Last Updated: November 26, 2022, 21:59 IST
Vikram Gokhale Dies at 77 Live Updates: Film, television and stage actor Vikram Gokhale on Saturday died at a Pune hospital, where he had been undergoing treatment for the last couple of weeks, the hospital authorities said. Gokhale, 77, was admitted to the Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital in Pune earlier this month following health complications.
“We are saddened to announce that Gokhale passed away today at the hospital due to multi organ failure. Our deep condolences,” the hospital said in a statement. Read More
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Shabana Azmi has reminisced about Gokhale’s contribution to theatre and cinema. She shared her love for the Doordarshan series Udaan. “In Hindi cinema he’s known for the occasional burst of genius. But in Marathi cinema his contribution is formidable. Sadly, I never got the opportunity to work with him. But I loved him in the Doordarshan series ‘Udaan’. It was telecast more than thirty years ago. Yet, the character played by Vikram Gokhale ji is fresh and live in our minds. He was the kind of actor who left a lasting impression, no matter how small the role,” Azmi said.
Vikram Gokhale and Amitabh Bachchan were more than just co-stars. Having shared screen space in films like Khuda Gawah and Agneepath, they had known each other for over half a century. Vikram’s debut Hindi film, Parwana, also featured Amitabh Bachchan. In an interview, Gokhale had revealed that it was Bachchan who had helped him find a home in Mumbai in the ’70s, when he had also been facing a financial crunch. “Amitabh Bachchan came to know about this, he personally wrote a letter to Manohar Joshi, who was the Chief Minister of Maharashtra during 1995-99. And I got a house from the government only because of his recommendation<' Gokhale had said.
Actor Nana Patekar shared a photo with his Natasamrat co-star Vikram Gokhale and said he bows his head down in from of his immense talent as an actor.
विक्रम मी कायम तुझ्या समोर नतमस्तक होतो …..असेन…तुझ्या सारखा कलावंत आणि माणूस होणे नाही…. pic.twitter.com/ggQDHK8eo1
— Nana Patekar (@nanagpatekar) November 26, 2022
From Agneepath in 1990 to Ab Aani CD, veteran actor Vikram Gokhale has acted with Amitabh Bachchan in many films. Abhishek Bachchan remembered the late actor as his father’s co-star and offered condolences.
Very sad to hear of the passing of Vikram Gokhle ji. A wonderful actor. Remember as a kid watching him work with my father in Agneepath and Khuda Gawah and loving his portrayal of Rajput Khan! My condolences to his family and his fans. 🙏🏽
— Abhishek 𝐁𝐚𝐜𝐡𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐧 (@juniorbachchan) November 26, 2022
The actor’s mortal remains were taken to Bal Gandharva Sabagruha for family and friends to pay their last respects. Gokhale’s final rites were performed at around 6pm at Vaikunth Crematorium in Pune. According to reports, Maharashtra Cabinet Minister Chandrakant Dada Patil attended the funeral.
Mukkabaaz actor Vineet Kumar Singh also paid tribute to the late Vikram Gokhale, referring to him as a great actor.
एक महान अभिनेता विक्रम गोखले सर।ईश्वर से प्रार्थना है की वो आपकी आत्मा को शान्ति प्रदान करें।
— Vineet Kumar Singh (@vineetkumar_s) November 26, 2022
After Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah took to social media to pay his last respects to late actor Vikram Gokhale. He tweeted from his official handle, “Vikram Gokhale Ji was a very seasoned actor, his demise is deeply saddening. He left an indelible mark on the hearts of all cinema lovers. His work will always be remembered. My condolences to his family, friends and followers. Om Shanti Shanti Shanti.”
Vikram Gokhale Ji was a very seasoned actor, his demise is deeply saddening. He left an indelible mark on the hearts of all cinema lovers. His work will always be remembered. My condolences to his family, friends and followers. Om Shanti Shanti Shanti.
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) November 26, 2022
Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar took to Twitter to pay his heartfelt tributes to the late actor Vikram Gokhale. He wrote, “A veteran of the industry and one of the most versatile actors. My heartfelt tributes to Vikram Gokhale ji and condolences to his family. We shall all miss his presence on the big screen.”
Praful Patel was out of the many politicians who took to Twitter to express grief at actor Vikram Gokhale’s death. He wrote on his official Twitter handle, “My heartfelt condolences on the passing away of Veteran Actor Vikram Gokhale ji. He was known for his impactful performances in numerous films over five decades. Indian Film industry has lost an iconic actor.”
My heartfelt condolences on the passing away of Veteran Actor Vikram Gokhale ji. He was known for his impactful performances in numerous films over five decades. Indian Film industry has lost an iconic actor. May his soul rest in peace. Om Shanti.#VikramGokhale pic.twitter.com/bvyEMvy7NU
— Praful Patel (@praful_patel) November 26, 2022
Sachin Pilgaonkar remembered late actor Vikram Gokhale and called his demise a great loss to the industry. He also expressed his pleasure in sharing the screen with the veteran actor.
Anil Kapoor took to Twitter to share throwback photos with late actor Vikram Gokhale from one of their films. He wrote, “I had the honour & privilege to work with Vikram Gokhale ji in one of the films that is very very close to my heart and his contribution to that film was immense, had a great time working with him…he was a great actor of Indian Cinema…(1/2)” and continued, “respected and immensely admired theatre & star actor in Marathi cinema…always looked forward to his performances in the films I have seen..his absence will be felt dearly…my heartfelt condolences to the family 🙏🏻”
I had the honour & privilege to work with Vikram Gokhale ji in one of the films that is very very close to my heart and his contribution to that film was immense, had a great time working with him…he was a great actor of Indian Cinema…(1/2) pic.twitter.com/YG8RYbUgnE
— Anil Kapoor (@AnilKapoor) November 26, 2022
Actress Nimrit Kaur remembered Vikram Gokhale and said the late actor’s contribution to the world of art will be cherished forever. She wrote, “Deepest condolences and prayers to the family and all his loved ones. #VikramGokhale ji’s immeasurable contribution to the world of art will be cherished forever. May he rest in peace and glory. #RIPVikramGokhale ji”
Shiv Sena (UBT) leader Uddhav Thackeray said actor Vikram Gokhale’s passing was a great loss. Thackeray added Gokhale had staunch views on several issues. “He was a popular Marathi face in Hindi cinema. It is difficult to believe he is no more,” Uddhav Thackeray expressed.
Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis said actor Vikram Gokhale’s death created a vacuum in the field of cinema and theatre which will never be filled. “His acting prowess is reflected through his body language and eyes. Apart from acting, he worked for the welfare of families of the disabled soldiers and homeless children,” he said.
Maharashtra Governor B S Koshyari on Saturday remembered veteran actor Vikram Gokhale as the extraordinary actor who set standards for good acting with his skills. “Vikram Gokhale was an extraordinary actor known for his remarkable acting skills. Gokhale set standards for good acting with his trademark style and dialogue delivery. He played stellar roles in many films and dramas. Some films and dramas are remembered mainly because of his acting,” the governor said in a condolence message.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to social media to express his grief over the passing away of actor Vikram Gokhale and offered condolences. He wrote on Twitter, “Vikram Gokhale Ji was a creative and versatile actor. He will be remembered for many interesting roles in his long acting career. Saddened by his demise. Condolences to his family, friends and admirers. Om Shanti.”
Vikram Gokhale Ji was a creative and versatile actor. He will be remembered for many interesting roles in his long acting career. Saddened by his demise. Condolences to his family, friends and admirers. Om Shanti.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 26, 2022
Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Coal and Mines of India, Pralhad Joshi mourned the demise of late actor Vikram Gokhale. Taking to Twitter, he wrote, “Deeply saddened by the demise of veteran actor Shri Vikram Gokhale Ji. He is admired by the fans for his variety of roles in cinema, television, and theatre. My thoughts are with his family and fans. Om Shanti”
Politician Prakash Javadekar took to social media to mourn the demise of the late actor Vikram Gokhale. Sharing his photo on his official Twitter handle, Javadekar wrote, “Saddened by the demise of veteran actor #VikramGokhale. He was a Versatile Actor as well a committed social activist. He left an indelible mark in Marathi, Hindi Theatre &Film industry with his extraordinary performances. My heartfelt condolences to his family. Om Shanti!”
Late actor Vikram Gokhale’s great grandmother, Durgabai Deodhar was the first Indian actress to appear in a film. She starred in Dadasaheb Phalke’s film Mohini Bhasmasur. Gokhale’s father, too, was a well-known Marathi film and stage actor. Moreover, the late actor’s grandmother was the first female child artist of Indian cinema.
After the news of his demise broke, several celebrities from the film fraternity took to social media to pay their respects. Politicians such as Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Anurag Thakur, Pralhad Joshi, Prakash Javadekar and Raj Thackeray among others mourned the demise of the veteran actor as well.
His mortal remains will be kept at the Balgandharva Auditorium in the city and the last rites will be performed at the Vaikunth crematorium in the evening, a family friend of the actor said.
Gokhale was admitted to the ICU of the Pune hospital after his health deteriorated. His condition was said to be “critical” and he was on a ventilator. Late on Wednesday night, social media was abuzz with speculation about the actor’s death, but his family or the doctors treating him had not issued any official statement.
On Thursday, his family refuted news reports of his death that emerged on the internet late Wednesday night. Gokhale’s wife, Vrushali Gokhale, confirmed that the ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’ actor was “still alive”. On Friday, the hospital issued a statement that he was showing signs of improvement. Unfortunately, the actor passed away on Saturday.
Gokhale, an artist equally at home in theatre, television and movies, acted in several Marathi and Bollywood films, including the Amitabh Bachchan-starrer “Agneepath” (1990), “Bhool Bhulaiyaa” (2007), “Natsamrat” (2015) and “Mission Mangal” (2019). His latest release is the Marathi film “Godavari”.
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