Veteran Actor Viju Khote passes away at 77, Bollywood celebrities mourn


Popular actor Viju Khote breathed his last on Monday due to multiple organ failure at his residence. He was 77. He worked in movies, TV shows and ads.

The actor is best known for his negative role in ‘Andaz Apna Apna’, ‘Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak’, ‘Phir Hera Pheri’ ‘Ventilator’ and the TV show ‘Zabaan Sambhalke’. In six decades of his filmy career, Viju Khote has worked in about 300 movies.  

"He passed away today at 6.55 am peacefully in his sleep at the residence. He has been unwell since quite sometime. He had multiple organ failure," actor Bhavana Balsavar, his niece, told PTI.

"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," she said.

The last rites of the actor will be performed at Chandan Wadi around 11 am. The actor is related to veteran actors Shubha Khote and Durga Khote.

Upon hearing the news, Indian filmmaker and social activist Ashoke Pandit expressed sorrow. He wrote on Twitter, "Sad to know about the demise of one of the finest actors #vijukhote ji. My deepest condolences to his family."

Tisca Chopra wrote, "He charmed us in so many varied parts .. most well loved was, of course #Kaalia from #sholay .. RIP #VijuKhote ji."

Actress Esha Gupta wrote, "You’ve given us many unforgettable roles in the best of the films, thank you for your contribution to indian cinema,RIP #VijuKhote ji????????."

Actress Esha Gupta wrote, "You’ve given us many unforgettable roles in the best of the films, thank you for your contribution to indian cinema,RIP #VijuKhote ji????????."

Suniel Shetty wrote, "Will miss you Viju ji... Rest in peace ???? #vijukhote #RIPVijukhote,"

Rishi Kapoor and Ajay Devgn also tweeted their condolences.

RIP. Viju Khote. Dear friend over the years. Though much elder,we used to bike together along with sister Shobha Khote ji,when I was young. Passionate and well informed about American films. We will miss you” Viju kutte aahe? tweets Rishi Kapoor.

Ajay Devgn# Actors like Viju Khote were institutions by themselves. Their large body of work will always be remembered. I’m fortunate to have worked with him on quite a few films. RIP Sir My heartfelt condolences to the family.

May his soul in peace!