Dev Kohli hail from Rawalpindi. From very early on in his life Dev Kohli was very much interested in sher aur shayari. He wrote a lot of poetry earlier but he never disclosed it to anybody, as he feared that people would laugh at him. But in Dehradun, he met his mentor Mr. Shaukat who read his poems and assured him that they were of a certain standard. Shaukat gave the aspiring poet’s writing a certain purpose and direction and till today Dev Kohli owes a lot of his success to him.
Dev Kohli, no doubt is the name in every household even though he has kept his profile very low in Indian film industry.He has given some great foot tapping numbers in great bolywood blockbusters like Maine Pyar Kiya,Hum Aapke Hain Kaun ,Baazigar etc.
'Geet Gata Hoon Mein' was one of his early hits which made his name familiar to this industry.
Kohli also feels that his inability to market himself seriously affected his career. Says Kohli, “ In this industry to get work and be famous one needs to possess good PR skills, hire a secretary or a PRO and one has to do a lot of chamchagiri. I am very happy that I do not possess these skills even though I had to pay quite a heavy price for it. I got noticed only twenty years later with the songs of Maine Pyar Kiya.”
He is today a very well known recognised lyricist and composer and people in industry have high regards for him.