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Deven Verma: Bollywood actor dead

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Image caption Verma acted in nearly 80 Bollywood films and was awarded the prestigious Filmfare Best Comedian award thrice

Veteran Indian film and television actor Deven Verma has died, aged 77, in the western city of Pune.

The actor, who became popular playing comic roles, suffered a severe cardiac arrest and kidney failure on Tuesday morning, his family said.

Verma acted in nearly 80 Bollywood films, including Golmaal, Chori Mera Kaam, Chor Ke Ghar Chor and Angoor, and also did Marathi and Bhojpuri films.

He was awarded the prestigious Filmfare Best Comedian award thrice.

His fans and colleagues from Bollywood have been taking to social media sites to mourn the actor's death.

Historian SI Habib said he was sad to hear about his death:

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Actor Riteish Deshmukh described him as an "incredible actor":

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Neha said she loved his "unusual dialogue delivery":

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Filmmaker Ashoke Pandit said Verma "gave dignity to comedy":

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