If Rahul Dev Burman was alive today you can bet your last rupee he would be hyper-active as a composer…provided the film industry would have let him go on doing what he was born to.
In his closing years he was shunned by the same people whose careers he had made through his lilting songs. Filmmakers who swore by his name switched to other more saleable names . Ramesh Sippy who did a slew of film with RD in the 1970s and 80s from Seeta Aur Geeta to Sagar, suddenly signed the more market-friendly Laxmikant-Pyarelal for Bhrashtachar.
That really hurt. There came a time when RD sat jobless on the verandah of his home. He would place a bedsheet on side overlooking the street so that people wouldn’t know he was sitting idle .
Hurt and rejection were nothing new to RD. Born under the shadow of the great Sachin Dev Burman ,…