Although being one of the established lyricists in the Hindi film industry, Dev Kohli keeps himself low profile. Kohli started his film career with the film Lal Patthar. While he got recognition in the industry with his beautiful lyrics in film Maine Pyar Kiya. Kohli had given many hit numbers with Rajshree Productions with the films like Hum Aapke Hai Kaun and Hum Saath Saath Hai. He also had penned lyrics for No. 1 films like Anari No 1 and Biwi No 1. He was nominated for three times for Filmfare Awards as a Best Lyricist.
Dev Kohli was born in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. But after India-Pakistan partition, he moved to Dehradun, Uttar Pradesh along with his family. Kohli was always been influenced by poetry. He started writing poems from very young age. But he never exposed his poems to anybody, fearing anybody will laugh at him. But his talent was recognized by Mr. Shaukat. Mr. Shaukat later becomes his mentor, who guided Kohli in his career. He gave the confidence to Kohli to showcase his poems to others and still today Kohli dedicates his success to Mr. Shaukat.
To pursue his dream to make career in film line, Kohli came to Mumbai in 60s. Upon reaching in Mumbai, he was staying at one hotel in Khar. The hotel was often attended by the film personalities. One day at the hotel, Kohli met to the secretary of composer duo Shankar-Jaikishan and rendered some of his poems to him. The secretary gets impressed with Kohli's work and introduced him to the composer Duo. In this way a break came to Kohli. His first song was 'Geet Gaata Hoon Main' for film Lal Patthar. His very first song was a hit, but it didn't established him as lyricist in the industry.
A real success came to his way a twenty years later with the film Maine Pyar Kiya. He came to recognition with the songs like 'Aate Jaate Hasate Gaate', 'Ja Ja Kabutar Ja Ja', 'Tu Chal Mai Aayi' from the film. Kohli later found a good partnership with Rajshree Productions. He penned lyrics for two hit films of the banner- Hum Aapke Hai Kaun and Hum Saath Saath Hai.
All the songs from Hum Aapke Hai Kaun became hit and the songs were Pehla Pehla Pyar Hai, Didi Tera Devar Deewaana, Mayin Mayin Mundere Pe Tere, Chocolate Lime Juice. Also the songs Hum Saath Saath Hai, Maare Hibda Mein Naache Mor, and ABCD from film Hum Saath Saath Hai became hit.
His other hit films include Anari No 1, Biwi No 1, Kaante, Bazigar, Judwaa and many more. While his other hit songs includes 'Kurta Phadke', 'Biwi No 1 title song', 'Maahi Ve', 'Socha Nahi Tha Takdeer Yahaan Laayegi', 'Yeh Kaali Kaali Aankhein', 'Mr. Lova Lova' and many more. Today he is an established lyricist in film industry, but still he don't want to get flooded with number of films, rather he chose to select few movies. Kohli want to give quality work and not a sub-standard product for plenty of films.
His recent films as a lyricist includes Karam (2005), Taxi No 9211, Nehlle Pe Dehlla (2007), Sarhad Paar (2007), 1971 (2007) and Shootout At Lokhandwala (2007).
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