Vikram Gokhale (1945-2022) was an Indian actor, director, and social activist who primarily appeared in Hindi and Marathi films and television shows. He shot to fame for playing the role in Hindi films Agneepath (1990) as M. S. Gaitonde, Khuda Gawah (1992) as Ranveer Singh, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999) as Pundit Darbar, Bhool Bhulaiyaa (2007) as Acharya Yagyaprakash Bharti, and De Dana Dan (2009) as Paramjeet Singh Lamba. Vikram took his last breath at the Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital on 26 November 2022 after suffering from multiple organ failure.
Vikram Gokhale was born on Wednesday, 14 November 1945 (age 77 years; at the time of death) in Poona, Bombay Presidency, British India (now Pune, Maharashtra, India). His zodiac sign was Scorpio.
Height (approx.): 5′ 6″
Hair Colour: Salt & Pepper
Eye Colour: Hazel Brown
Parents & Siblings
Vikram’s father, Chandrakant Gokhale, was an Indian actor and singer, who died on 20 June 2008, at the age of 87.
His mother, Hemavati Gokhle, was a homemaker. Vikram has a younger brother, and a younger sister, Aparajita Munje.
Wife & Children
On 12 May 1975, Vikram got married to Vrushali Gokhale, an Indian actress.
Together, they have two daughters, Nisha Kekar Adav and Neha Gokhale Sundriyal; both are married.
Vikram’s great-grandfather, Anand Nanoskar, was a former professor of history at the Sir J.J. School of Art in Mumbai, Maharashtra. His great-grandmother, Durgabai Kamat, was an Indian actress, who died on 17 May 1997, at the age of 117. Durgabai, who played the role of Parvati in the Hindi film Mohini Bhasmasur (1913), was the first female actor in Indian cinema. (Mohini Bhasmasur is known to be the first Indian film to have a female actor, which was written, directed, and produced by Dadasaheb Phalke, who is known as the Father of Indian cinema)
Vikram’s grandfather’s name is Raghunathrao Gokhale. His grandmother, Kamlabai Gokhale, who was an actress, is known to be the first female child actor in Indian cinema for playing the role of Mohini in the Hindi film Mohini Bhasmasur, at the age of thirteen. She passed away on 17 May 1998. (Raja Harishchandra, a Hindi film written, directed, and produced by Dadasaheb Phalke, is observed as India’s first full-length feature film, which had the female role of Rani Taramati played by a male, Anna Salunke, an Indian actor known for appearing in female roles in Indian cinema)
Vikram, in an interview, revealed that after completing his formal education, he never thought of pursuing a career in acting. He cleared the PSB (now PABT, Pilot Aptitude Battery Test) and SSB examinations to serve the Indian Air Force, but due to unfortunate reasons, he was not able to get into it. Later, he joined as a clerk in a private company with a monthly salary of Rs 135, but he resigned from the company within seven days of joining after he realised that his passion is missing in a private corporate job. The Bollywood Dynasty – YouTube
After resigning from his job, Vikram started performing in Marathi plays and stage shows after being recommended by Balakrishna Hari Kolhatkar, an Indian actor, poet, and director. He performed in theatre for a few years and acted in some remarkable plays like Jaawai Maajha Bhalaa, Khara Sangaycha Tar, Jawai Majha Bhala, Katha, Ke Dil Abhi Bhara Nahi, and many more. In 2016, Vikram decided to quit theatre after suffering from a prolonged throat illness.
In 1971, Vikram made his Bollywood debut with the film Parwana in which he played the role of a junior police inspector.
In 1973, he made his Marathi debut with the film Varhadi Ani Vajantri.
In 1979, Vikram made his Gujarati debut with the film Aapo Jadro.
In 1990, Vikram shot to fame with the Hindi film Agneepath, starring Amitabh Bachchan in which he played the role of commissioner M. S. Gaitonde.
In 2009, Vikram made his Tamil debut with the film Kalavaramaye Madilo in which he played the role of Rao.
Some of his popular films include Bang Bang! (2014) as Narayanan, and Aiyaary (2018) as Pratap Malik (Hindi), Anumati (2013) as Ratnakar, Aamhi Bolato Marathi (2014), and AB Aani CD (2020) as Chandrakant Deshpande, starring Amitabh Bachchan (Marathi).
In 1983, Vikram acted in the Marathi television show Shwetambara in which he played the role of Prataprao Pathwardhan, along with his wife Vrushali Gokhale on Doordarshan Sahyadri.
In 1990, Vikram gained fame in the Hindi television industry with his lead role as Akbar in the show Akbar Birbal on Zee TV.
Later, Vikram acted in various Hindi and Marathi television shows like Chandan Ka Palna Resham Ki Dori (2001) as Jitendra Bhimani on Zee TV, Virrudh: Har Rishta Ek Kurukshetra (2007) as Dhirendra Raisinghaniya on Sony TV, Jeevan Saathi (2008) as Vikramaditya Rathore on Colors, Mera Naam Karegi Roshan (2010) as Thakur Veer Pratap Singh on Zee TV (Hindi), and Tuzech Mi Geet Gaat Aahe (2022) as Pandit Mukund Narayan on Star Pravah (Marathi). Vikram was nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role Award category for the Hindi television show Mera Naam Karegi Roshan at the Indian Telly Awards 2010.
FIR registered for cheating in a land deal
An FIR was registered against Vikram Gokhale, the chairman of Sujata Farms Private Limited and its directors, Jayant Mhalgi and Sujata Mhalgi for allegedly defrauding Rs 96.99 lakh from 14 investors against a land deal in Mulshi taluka of Pune district in Maharashtra. The FIR was lodged by Jayant Bhairat, an artist from Kothrud in Pune at the Paud Police Station in Mulshi taluka in which he accused Vikram, Jayant, and Sujata of cheating him and the other investors, who invested in the private hill station project called Girivan, promoted by Sujata Farms Private Limited. He reported that the directors won the trust of the people by showcasing the project as “government-approved.” They took advantage of Vikram Gokhale’s goodwill, lured them with several benefits and eventually convinced the people to invest in the project