- Vikram Gokhale breathed his last yesterday, November 26, following a multiple organ failure.
- The veteran actor is well known for his work in films such as Hum Dil Chuke Sanam, Agneepath, and Anumati.
- Here is a glimpse of his professional journey
What happened to Vikram Gokhale
Vikram Gokhale, an integral of the film industry breathed his last yesterday, November 26, in Pune at the Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital after a multi-organ failure. Gokhale has been hospitalized there since November 5, he was 77. As per hospital reports. His health began to worsen on Saturday morning following which he was put on ventilator support. The veteran actor who made waves in the Indian cinema and television industry with his remarkable work was in his 80s and left his fans heartbroken. Vikram noted theater artist Chandrakant Gokhale’s son, who followed in his father’s footsteps when he acted in the Marathi play Katha.
Gokhale’s beginning days as a actor
In 1971, the actor made his acting debut with the critically praised Marathi film Mai Mauli, which revolves around the issue of caste discrimination. In the same year, he made his Bollywood debut with the psychological thriller Parwana (1971), in which he played a brief role of a police officer. The film was directed by Jyoti Swaroop and starred Amitabh Bachchan in the lead.
Post this, the late actor acted in films such as the Vinod Khanna-led Insaaf, Sanjeev Kumar’s Swarg Narak, and the Saeed Akhtar Mirza-helmed Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro, carving a niche for himself.
Gokhale’s Career With Big B
It was however Agneepath (1990)that proved to be a game changer for Gokhale. He went on to work with Bachchan which was quite an achievement. The film collapsed at the box office but eventually received cult status. He reunited with Big B for Khuda Gawah(1992). The film received rapturous reviews and came out as a blockbuster.
Gokhale later met celebrated Marathi film and theater director Vijaya Mehta, under whom he sharpened his acting talent. He went on to work with megastar Sanjeev Kumar and got his breakthrough in KS Sethumadhavan’s ‘Yehi Hai Zindagi‘.In the movie, he starred in the role of Krishna and received much appreciation and love.
Gokhale in ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’
In 1999, the late actor landed one of his most historic roles as Pundit Darbar, a well-known exponent of Indian classical music, in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s romantic blockbuster film’ Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam‘ which starred Salman Khan. It featured Gokhale in the role of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s father who disapproved of her relationship with his disciple Sameer(Salman Khan). The song ‘Albela Sajan’ Which showed Gokhale’s character teaching classical music to Salman, is still contemplated as one of the most paradigmatic tracks of all time, thanks to his incredible lip-syncing skill. The movie became quite popular courtesy of its songs and fundamentally emotional plot.
Gokhale’s National Film Award for Maratha film “Anumati”
The actor made his directorial debut with the Marathi film Aaghaaz, which was released in 2010. In 2013, he achieved a National Film Award for Best Actor for his Marathi film Anumati.In Anumati, he starred in the role of a devastated old man, Ratnakar, who goes through a series of difficulties to save his dying wife.The late actor further acted in top-notch Bollywood movies like Bhool Bhulaiyaa, De Dana Dan, Mission Mangal, and Dil Se. He also appeared in Natsamrat, Dusari Goshta, Prawaas, and AB Aani CD among many others on the Marathi cinema front.
His career with Tv show and OTT
Vikram Gokhale also acted in a few television shows such as Singhasan, Jeevan Saathi, Virrudh, and Sanjivani. He starred in his OTT debut with the 2020 series Avrodh: The Siege Within. He was last seen in Nikamma. The film also cast Abhimanyu Dassani and Shilpa Shetty in the lead and was released in June.
The late actor is survived by his wife Vrushali Gokhale and two daughters.