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Viju Khote, aka Kalia of Sholey, passes away

By Bombay Talkies 09 30, 2019 | 08:23 AM
Bollywood fans mourn for the 77-year-old actor

Veteran actor Viju Khote has passed away at the age of 77 on Monday, due to multiple organ failure.

The legendary Bollywood actor, who stepped into the Indian film Industry in the year 1964, is best known for the iconic role as dacoit Kalia in Ramesh Sippy’s Sholey. Despite having merely two scenes in the cult classic, Viju Khote has immortalised Kalia and made him one of most memorable characters of Indian cinema! Apart from Sholey, the actor had worked in numerous Hindi and Marathi films, including Rajkumar Santoshi’s Andaz Apna Apna, where he played Robert.

According to actor Bhavana Balsavar “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.”She added, "He did not wish to die in the hospital so we had brought him home few days ago. It is a great loss for all of us."