Veteran actor Viju Khote passes away at 77

Viju Khote died, Hindi actor, dacoit Kalia, Sholay, multiple organs failure
Viju Khote featured in popular films like Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, Ventilator and the TV show Zabaan Sambhalke. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Veteran Hindi and Marathi film-theatre actor Viju Khote, who is best known for his role as dacoit Kalia in Sholay, passed away on Monday (September 30) due to multiple organs failure. He was 77.

The actor, also famous for playing Robert in Andaz Apna Apna, died at his residence. “He passed away today at 6.55 AM peacefully in his sleep at the residence. He has been unwell for quite some time. He had multiple organ failure,” actor Bhavana Balsavar, his niece, told PTI.

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His niece said that he hadn’t wanted to die in the hospital, so they brought him home a few days ago, according to PTI. “It is a great loss for all of us,” she added.

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The last rites for the actor will be performed around 11 AM at Chandan Wadi.

Khote featured in popular films like Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, Ventilator and the TV show Zabaan Sambhalke.

(With inputs from agencies)

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