Veteran character actor Deven Verma passed away in Pune on Tuesday due to a heart attack and kidney failure.
He was 77. The actor was best known for his comic roles in the films directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Gulzar and Basu Chatterjee. B-Town folk who had worked with the actor remember him...
Aamir Khan, Actor
I am saddened to hear about the demise of Devenji. He was a wonderful co-star.
I remember on the sets of 'Andaz Apna Apna' he always had a joke on his lips and kept us in high spirits. My heartfelt condolences to his family.
Moushami Chatterjee, Actress
Both my 'Angoor' (1982) co-stars Deven Verma and Haribhai (Sanjeev Kumar) have gone. What am I doing here? Shooting for 'Angoor' was a picnic for all of us with Gulzaar at the helm. Deven da was not keeping well for some time. I had been in touch with him and his wife Rupa.
I was in Pune with them on his last birthday. Who will take care of Rupa now? He was a simple man with a great sense of humour. He loved music. One of his most memorable roles was in 'Dil Toh Pagal Hai' (1997) in which he played Madhuri Dixit's uncle who loved to sing. He also loved going to the races and was completely non-filmy. All industry relations are motivated, but Devenda was beyond any such politics.
Rajkumar Santoshi, Producer
He acted in my 1994 film 'Andaz Apna Apna'. He was one of the most decent actors I have ever known. He was soft-spoken and would beautifully improvise his scenes.
He was an intelligent comedian. He didn't indulge in any kind of cheap tactics or vulgarity in the comedy he did. He had class and chose the right roles.