Mumbai:Veteran actor Viju Khote, best known for his roles in films such as Sholay and Andaz Apna Apna, died in Mumbai on Monday morning. Viju Khote was 77.
The actor’s niece Bhavana Balsavar said: “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.” Ms Balsavar also said that Viju Khote was brought back home from the hospital as he wanted to be with his family in his final days: “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 will be performed at Chandan Wadi around 11 am.
Viju Khote is credited with having starred in over 300 films across Hindi and Marathi cinema. Some of Viju Khote’s most remembered roles include dacoit Kalia in Sholay, who was second in command to Amjad Khan’s Gabbar. His dialogue “Sardar maine aapka namak khaya hai” from Sholay continues to be a famous reference till date. Viju Khote is also well remembered for his dialogue “Galti se mistake ho gaya” in Aamir Khan and Salman Khan’s Andaz Apna Apna, in which he played a confused thug named Robert.
Fans mourned Viju Khote on Twitter, fondly remembering him as Kalia of Sholay and Robert of Andaz Apna Apna. “From Kalia of Sholay to Robert of Andaz Apna Apna, he played many roles in Hindi cinema which may have been small but never forgotten even after all these years,” read a tweet while another added: “Kalia is immortal.”