Bollywood is in mourning following the death of veteran Indian actor Deven Verma.

The star, who was in his late 70s, passed away in Pune, India on Tuesday morning (02Dec14) after suffering a cardiac arrest and kidney failure.

Verma appeared in almost 80 Indian films throughout his career including, Golmaal, Chori Mera Kaam, Chor Ke Ghar Chor and Angoor. He was best known for his comedy roles and also stepped behind the camera to work as a producer and director.

Tributes have flooded in from other Bollywood giants including Amitabh Bachchan, who worked with Verma on a number of projects. He writes in a series of posts on Twitter.com, "Deven Verma... friend, co-artist, producer and one that brought smiles on the faces of millions... no more! Prayers & condolences... Rip."

Aamir Khan adds in a statement, "I am saddened to hear about the demise of Devenji. (sic) My heartfelt condolences to his family. He was a wonderful co-star. I remember on the sets of Andaz Apna Apna he always had a joke on his lips and kept us all in high spirits."