Actor Viju Khote, best known for his roles in Sholay and Andaz Apna Apna, passed away on Monday due to multiple organ failure. He was 77.
“He passed away today at 6.55 am peacefully in his sleep at his residence. He has been unwell since quite some time. He had multiple organ failure,” actor and niece Bhavana Balsavar told PTI.
“He did not wish to die in the hospital so we had brought him home a few days ago. It is a great loss for all of us,” she added.
After making his silver screen debut in 1964 film Ya Malak, Viju went on to star in movies like Sholay, Qurbani, Karz, Nagina, Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak and Andaz Apna Apna among more.
Viju Khote is best remembered for his brief role in Sholay, in which he played an underling of Amjad Khan’s Gabbar. His character in the film, Kalia. spoke one of the most well-known lines in Hindi cinema: “Sardar maine aap ka namak khaya hai.”
In Andaz Apna Apna, he played the role of Robert and his appearance was also marked by a dialogue that later became famous: “Galti se mistake ho gaya.”
He was also known for his work in popular 90s sitcom Zabaan Sambhalke, which was based on British show Mind Your Language.
Besides having over 300 Hindi and Marathi films to his credit, Viju Khote was also active in Marathi theatre.