Bollywood celebrities Karan Johar, Anushka Sharma, Riteish Deshmukh and Manoj Bajpayee today paid homage to funnyman Deven Verma, best known for his role in ‘Angoor’, who passed away this morning following a heart attack. Verma died at his residence in Pune, aged 78. The actor is known for his memorable roles in films like ‘Chor Ke Ghar Chor’, Sanjeev Kapoor-starrer ‘Angoor’, ‘GolMaal’, ‘Khatta Meetha’, ‘Naastik’, ‘Rang Birangi’, ‘Dil’, ‘Judaai’, ‘Andaz Apna Apna’ and ‘Dil Toh Pagal Hai’.
Bollywood stars took to Twitter to express their grief. “RIP Deven Verma… your straight-faced impeccable comic timing still doesn’t have a successor,” Johar tweeted. “Deven Verma – incredible actor, comic excellence second to none. Thank you for making my childhood so memorable. Will miss you sir- RIP,” Deshmukh wrote on his Twitter page. Anushka, while recalling her favourite moment from Verma’s ‘Andaz Apna Apna’, wrote, “RIP Deven Verma… How much I love his scene in ‘Andaz Apna Apna’ ‘Main betiyon ko chudiyaan pehnaoonga…Aap ma ko’.”
“Sad to hear that the great Deven Verma ji passed away. my heartfelt condolences to his family…RIP,” tweeted Bajpayee. ‘Fashion’ director Madhur Bhandarkar, said, “Sad to hear Deven Verma-ji has passed away. A breakthrough humorist & baadshah of subtle comic timing, he made comedy look classy. RIP, Sir.”
Filmmaker Meghna Gulzar, daughter of noted poet-filmmaker Gulzar, who directed Deven in ‘Angoor’, tweeted, “Alvida Bahadur. Watching you eat the bhaang pakodas was delectable. RIP Deven Verma Sir.”
“RIP Deven Verma Ji, I grew up on your performances!” said actor Tusshar Kapoor.