The Hindi Film Industry has given us some of the most iconic characters which will be remembered forever. One of such characters is Kalia from ‘Sholay’ played by Viju Khote whose dialogues are quoted even to this day. Truly, we have lost a gem of an actor.
Veteran film and theatre actor Viju Khote passed away this morning in Mumbai. According to a report by NDTV, the 77-year-old actor, who had been ill for quite some time and suffered from multiple organ failures, died a peaceful death in his sleep.
His niece Bhavana Balsavar was recorded saying that Viju Khote was brought back from the hospital as he wanted to be with his family during his last few days.
The actor has been seen in more than 300 films in Hindi and Marathi. His most celebrated performances are from ‘Sholay’ and ‘Andaaz Apna Apna’. His famous dialogue from the latter “Galti se mistake ho gaya” make us giggle even today!
Actor Rishi Kapoor took to Twitter to write a heartwarming message for his farewell. Fans also bid goodbye to the phenomenal actor and expressed their sadness.
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
Sad to know about the demise of one of the finest actors #vijukhote ji. My deepest condolences to his family.
ओम् शांति !
— Ashoke Pandit (@ashokepandit) September 30, 2019
RIP to the Legendary actor Viju Khote who played a very famous and popular role of Kalia in Sholay 🙏 pic.twitter.com/xNZQUnZ9vn
— Awarapan 🇮🇳 (@KingmakerOne1) September 30, 2019
Kalia is immortal – RIP Mr.Viju Khote 🙏 pic.twitter.com/mPlPENBs49
— Satya (@absolutesatya) September 30, 2019
— Nisha Samant (@nishaaas) September 30, 2019
From Kaalia saying that epic dialogue 'maine aapka namak khaaya hain sardar' to playing the funny Villian in Andaz apna apna to many TV shows where you've made us laugh with your expressions.
Thank you #VijuKhote ji 🙏
— Arvind Ramachander (@arvindia4u) September 30, 2019
Marathi actor Viju Khote no more 🙁
From Kaliya of Sholey 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. pic.twitter.com/sRt8kjc81C
— Abhijeet (@abhic4ever) September 30, 2019
— CinemaRare (@CinemaRareIN) September 30, 2019
Thank you for giving us such memorable roles. You will be missed, Sir.