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Mehboob Alam Kotwal (credited as Mehboob Kotwal or simply Mehboob) is a writer of Bollywood film song lyrics. He was born and brought up in Mumbai city of Maharashtra. His family moved to the city of Mumbai for good in the 1960s where he received his primary education, first in English and later in Urdu.
In 1986, Mehboob met music composer Ismail Darbar who used to play the violin in film orchestras in those days. And it was Darbar who taught him the difference between poetry and film lyrics. Darbar introduced Mehboob to filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma and he began his songwriting career with Varma"s 1992 film Drohi whose music was composed by R. D. Burman. He then worked with A.R.Rahman on Varma"s Rangeela. Rahman liked his work and introduced him to Mani Ratnam and Mehboob penned the lyrics for the Hindi (dubbed) version of Bombay. Mehboob went on to work with Rahman on films such as Thakshak, Doli Saja Ke Rakhna and Dubbed version of Dil Hi Dil Mein. He has also written the lyrics for Rahman"s non-film album Maa Tujhe Salaam as well as Ratnam"s Yuva.
Mehboob has collaborated with Ismail Darbar on Sanjay Leela Bhansali"s 1999 film Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, and on Shakti - The Power in 2002. He has also written the lyrics for Kamaal Khan"s Hindi pop album "Kal Raat" (2003) and KK"s albums - Pal and Humsafar.
Bombay (1995; Dubbed version)
Iruvar (1997; Dubbed version)
Vande Mataram (1997, album)
Doli Saja Ke Rakhna (1998)
Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999)
Dil Hi Dil Mein (1999, Dubbed version)
One 2 Ka 4 (2001)
Yeh Raaste Hain Pyaar Ke (2001)
Bas Itna Sa Khwaab Hai (2001)
Desh Devi (2002)
Shakti - The Power (2002)
Baaz: A Bird in Danger (2003)
Tujhe Meri Kasam (2003)
Calcutta Mail (2003)
Lakeer – Forbidden Lines (2004)
Uff Kya Jaadoo Mohabbat Hai (2004)
Anniyan (2005; Dubbed version)
Dil Ne Jise Apna Kaha (2006)
Iqraar by Chance (2006)
Halla Bol (2007)
Ek Chalis Ki Last Local (2007)
Apna Asmaan (2007)
Halla Bol (2008)
Sirf (film) (2008)
Muskurake Dekh Zara (2010)
Selected Songs :
One 2 Ka Four - Khamoshiyan gungunane lagi
Bombay - Tu hi re, Hamma hamma, Kehna hi kya, Kuchi Kuchi rakkama.
Yash (1996) : Yaaron na jane mujhe kya ho gaya, Subah subah jab khidki khole
Daud : O bhavre
Dil Hi Dil Mein : Ae nazneen suno na, Dola dola
Doli Saja Ke Rakhna : Tar pum tar pum, Kissa hum likhnege
Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam : Chaand chuppa, Nimbooda Nimbooda, Tadap Tadap, Dholi Taro Dhol Baaje, Aankhon ki Gustakhiyan,
Jhonka hawa ka
Rangeela : Tanha Tanha, Pyaar yeh jane kaisa
Thakshak : Rang de, Khamosh raat
Vande Mataram : Maa tujhe salaam
Yuva : Khuda hafiz, Fanna Fanna, Dhakka laga bukka
1996: Filmfare RD Burman Award for New Music Talent - Rangeela