Mumbai: Veteran actor Viju Khote who was know for his memorable role Kalia in film Sholay died because of multiple organ failure, here on Monday. He was 77.

He became famous for playing ‘Kalia’ in Sholay, and ‘Robert’ in Andaz Apna Apna. In Sholay, in a timid and frightful exchange with a livid Gabbar, he spoke one of the most well-known lines in Hindi cinema: ‘Tera kya hoga Kaalia … Sardar maine aapka namak khaya hai … Ab goli kha’.

He passed away today around 6.55 am peacefully in his sleep at his residence, informed Khote’s niece and actor Bhavana Balsavar.

The actor had started his career in 1964 and has appeared in over 300 Hindi and Marathi films that include Chinagate, Mela, Nagina, Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge and Golmaal 2. He played the famous character ‘Robert’ in ‘Andaz Apna Apna’ (1994) whose dialogue ‘galti se mistake ho gaya’ became quite popular and made him a well-known name in the industry.

His contribution to the Indian cinema is immense as he had a long career spanning over 50 years. Besides films, Viju Khote had also worked in numerous television shows and plays. He is most remembered for his role in the serial ‘Zabaan Sambhal Ke’.

Curated by Aditya Nayak