Sholay’s Kalia, Actor Viju Khote is dead at 77


Bollywood actor Viju Khote who portrayed the famous ‘Kalia’ character in the epic movie ‘Sholay’ passed away in his residence at 6.55 AM on Monday.

Khote was 77 and died due to multiple organ failure while in sleep.

Viju Khote had health issues for quite some time and was admitted in hospital earlier.

Viju Khote made his first screen debut in a Marathi movie ‘Ya Malak’ in 1964. Later, he essayed prominent roles in some cult Bollywood films like Sholay, Qurbani, Karz, Nagina, Qayamat se Qayamat Tak, Andaz Apna Apna and many more.

However, the “Sardar maine aap ka namak khaya hai” line in the 1975 movie Sholay, still marks Khote’s best dialogue ever.



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