Viju Khote inherited acting genes from his father, says Sachin Pilgaonkar

Being a stage actor, Viju Khote had a strong footing in acting. It is amazing how he was part of two cult films, one each in Hindi and Marathi. One was Sholay (1975) and the other, Ashi Hi Banwa Banwi (1988). It is a great achievement for any actor. Viju got his acting genes from his father (Nandu Khote). I believe he inherited the nuances and finer details of acting from him.

My association with him goes back to Sholay. I got to know him through Shubhatai (Khote, Viju’s sister). After that he worked in Sava Sher (1983), a film produced by my father (Sharad). He was very close to my family. Viju played Ganu, a notorious character in Gammat Jammat (1987). After that I cast and directed him in Ashi Hi Banwa Banwi, Bhutacha Bhau (1989) and Amchya Sarkhe Amhich (1990). We were in touch after that too and kept meeting. I remember I wanted to cast him in Tu Tu Main Main (television show) too, but his dates weren’t available. So, I had to opt for someone else.

Viju Khote with Amjad Khan in Sholay.

Viju Khote with Amjad Khan in Sholay.

He had an endearing personality and was poles apart from the roles he played. He was very good at comedy, but didn’t get roles that would explore it. He used to feel very bad when he was called for one- or two-scene roles in Marathi films. He often asked, “Why don’t they cast me in running roles?” I always kept that in mind and cast him in full-fledged roles. He was a good human being. Although we had an age gap of 15 years, he was my friend.

He celebrated his birthday in a grand way three years ago at his residence. That was the last time I spent time with him at leisure. Earlier this year, Ashok Saraf, Mahesh Kothare and I picked him for the ‘Lifetime achievement award to the legends of cinema industry’ at a Marathi award show. He was very happy and emotional on receiving it. He totally deserved the recognition, but never got it. He was overwhelmed on receiving it from veteran actor Dharmendra.



  1. Pingback: nixon watches replica

  2. Pingback: Tattoo Supplies

  3. Pingback: Vital Flow Review

  4. Pingback: eflash

  5. Pingback: Bitcoin Era Review

  6. Pingback: check us out

  7. Pingback: monique doll wigs

  8. Pingback: bestroofguy

  9. Pingback: repliki zegark��w

  10. Pingback: Study in Uganda

  11. Pingback: jewelry

  12. Pingback: Gorilla cookies

  13. Pingback: RPA for Banking

  14. Pingback: 바카라사이트

  15. Pingback: 뉴토끼

  16. Pingback: swiss exact grade cartier blue balloon 46mm oversized

  17. Pingback: Anonymous

  18. Pingback: nova88

  19. Pingback: jav

  20. Pingback: car movers

  21. Pingback: you can try here

  22. Pingback: Buy lsd Kansas

  23. Pingback: Cherry Pie Strain

  24. Pingback: meet women

  25. Pingback: sbobet

  26. Pingback: devops development company

  27. Pingback: how many olly gummies can i take in a day

  28. Pingback: roof skylight

  29. Pingback: Where to find DMT in Victoria

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

three × five =

News is information about current events. News is provided through many different media: word of mouth, printing, postal systems, broadcasting, electronic communication, and also on the testimony of observers and witnesses to events. It is also used as a platform to manufacture opinion for the population.

Contact Info

D 601  Riddhi Sidhi CHSL
Unnant Nagar Road 2
Kamaraj Nagar, Goreagaon West
Mumbai 400062 .

Email Id: [email protected]

West Bengal

Eastern Regional Office
Indsamachar Digital Media
Siddha Gibson 1,
Gibson Lane, 1st floor, R. No. 114,
Kolkata – 700069.
West Bengal.

Office Address

251 B-Wing,First Floor,
Orchard Corporate Park, Royal Palms,
Arey Road, Goreagon East,
Mumbai – 400065.

Download Our Mobile App

IndSamachar Android App IndSamachar IOS App
To Top
WhatsApp WhatsApp us