Veteran actor Viju Khote died in Mumbai on Monday morning, he was 77.
“He passed away today at 6.55 am peacefully in his sleep at the residence. He has been unwell since quite some time. He had multiple organ failure,” the actor’s niece Bhavana Balsavar said.
“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 added while speaking with the media.
Viju Khote has acted 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, featured in several TV soaps as well, with his most popular role being in Nineties’ sitcom Zabaan Sambhalke. Viju Khote was last seen in 2018 film Jaane Kyun De Yaaron, ahead of which he also starred in a web-series titled Jeeney Bhi Do Yaaron.
In the recent years, Viju Khote has starred in films such as Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani, Golmaal 3, Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge and Priyanka Chopra’s Marathi production Ventilator.
Rishi Kapoor, who worked with Viju Khote in Karz, remembered the late actor with these words: “We will miss you.”
RIP. Viju Khote. Dear friend over the years. Though much elder,we used to bike together along with sister Shobha Khote ji,when I was young. Passionate and well informed about American films. We will miss you” Viju kutte aahe? pic.twitter.com/6e6KXaepFI
— Rishi Kapoor (@chintskap) September 30, 2019
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