Comedy is not everyone's cup of tea, neither all are blessed with this exceptional trait. Bollywood's veteran actor Deven Verma however, ranks on a higher pedestal, when talking about great comedians in the history of Indian cinema.
Deven, who breathed his last in Pune, following a heart attack, was one of the most-loved comedian of all times. His sheer presence in films throughout the 60s, 70s and 80s made audiences guess the kind of entertainment they are headed for. Deven, even did a small role in 1994 cult film 'Andaz Apna Apna', as Aamir Khan's father.
His impeccable comic timing and straight-face humour was well appreciated by the viewers across all age groups. He did some wonderful character roles in films such as 'Angoor' starring alongside Sanjeev Kumar, 'Chor Ke Ghar Chor' and 'Gol Maal', 'Khatta Meetha' to name a few of his notable works. However, his début performance in Yash Chopra's 'Dharmputra' in 1961 had bombed at the Box Office.
The 78-year-old comedian rose to fame with his superb performance in 'Chori Mera Kaam' (1975), where he played a character called Parveen Chandra Shah and enthralled everyone with a perfect laughter dose.
Deven spent the major part of his life in Pune, where he completed his studies from Nowrosjee Wadia College for Arts and Science (University of Pune). After graduating in Politics and Sociology honours, the actor in him took to the city of dreams—Mumbai.
He then married veteran actor Ashok Kumar's daughter, Rupa Ganguly, with whom he even featured in a couple of films together in comic pairing. He bagged his first Filmfare award as the best comedian for 'Chori Mera Kaam'.
Deven turned producer and even directed a few films such as Amitabh Bachchan starrer 'Besharam', 'Yakeen', 'Nadaan' and the like. The class comedian even tried his hand in Marathi and Bhojpuri cinema. His last work on screen remains 'Calcutta Mail' in the year 2003.
After making people laugh for years together, Deven bid us a quiet farewell!