At the age of 72, Abhishek Varman's father R Verman succumbed to cardiac arrest last night. His son, Abhishek Varman, who has directed 2 states and Kalank in the past, performed the last rites at the Oshiwara crematorium. According to Mumbai Mirror reports, filmmaker Karan Johar, Varun Dhawan, Arjun Kapoor and Alia Bhatt, directors Shashank Khaitan and Anurag Singh also came down to meet him to offer condolences.
Speaking about R Verman aka Ratna Verman Shetty, he was an alumnus of Mumbai’s JJ School of Art. After completing his education, he started his own publicity designing and cine advertising company. The late Dev Anand’s production house was one of his major clients and Verman worked on his cult classics like Jewel Thief and Guide.
While working as a publicity designer Verman became interested in art direction and worked as an assistant of noted art director Sudhendu Roy for a few years before becoming a full-fledged art director. From then on Verman has worked on more than 350 films and has won the Filmfare award for best art direction twice for the films Hum and Angaar in the year 1992 and 1993.
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