Deven Verma


Deven Verma 

(23 October 1937 – 2 December 2014) was an Indian film and television actor, particularly known for his comic roles, with Bollywood directors like Basu Chatterji, Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Gulzar. He also produced and directed films, including Besharam. He won Filmfare Best Comedian Award for Chori Mera Kaam, Chor Ke Ghar Chor and Angoor, the latter being directed by Gulzar and still considered one of Bollywood’s best comedies.


Verma was born on 23 October 1937 in Kutch, Gujarat, and was brought up in Pune. He studied at the Nowrosjee Wadia College for Arts and Science (University of Pune) (1953–57), graduating with Honours in Politics and Sociology. He married Rupa Ganguly, daughter of late veteran Bollywood actor Ashok Kumar and sister of Preeti Ganguly.

Apart from Hindi films, Verma acted in a few Marathi and Bhojpuri films.

He died at 2 a.m IST on 2 December 2014 in Pune, following a heart attack and kidney failure.

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