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Lyricist Dev Kohli, who penned ‘Ye Kaali Kaali Aankhen’ passes away at 80

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Lyricist Dev Kohli, who penned ‘Ye Kaali Kaali Aankhen’ passes away at 80

Lyricist Dev Kohli
Lyricist Dev Kohli

Mumbai, Aug 26 (IANS) Veteran lyricist Dev Kohli, who penned memorable superhit Bollywood songs like ‘Ye Kaali Kaali Aankhen’ and ‘Dil Deewana, Bin Sajna Ke Maane Na’ or ‘Chalti Hai Kya Nau Se Bara’ – passed away on Saturday morning.

He was 80, a bachelor, and breathed his last at his Andheri home. His funeral will be performed later this evening at Oshiwara Crematorium.

Kohli’s body shall be kept for people and his fans to pay their last respects at his home in Lokhandwala Complex this afternoon till 2 p.m.

IANS reports that Kohli, who had been ill for several months and had been hospitalised at Kokilaben Ambani Hospital, died peacefully in his sleep this morning.

Pritam Sharma, a representative for Kohli, said the lyricist passed suddenly this morning at his residence. After months of illness, he was hospitalised to Mumbai’s Kokilaben Hospital and only returned home about a week ago, according to Sharma.

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Born in a Sikh family in Rawalpindi (now Pakistan) on November 2, 1942, Kohli penned lyrics which thrilled generations of music lovers from the black-and-white to the colour films era.

Some of his memorable numbers were for films like ‘Laal Paththar’, ‘Maine Pyar Kiya’, ‘Baazigar’, ‘Judwaa 2’, ‘Shootout At Lokhandwala’, and ‘Hum Aapke Hain Koun’.

He worked with a host of music directors including late Shankar-Jaikishan, Laxmikant-Pyarelal, R. D. Burman, Anu Malik, Raam-Laxman, Anand Raaj Anand, Anand-Milind, Vishal-Shekhar, Uttam Singh, and many more, scoring lyrics for over a 100 films in nearly six decades.

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