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Bollywood actor-comedian Deven Verma died at 78

Dec 2, 2014 13:13 IST

Deven VermaVeteran Bollywood actor-comedian, director and producer Deven Verma died on 2 December 2014 in Pune after a severe cardiac attack and kidney failure. He was 78.

He was best known for his comic performance in movies like Khatta Meetha, Angoor (dual role of Bahadur) and Andaz Apna Apna. He worked in around 149 films.

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

About Deven Verma
• He made his Bollywood debut with a supporting role in Yash Chopra's Dharmputra in 1961
• He became famous as an actor with his performance in film Chori Mera Kaam of 1975, which bagged him his first Filmfare Award for Best Comedian
• He had worked with eminent filmmakers like Basu Chatterji, Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Gulzar
• He had also worked in Marathi and Bhojpuri films
• Some of his memorable films include Chor Ke Ghar Chor, Angoor, Gol Maal, Khatta Meetha, Naastik, Rang Birangi, Dil, Judaai, Andaz Apna Apna, Bemisal, Kora Kagaz and Dil Toh Pagal Hai.
• He produced and directed films like Yakeen (debut as producer), Nadaan (debut as director).
• He produced and directed Amitabh Bachchan-starrer Besharam in 1978
• Verma had won three Filmfare awards
a) In 1976 he won it for 1976 Chori Mera Kaam
b) In 1979 for Chor Ke Ghar Chor
c) In 1983 for Angoor
• He was last seen on the big screen in 2003 film Calcutta Mail
• He was born on 23 October 1937 in Pune and studied at the Nowrosjee Wadia College for Arts and Science (University of Pune) (1953–57)

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