New Delhi. ‘How many men were there?’ This dialogue from the film ‘Sholay’ is still quite popular among the audience. Now if you remember this dialogue, then how would you have forgotten ‘Kalia’, a member of dacoit Gabbar Singh’s gang seen in this scene. The role of ‘Kalia’ became so popular among the audience that even today someone is seen copying her. The character of ‘Kalia’ was played by actor Viju Khote in the 1975 film ‘Sholay’. His role in this film was only for 7 minutes, but he left a deep impression on the hearts of the audience with his small role.
With his powerful acting in the 7-minute role of ‘Sholay’, he gave a tough competition to the film’s lead villain Amjad Khan along with lead actors Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra. According to media reports, he got a fee of only Rs 2500 for this small role in this film. However, due to lack of many film offers in those days, Viju Khote immediately said yes to this film as soon as he got the offer.
Apart from ‘Sholay’, this actor is also known for the film ‘Andaz Apna Apna’ directed by Rajkumar Santoshi. In this film, the audience would burst out laughing as soon as they heard his dialogue ‘Galti se mistake ho gaya’. His role in this film was also very small, but due to his amazing comic timing and brilliant acting, he managed to leave his impact in this film too.
Worked in more than 300 films
Now if we talk about the acting career of actor Viju Khote, he has worked in more than 300 films. His role in each film was only for 10-15 minutes, but he made the audience laugh a lot with every character. ‘Qurbani’, ‘Kalicharan’, ‘Bhai Ho To Aisa’, ‘Pukar’, ‘Karma’, ‘Ek Aur Sikandar’ are among his best films.
belonged to a film family
Let us tell you, well-known actress of Marathi film industry Durga Khote was the sister-in-law of actor Viju Khote. Actress Durga Khote had earned a lot of name everywhere from films to theatres. Apart from Marathi films, this actress has also been a part of many Hindi films.
FIRST PUBLISHED: October 3, 2023, 13:23 IST
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