the TV show, Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai (Season 1).
He won the 2010 National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for Lahore.
He was married to Rupa Jain, whom he courted for nine years before tying the knot. He has two daughters - Shaista and Sanaa.
Some of his memorable films were Umrao Jaan, Shatranj Ke Khiladi, Chashme Buddoor, Kissi Se Na Kehna and Noorie.
--IBNS (Posted on 28-12-2013)