Dev Kohli, a respected name in the world of Indian cinema as a lyricist, breathed his last on a somber Saturday morning due to age-related ailments. The veteran artist, known for his contributions to iconic films like “Baazigar” and “Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!”, was 81 years old at the time of his passing.

Kohli had been under medical care for age-related concerns at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital before being brought back to his Andheri residence a few days ago. Tragically, his health declined, and he peacefully departed at 4 am, surrounded by his loved ones.

Confirming the news, Kohli’s spokesperson, Pritam Sharma, stated, “He was in the hospital for almost three months; he was brought back home 10 days ago. He passed away due to age-related issues at his residence in Andheri.” The heartrending news of his passing has left the industry and fans mourning the loss of an exceptional talent.

The final rites for the esteemed lyricist are scheduled to take place at the Oshiwara crematorium in suburban Mumbai at 5 pm.

Dev Kohli’s journey in the world of Indian cinema began with roots in Pakistan. Following the partition in 1948, he migrated to India and established himself as a creative force. Initially residing in Delhi, his family later relocated to Dehradun. The year 1964 marked his entry into Mumbai, where he embarked on his illustrious career as a lyricist with the 1969 film “Gunda.”

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Kohli’s prolific career spanned over five decades, during which he penned lyrics for more than 100 Hindi films. His creative finesse led to some of the most memorable songs in Indian cinema. Notable among them are the soul-stirring “Geet Gaata Hoon Main” from “Lal Patthar,” starring Rajkumar and Hema Malini, and the chart-topping tracks of “Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!,” the Sooraj Barjatya masterpiece featuring Salman Khan and Madhuri Dixit.

His indelible contributions extended to the evergreen title song of “Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!” as well as hits like “Maye Ni Maye,” “Didi Tera Devar Deewana,” and “Pehla Pehla Pyar.” Kohli’s lyrical magic wasn’t confined to a single genre; it touched the hearts of millions across diverse cinematic experiences.

Among his many triumphs, Dev Kohli etched his name in cinematic history by penning superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s sensational track “Yeh Kaali Kaali Aankhen” from “Baazigar.” He also lent his creative essence to songs like “Dekho Dekho Jaanam Hum” from “Ishq” and the unforgettable item number “Saaki Saaki” from “Musafir.”

Throughout his illustrious journey, Kohli collaborated with esteemed music directors such as Anu Malik, Raam Laxman, Anand Raaj Anand, and Anand Milind, weaving a harmonious blend of words and melodies that continue to resonate with generations.

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Dev Kohli’s legacy is an enduring testament to his lyrical brilliance and unwavering dedication to the art of storytelling through music.