Legendary Actor Vikram Gokhale, age 82, died while receiving treatment at a hospital in Pune. The actor had been hospitalized for more than 15 days in a critical condition.
The remains of Vikram Gokhale will be carried to the Balgandharva Sabhagruha in Pune tomorrow morning, as per sources who spoke with Etimes.
Ajay Devgn, who shared the screen space with Gokhale, took to Twitter to share his thoughts.
Vikram Gokhale Sir brought a lot of gravitas to the roles he essayed. He always stood tall. I had the good fortune of sharing screen time with him. His passing away is very sad. I pray his soul finds eternal peace. RIP Vikram Sir.
Condolences to his family 🙏🕉Shanti pic.twitter.com/8oAWP2zBjm— Ajay Devgn (@ajaydevgn) November 23, 2022
On social media, fans have been paying tribute to the late actor, and messages of condolence have also been pouring in.
Rip💐 Vikram Gokhle,
unforgettable performance of Vikram Gokhle from natsamrat movie.#VikramGokhale pic.twitter.com/qgjWxoNZd7— Ajay Ashok Sutar (@Ajay_S99) November 23, 2022
Sad to hear the demise of veteran actor #VikramGokhale ji one of the finest talented actor , his contribution in Hindi & Marathi cinema for his performance will always be remembered. 🙏#OmShanti 🙏 pic.twitter.com/yvIh1EJQ1r— Madhur Bhandarkar (@imbhandarkar) November 23, 2022
Vikram Gokhale previously ran an acting academy in Pune, where he and his wife have lived for several years. His wife, Vrushali Gokhle, and two daughters survive him.
He comes from an acting family. His grandmother was an actress, while his father was a Marathi cinema and theatre actor.
#VikramGokhale with grandmother Kamlabai Gokhale (& her mother Durgabai Kamat) were First Female Actors of Indian cinema. Also seen is his father, actor Chandrakant Gokhale. pic.twitter.com/fFXNdyti4U— Bollywoodirect (@Bollywoodirect) November 23, 2022
While speaking to ETimes, he once reminisced that Amitabh Bachchan lent him a helping hand during his initial days in Bollywood.
“I went through a lot of struggle when I entered this Industry. I was going through a huge financial crunch and was looking for shelter in Mumbai. When 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. I still have that letter with me, which I have framed. I am so proud that he knows me, and I know him. We have been friends for the last 55 years. I love his attitude and nature,” Vikram Gokhale told ETimes in 2021.
While playing Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s father in the 1999 Sanjay Leela Bhansali film “Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam,” he left quite an impression on viewers.
Other popular Bollywood films in which Vikram Gokhale has appeared include Hey Ram, Tum Bin, Bhool Bhulaiyaa, Hichki, and Mission Mangal. Along with Abhimanyu Dassani, Shirley Setia, and Shilpa Shetty, he starred in his last Bollywood film, “Nikamma,” in 2022.