Vivek Shauq 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 started his acting career in theatre and television. He starred in 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 Delhii Heights, Aitraaz, 36 China Town, Hum Ko Deewana Kar Gaye, Asa Nu Maan Watna Da, Dil Hai Tumara, Mini Punjab and Nalaik. He had worked with and was greatly influenced by Jaspal Bhatti.
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, Janaury 11th 2011 at 4pm at Sant Nirankari Mission..