Actor / Producer / Director Hindi

Deven Varma

Deven Varma Biography

Born : 23 October 1937, in Kutchh, Cutch State, British India

Death : 02 December 2014, in Pune, Maharashtra, India

Deven Verma was born on October 23, 1937. Early on in his childhood, he moved from Mumbai to Pune with his parents and four sisters, and went on to graduate from Nowrosjee Wadia College for Arts and Science. Following this, he moved back to Mumbai to study law, but gave it up six months into his course. Through his college years, Verma remained interested in theatre, and participated in theatre and youth festivals. After dropping out of his Law degree, he began performing on stage professionally, doing one-act theatre performances and mimicry acts. Eventually, he was noticed by B R Chopra, and made his film debut with Dharmputra (1961). Following this film – which failed to do well – he continued with his stage shows for a few years, both in India and abroad. He returned to cinema with Gumrah (1963), following which he appeared consistently in films – mostly Hindi, and some Bhojpuri and Marathi – going on to work on nearly 150 projects in his career of over 40 years. Despite the huge number of releases he had, Verma started off by doing fewer films at a time.

Later, Verma appeared in the film Chori Mera Kaam (1975), for which he won great acclaim. It was after this that his career reached the next level, and he began receiving and accepting many more offers at a time, working on a record 17 films at one time around the early eighties. Some of the films he is best remembered for include Chor Ke Ghar Chor (1978), Angoor (1981), and Andaaz Apna Apna (1994). Verma had a busy career, becoming well-appreciated for his performances in comic roles, and even for his few productions and directorial ventures including Bada Kabootar (1973) and Naadan (1977). He worked without a break until he retired, claiming there was never in time when he was out of work. He won the Filmfare Best Comedian Award for three of his films, namely Angoor (1983), Chor Ke Ghar Chor (1978), and Chori Mera Kaam (1976).

The last film he worked on was Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai (2002), but an earlier project, Calcutta Mail (2003), ended up being his last new release as an actor. He made a conscious decision to leave the industry after feeling out of place and put-off when he was filming for this final movie. He claimed to feel out of place when it came to a new culture with new references. He also wished to spend his time enjoying his retirement.

He died on the 2nd of December 2014, at the age of 78, due to a heart attack.


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