Veteran Hindi and Marathi film-theatre actor Viju Khote passed away on Monday due to multiple organ failure. He was 77. The actor, most famous for playing the dacoit Kalia in "Sholay" and Robert in "Andaz Apna Apna", died at his residence.
"He passed away today at 6.55 am peacefully in his sleep at the residence. He has been unwell since quite sometime. He had multiple organ failure," actor Bhavana Balsavar, his niece, told PTI. "He did not wish to die in the hospital so we had brought him home few days ago. It is a great loss for all of us," she said. The last rites of the actor will be performed at Chandan Wadi around 11 am.
Khote featured in popular films like "Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak", "Ventilator" and the TV show "Zabaan Sambhalke".
Viju Khote is known for his work in more than 300 films in Hindi and Marathi cinema, famous as the dacoit Kalia in the film Sholay and the dialogue, "Sardar maine aapka namak khaya hai" or his role in Andaz Apna Apna as Robert with the dialogue "galti se mistake hogaya". He also featured in Golmaal 3 recently.
A dear friend and a veteran actor Viju Khoté passed on today. May you rest in eternal peace. 🙏🙏🙏— satish shah (@sats45) September 30, 2019
Sad to know about the demise of one of the finest actors #vijukhote ji. My deepest condolences to his family.— Ashoke Pandit (@ashokepandit) September 30, 2019
ओम् शांति !
Sholay actor Viju Khote passes away at 77— Abram Khan (@abramkhan0070) September 30, 2019
From Kalia to Robert..#VijuKhote sir you will be remembered.
Viju Khote, best known for his role as #Kaalia in #Sholay, has worked over 300 films.
Heart Touching Dialogue for #GabbarSingh
Rest in Peace Sir. 🙏#RIPVijuKhote pic.twitter.com/RSEoKh5tiG
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