The Melody Maker: Khayyam
Having worked with all the biggies of the industry, from Raj Kapoor to Yash Chopra, Khayyam’s breakthrough film was Footpath in ’53, starring Dilip Kumar and Meena Kumari. “Footpath gave me an identity. The music of this film became a rage as it was completely different,” he informs. The film also featured the first cabaret number sung by Asha Bhosle, making her an overnight singing sensation. “Asha is a supremo but nobody had recognised her multifaceted talent till then. I always knew that she could sing all types of songs and asked her to sing for Footpath,” he continues.