Veteran Bollywood lyricist Dev Kohli passes away at 80

Dev Kohli

Dev Kohli
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Veteran Hindi movie lyricist Dev Kohli handed away in Mumbai on Saturday, He was 80. 

Kohli is famed for his songs in over 100 movies together with Maine Pyaar Kiya, Baazigar, Judwaa 2, Musafir, Shootout At Lokhandwala, and Taxi Num 911. He has collaborated with music administrators like Anu Malik, Raam Laxman, Anand Raaj Anand, and Anand Milind amongst others. 

Kohli’s spokesperson Pritam Sharma confirmed the lyricist handed away at his residence early this morning. He had ailing for some months now and had been admitted to the Kokilaben Hospital in Mumbai earlier than being introduced residence round 10 days in the past, Sharma mentioned. 

Kohli’s final rites will probably be performed in Jogeshwari West round 6 p.m. at present. Shut mates Anand Raaj Anand, Anu Malik, and Uttam Singh together with stars from Bollywood will attend his funeral. Born in Rawalpindi, Pakistan right into a Sikh household, Kohli relocated to Dehradun following Partition.

Kohli’s shut good friend composer, lyricist and playback singer Anand Raaj Anand informed ANI, “In 1995, after I first arrived in Mumbai and received my first challenge, I wished to open a checking account however financial institution personnel mentioned they may not achieve this until I produced anyone who would vouch for me. At that second, a Sardar ji intervened and helped me. It was Dev Kohli ji. He informed me You are into music, and I write music. Subsequently, don’t fret and he signed for me.”

“After two days I referred to as him on his landline as I used to be excited and issues had been continuing in a laid-back method. Kohli ji invited me to sing as we received began enjoying. I knowledgeable him that I had additionally composed songs and he informed me that he would write for me after I made it massive. A couple of years later, his predictions got here true and we ended up performing quite a few tunes collectively. I solely ever collaborated with one or two different lyricists aside from him.”

“I first met him every week in the past, and I visited his home to the touch his toes in an effort to obtain his blessing. He requested that I sing a music about Radha Krishna, which bestowed blessings upon me, and urged me to start out over and reach my profession,” Anand Raaj Anand mentioned.

Arriving in Mumbai in 1964 Kohli started searching for movie work. With the discharge of the film Gunda in 1969, he debuted within the Bollywood trade. His first massive break got here with the music Geet Gaata Hoon Foremost from the 1971 film Laal Patthar. He wrote lyrics for a number of hit songs like ‘Aate Jaate Hanste Gaate,’ ‘Kabootar Ja Ja Ja,’ ‘Aaja Shaam Hone Aayee,’ ‘Maine Pyar Kiya’ and ‘Hum Aapke Hain Koun’. He and Anu Malik shaped a spectacular partnership within the Nineteen Nineties, working collectively on songs like ‘Dekho Dekho Jaanam Hum’ in Ishq and ‘Yeh Kaali Kaali Aankhen’ in Baazigar.

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