Vivek Shauq (21 June 1963 – 10 January 2011) was a noted actor, comedian, writer and singer. He had acted in Hindi and Punjabi films, television serials, theatre and television commercials. He was also a popular writer and singer. Shauq was also involved with the Sant Nirankari Mission. He was fluent in Urdu. He was also the founding member of Nonsense Club. He died of a heart attack on 10 January 2011 in Mumbai, at the age of 47. He is survived by his wife and three children.
Shauq was born on 21 June 1963 in Chandigarh. His father died in 1980 and mother in late 80’s, He did his study from Indo-Swiss Training Centre (ISTC).
Shauq started his acting career in theatre and television. He starred in Ulta Pulta and Flop Show on Doordarshan, alongside Jaspal Bhatti. He then shifted his focus to Punjabi films and Hindi films. His first Hindi film was Barsaat Ki Raat in 1998. He was noticed in Gadar: Ek Prem Katha. His prominent films included Delhi Heights, Aitraaz, 36 China Town, Hum Ko Deewana Kar Gaye, Asa Nu Maan Watna Da, Dil Hai Tumhaara, Mini Punjab and Nalaik. He had worked with and was greatly influenced by Jaspal Bhatti, who considered him his right-hand man.
He suffered a heart attack on 3 January and was admitted to Jupiter Hospital in Thane. He was on life support but slipped into a coma and could not be revived. On Monday, 10 January 2011 Shauq died from septicemia. His funeral was held on Tuesday, 11 January 2011 at 4pm at Sant Nirankari Mission.