Actor Deven Verma, 78, popular for his comic roles, died of a heart attack in Pune around 2:00 am on 2 December.
The comedian, who won many awards, including the Filmfare award for Best comedian in movies such as "Angoor" (1982), "Chor Ke Ghar Chor" (1979) and "Chori Mera Kaam" (1976), made his debut as a character artiste in Yash Chopra's "Dharmaputra" (1961). He went on act in more than 80 films, his last film being "Calcutta Mail" (2003), directed by Sudhir Mishra.
Some of his notable films are "Dil To Pagal Hai" (1997), "Kya Kehna" (2000), "Dil" (1990), "Ishq" (1997), "Hulchul" (1995), "Deewana" (1992) and "Andaz Apna Apna" (1994). Bahadur, Pareshan Mama, Murli Manohar, Dara, Niranjan are some of the popular roles played by the actor.
He worked with many superstars, including Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgn, Saif Ali Khan, Mithun Chakraborty, Rajesh Khanna, Shashi Kapoor, and Ashok Kumar.
In Yash Chopra's romantic film "Dil To Pagal Hai," Verma played the role of Madhuri Dixit's guardian and Akshay's father, besides sharing screen space with Shah Rukh.
Verma's character as inspector PK Santh in Rajiv Mehra directorial "Chamtkar" (1992) with Shah Rukh and Naseeruddin Shah won him many accolades.
Verma acted with Aamir as his father Murli Manohar in the comedy entertainer "Andaz Apna Apna", directed by Rajkumar Santoshi. The film also had Salman, Raveena Tandon, Karisma Kapoor and Paresh Rawal in lead roles.
The veteran actor was also seen with Aamir in "Ishq" as Behram, "Dil" as Police Inspector Ghalib and "Akele Hum Akele Tum" (1995) as Kanhaiya.
He also shared screen space with Ajay Devgn and Kajol in "Hulchul" as Vinod bhai and "Ek Hi Raasta" (1993) as Mehra.