Viju Khote was popular as Kaalia in Sholay, Robert in Andaaz Apna Apna!
Veteran actor Viju Khote passed away at the age of 77 in Mumbai. He worked in over 300 Hindi, Marathi films, TV shows and was actively working in film since 1964.
The actor died in his sleep due to multiple organ failure and had been unwell for quite some time. He is remembered for his iconic roles in films that include Andaz Apna Apna, in which he starred as Robert.
The actor is related to veteran actors Shubha Khote (Sister) and Durga Khote (Aunt) and his death bring down curtains to a 55-year-old career in films.
Kaalia was one of his most memorable characters, although he appeared in just two scenes in Ramesh Sippy’s Sholay. He said in one of his interviews about his popular character.
“It signifies the tremendous popularity of the movie. And that people liked Kaalia as a character,” he said.
Viju Khote was one of the few actors who had been part of Bollywood’s changing face. He was there when Amitabh Bachchan became the Angry Young Man, whereas managed to stay relevant in the days of dancing men Govinda and Mithun Chakraborty.
In fact, he was relevant even in the Khan era as he shared the screen with Aamir Khan and Salman Khan in Andaaz Apna Apna, and reprised the role in Ajab Prem Ki Gazab Kahani. Celebrities have mourned his death.