Veteran Bollywood character actor, director and producer Deven Verma died early Tuesday following a heart attack and kidney failure, family sources said. He was 78.
He is survived by his wife Rupa Ganguly, the younger daughter of the late legendary actor Ashok Kumar.
Verma breathed his last around 2 am at his home in Pune, the city of his birth from where he graduated in politics and sociology before joining the film industry.
He is best remembered for roles in movies such as Angoor, Golmaal, Chori Mera Kaam, Andaz Apna Apna, Bemisal, Judaai, Dil To Paagal Hai, and Kora Kagaz.
Verma won three Filmfare awards in his career for his performances in films such as Chori Mera Kaam, Chor Ke Ghar Chor and Angoor.
Apart from Hindi films, Deven Varma also acted in Marathi and Bhojpuri films. He started his acting career in 1961 with Dharamputra which went on tirelessly till 2003 film Calcutta Mail. He also tried his hands at producing films but success evaded him there. Besides producing five films, Deven Verma also directed four films, Nadaan, Bada Kabutar, Besharam and Daana Paani.
The funeral will take place on Tuesday afternoon at the Yerawada crematorium.