Looking back at Deven Verma's brilliant movies.
He made us laugh uncontrollably in a judwa role. He made us go all gooey as a doting father. He made us snigger, he made us cry. One thing is certain, there will be no other Deven Verma in Bollywood.
The rib-ticklingly delightful man left us early this morning following a heart attack and a kidney failure. He was 78 years young.
Without much ado, we'd like you to join us for a quick re-visitation of some wonderful roles Deven Verma has given Indian cinema.
Here’s a look at some of his most memorable works.
Top 10 Amazing Movies of Deven Verma
In Hrishikesh Mukerjee’s comic classic Gol Maal, a piquant Verma plays himself and a friend of Amol Palekar who comes up with both the plan and props to hoodwink the latter’s uptight boss.
Based on Tara Shankar Bandopadhyay’s novella, Naa, Devar stars Deven Varma in a grey avatar as Dharmendra’s sly cousin who deceives him to marry the woman he loves.
His performance hits all the fiendish notes but what we really notice is just how incredibly handsome the man looks. Pity he never graduated to leading man roles.
A far cry from his bombastic outings in later years, Deven Varma underplays his supporting but significant character as Dharmendra’s supportive pal in the sensitive Anupama.
Verma’s vulnerability shines through as Patient Number 22 in the romantic melodramaKhamoshi where he plays one of the mentally disturbed occupants of nurse-in-charge Waheeda Rehman’s ward.
Chori Mera Kaam
According to Verma, his portrayal of a publisher conned by Shashi Kapoor and Zeenat Aman in Chori Mera Kaam provided the much-needed breakthrough for his career. It also won him a Filmfare trophy for Best Comedian.
Chor Ke Ghar Chor
The word ‘Chor’ worked its magic for Verma yet again. This time in the crime caper Chor Ke Ghar Chor where he plays a bumbling Gujarati merchant married to his real-life sister-in-law Preeti Ganguly.
In Gulzar’s Comedy of Errors, two sides of Deven Verma hilariously compliment two sides of Sanjeev Kumar to brilliantly complicate the lookalike jumble that is Angoor.
Who can forget the sight of mommy’s boy Verma whining to the tune of Mummy Oh Mummy Tu Kab Saas Banegi in Basu Chatterjee’s quirky Parsi family drama, Khatta Meetha?
Reminiscent of Kishore Kumar’s triple avatar in black and white classic, Half Ticket, Verma plays all three -- father, mother and son to amusing results in the Amitabh Bachchan entertainer Besharam. The film was both produced and directed by Verma.
Andaz Apna Apna
Even though he appears in only the first few reels of Andaz Apna Apna, Verma as Aamir Khan’s exasperated barber baap, his scenes are terrifically comical.
Dil To Pagal Hai
Where most actors would go overboard, Verma’s innate amiability makes it easy for the viewer to indulge him. Like in Yash Chopra’s Dil To Pagal Hai, where he plays a tedious old timer, a wannabe Saigal trying to convince everyone about his untapped potential at classical singing.