Veteran Actor Viju Khote Dies At 77

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Veteran actor Viju Khote died in Mumbai on Monday because of multiple organ failure at the age of 77.

He was famous for playing Kalia in Sholay, and Robert in Andaz Apna Apna. In Sholay, in a timid and frightful exchange with a livid Gabbar, he spoke one of the most well-known lines in Hindi cinema: “Tera kya hoga Kaalia … Sardar maine aapka namak khaya hai … Ab goli kha”.

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"He passed away today at 6.55 am peacefully in his sleep at the residence,” Khote’s niece and actor Bhavana Balsavar told PTI. She added that he had been unwell for some time. “He did not wish to die in the hospital so we had brought him home a few days ago,” Balsavar said. “It is a great loss for all of us.”

The actor had started his career in 1964 and has appeared in over 300 Hindi and Marathi films that include Chinagate, Mela, Nagina, Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge and Golmaal 2. He played the famous character 'Robert' in 'Andaz Apna Apna' (1994) whose dialogue 'galti se mistake ho gaya' became quite popular and made him a well-known name in the industry.

His contribution to the Indian cinema is immense as he had a long career spanning over 50 years. Besides films, Viju Khote had also worked in numerous television shows and plays. He is most remembered for his role in the serial 'Zabaan Sambhal Ke'.

The late actor had made an everlasting impact in the cult Marathi film, 'Ashi Hi Banva Banvi'. Son of a noted stage actor Nandu Khote, he managed to make the audience laugh through films like 'Ajab Prem Ki Gazab Kahani,' 'Garam Masala,' 'Aamdani Atthanni Kharcha Rupaiya' and many more which will be cherished forever. 

Watch Viju Khote in the iconic scene from Sholay here:

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