Heartbroken Shubha Khote remembers her brother Viju Khote

Popular actress Shubha Khote broke down several times remembering her late brother and actor Viju Khote. Viju Khote passed away on September 30 at the age of 77.

“Who will praise me now? Who will make me feel special?” actress Shubha Khote remembers her late brother with tears in eyes.

Talking about the brother-sister bonding, Shubha said, “He loved my cooking and he insisted that all our friends have a meal cooked by me. Viju lost his wife quite early. After that, I looked  after him and his two children. He was my biggest support. I was a national-level swimming and cycling champ and he encouraged me to pursue these as much as possible.”

Both the siblings were quite professional on the set.. Says Shubhaji, “Our father Nandu Khote was a professional theatre and film actor. He did films in the silent era as well. Viju and I were born into the profession. Whenever we worked together in a film like Waqt Hamara Hai or in the serial Zabaan Sambhal Ke we ceased to be siblings. We were thorough professionals on the sets.”

She feels her brother was undervalued as an actor. “People recalled him by the Sholay dialogue when there was so much more to him. He was really good in films like Kasauti and Andaz Apna Apna.”

Viju Khote’s death has left a void in Shubha Khote’s life “We were not twins. But were as close”.