Deven Verma

  • Actor, Director, Producer, Screenplay

Oct 23, 1937  in Pune, Maharashtra, India

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The three-time winner of Filmfare Awards for Best Comedian, Deven Verma was one of the most prolific TV and Film actors in Bollywood, producer, and director who mostly played comedic and character roles. Born in Kutchh, Gujarat and brought up in Pune, Verma studied at the Nowrosjee Wadia College and graduated with Honours in Politics and Sociology.

The former veteran star, who started his career in films as an actor made his debut on the silver screen with Dharmputra in 1961. The actor, who mostly played comedic roles rose to fame with his role in Chori Mera Kaam (1975), which won him his maiden Filmfare Award. He was very much an integral part of the parallel cinema movement during the late 70's and the 80's. His twin Filmfare Awards in 1980 and 1982 for his roles in Judaai (1980) and the cult classic comedy Angoor (1982), established him as one of the best comedians of the time.

The veteran comedian continued to play comedic roles through the 90's and until the end of his career. Some of his most notable film credits during the 90's and post-90s include Dil (1990), Dil To Pagal Hai (1997), Ishq (1997), Heeralal Pannalal (1999), Kya Kehna (2000), Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai (2002) and Calcutta Mail (2003). Apart from acting, Deven Verma has also directed many films, most of which were his own production ventures. Some of his notable films as a director include Nadaan (1971), Bada Kabutar (1973), Besharam (1978), and Dana Paani (1989). Deven's illustrious career came to an end when he breathed his last on December 2, 2014, in Pune after suffering from a heart attack.