Actor-comedian Deven Verma passes away

Veteran Bollywood actor, well known for his comic timings passed away in Pune this morning following heart attack and kidney failure. He was 78. He will be cremated today at noon, in Yerawada crematorium, Pune.

Verma passed away around 2 a.m. at his home in Pune. He was born in Pune on October 23, 1937. Before joining movies, he graduated in politics and sociology at Pune's Nowrosjee Wadia College.

In his filmy career, Deven Verma worked with legendary directors like Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Basu Chatterji and Gulzar. He is best remembered for his comic roles in movies such as Angoor, Andaz Apna Apna, Bemisal, Judaai, Dil To Paagal Hai, and Kora Kagaz.

He was a great comedian who entertained the audience in late 70’s . He won the first of his three Filmfare Awards for Best Comedian in 1976 for Chori Mera Kaam.

He was last seen in 2003 ‘Calcutta Mail’, playing actress Rani Mukerji's grandfather.

Deven Verma also produced and directed films like Nadaan (1971), Besharam (1978) and Dana Paani (1989). He also acted in Marathi and Bhojpuri films.

He is survived by his wife Rupa Ganguly, the younger daughter of the late legendary actor Ashok Kumar.