He had been unwell for some time and was suffering from heart problem and diabetes. He was seventy seven.
Deven Verma breathed his last around 02:00 am at his home in Pune, the city of his birth from where he graduated in politics and sociology before joining the film industry.
Arup Kumar, brother of Deven Verma’s wife, stated, “He had been unwell for the last one and a half years. He had diabetes since the last thirty five years. Off late, he had developed heart problem as well. He was hospitalised on Monday evening and was in the ICU. At about 01:45 a m, he passed away.”
“RIP Deven Verma. Your straight faced impeccable comic timing still doesn’t have a successor.” Karan Johar was he first one to tweet about this tragedy.
Deven Verma was born on October 23, 1937 and grew up in Pune. He began his screen career in the early 60’s with roles in films like Dharmputra, Aaj Aur Kal and Anupama.
By the Seventies, he was one of Bollywood’s most in-demand comedians and will always be remembered for his comic roles in films such as Angoor, Golmaal, Rang Birangi, Chori Mera Kaam and Chor Ke Ghar Chor among others.
Deven Verma’s most famous roles were in films directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Basu Chatterji and Gulzar.
Gulzar directed him in a double role opposite Sanjeev Kumar, also in a double role, in 1982’s Angoor, the Hindi adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors.
Deven Verma continued appearing on screen in the 90’s. In 1994, he had a brief but unforgettable role in Andaz Apna Apna playing the long suffering father of Amar, the role that was essayed by Aamir Khan.
Deven Verma’s last film was Calcutta Mail (2003), where he essayed the role of Rani Mukerji’s grandfather.
Deven Verma is survived by his wife Rupa Ganguly, daughter of late actor Ashok Kumar and niece of his actor-singer brother Kishore.
The funeral will be performed today afternoon at the Yerawada crematorium.
Deven Verma, the actor who made us laugh for decades passed away today, December 02, 2014. He had been unwell for some time and was suffering from ...2.0