Viju Khote, known for his role of ‘Kalia’ from Sholay passed away on Monday due to multiple organ failure.
The actor, who worked in a number of Hindi and Marathi films, has been working in the film industry since 1964. Apart from Sholay, he is remembered for his roles in films like Andaz Apna Apna, in which he starred as Robert.
He was also known for his work in popular 90s sitcom Zabaan Sambhalke, which was based on British show Mind Your Language.
The actor is related to veteran actors Shubha Khote and Durga Khote.
Here’s remembering 5 iconic roles of the veteran actor:
- Andaz Apna Apna
Andaz Apna Apna is a comedy film directed by Rajkumar Santoshi, starring Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, Karisma Kapoor, Raveena Tandon, Paresh Rawal and Shakti Kapoor in the lead roles. The film is a cult classic although it was a box office failure. Vijay Khote essayed the popular role of Robert in the movie.
2) Garam Masala
Garam Masala is a comedy film directed by Priyadarshan featuring Akshay Kumar, John Abraham, Rimi Sen, Neha Dhupia, Paresh Rawal, and Rajpal Yadav. Vijay Khote essayed the role of Akshay and john’s boss in the movie. His comedy timing was also well appreciated.
Sholay is considered a classic and one of the best Indian films. Vijay Khote’s role as Kalia is one of the iconic roles till date.
4) Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge
Vijay Khote was seen in a cameo of Kalia in the movie Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge that starred Ajay Devgn, Paresh Rawal, Konkana Sengupta in lead roles.
5) Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani
Vijay Khote reprised the role of Robert in the movie Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani for a brief role. The movie starred Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif in lead roles.
Apart from these, the actor was a part of many films as a supporting actor. Viju was last seen in 2018 film Jaane Kyun De Yaaron.