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    Kiran Malik
    Kiran Malikwrote on 11 Aug 2008

    Deven Varma is an Indian film actor, particularly known for his comic roles. After finishing his studies, He came to Bombay in 1959 to try his luck in hindi films.

    Deven Verma’s first film was Yash Chopra’s Dharamputra (1961) where he played a small role. His next film was B.R.Chopra’s Gumrah (1963).

    Deven Verma shot to fame with Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s Anupama (1966) and Bahaarein Phir Bhi Aayegi (1966). Soon, Deven Verma established him as a talented character artist. However, Deven Verma came to full bloom only in the 70s when he displayed his unique comic timing. His roles in Chori Mera Kaam (1975), Kabhi Kabhie (1976), Khatta Meetha (1977) and Chor ke Ghar Chor (1978) are remembered till date. Meanwhile, He produced and directed three films Naadan (1971), Bada Kabutar (1973) and Besharam (1978). None of them worked at the box-office however. Deven Verma gave many more hilarious performances in films like Angoor (1982), Nastik (1983), Kisi se Na Kehna (1983), Saaheb (1985) and Yudh (1985). After a while, Deven Verma cut down on his work to large extent. In 1989, He made his fourth and last film Daana Paani.

    Till the 90s arrived, Deven Verma had grown old. But he was still as energetic and capable. We saw the vignettes of the same energy and spark in films like Dil (1990), Chamatkar (1992) and Andaz Apna Apna (1994). In Akele Hum Akele Tum (1995), He played a happy-go-lucky garage owner and displayed his flair at serious roles too. Some other of his memorable roles are in Dil to Pagal Hai (1997), Ishq (1997) and Kya Kehna (2000). His last film was Sudhir Mishra’s Calcutta Mail (2003).

    He is currently busy for Dum Dum Diga Diga which is under post production stage.

    In 1976 he won Filmfare award as Best Comedian for Chori Mera Kaam (1975). In 1979 he won Filmfare award as Best Comedian for Chor Ke Ghar Shor (1978). In 1983 he won Filmfare award as Best Comedian for Angoor.

    He is married to Preeti Ganguli, daughter of Ashok Kumar. Her uncles are actor/playback singer Kishore Kumar, and Anoop Kumar. He has sung for the movies Aadmi Sadak Ka (1977) and Doosra Aadmi (1977)