Noted Bollywood lyricist Dev Kohli, known for penning memorable songs for films like ‘Maine Pyar Kiya’ and ‘Baazigar’, passed away today in Mumbai at the age of 81.
Kohli had a prolific career spanning over 4 decades in the Hindi film industry. He wrote lyrics for over 100 popular Bollywood films starting from the late 1960s.
Some of his biggest hits include songs like ‘Dil Deewana’ (Maine Pyar Kiya), ‘Yeh Kaali Kaali Aankhein’ (Baazigar), and ‘Tan Tana Tan Tan Tan Taara’ (Judwaa). He last wrote lyrics for the 2013 film ‘Rajjo’ starring Kangana Ranaut.
Kohli worked with renowned music directors like Laxmikant-Pyarelal, Anu Malik, Anand-Milind, Anand Raaj Anand, and Uttam Singh over the years. His ability to write catchy and meaningful lyrics endeared him to many in the film fraternity.
Early Life and Background
Born in 1942 in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Kohli spent his childhood in Dehradun after his family moved to India post-partition.
In his interviews, Kohli often mentioned how he would write lyrics spontaneously in the music studios, not even taking the tunes home. His process involved creating the whole song then and there during the recording sessions.
Last Rites Today in Mumbai
According to reports, Kohli’s funeral will be held today afternoon at his residence in Lokhandwala Complex, Mumbai. His close friends including composer Anand Raaj Anand and Anu Malik will be in attendance for the antim darshan. The last rites will take place at Oshiwara Crematorium in the evening. Kohli was unmarried and lived alone in his Mumbai residence. In his final years, Kohli was bedridden due to illness. His death marks the end of an era in the world of Hindi film music and lyrics. He will be missed by the industry members and fans alike.