- “He had multiple organ failure,” his niece told PTI
- “It is a great loss for all of us,” she added
- Viju Khote is best known for his roles in Sholay and Andaz Apna Apna
Veteran actor Viju Khote, best known for his roles in films such as Sholay and Andaz Apna Apna, died in Mumbai on Monday morning, reported news agency PTI. Viju Khote was 77. Speaking to PTI, 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 told PTI. The last rites will be performed at Chandan Wadi around 11 am, reported PTI.
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.
Rishi Kapoor, who worked with Viju Khote in Karz, remembered the late actor with these words: “We will miss you.”