RD Burman: Misunderstood in life, Celebrated in death

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RD Burman today is hailed as the greatest musician of India< And his fan following spans across all generations< But his life was a struggle throughout < He started composing in the shadows of his famous father SD Burman<

Did you know that many of his father’s compositions are actually RD Burman’s?

He never spoke about it< Those include popular numbers like< Sarjoterachakraye< (<Pyaasa<), <Mere Sapno Ki Rani KabAayegiTu<( <Aradhana<) and <KoraKagazThaYeh Mann Mera<  (<Aradhana<)< RD Burman’s filmography includes 330 films< He found fame but was never considered the best< RD tried even composed peppy numbers like BappiLahiri< But in the changing scenario where action films and remakes ruled< RD Burman’s melodious numbers were quickly pushed to the backdrop< He was forgotten and stopped getting work< Vidhu Vinod Chopra had worked with him for <Parinda<

Vidhu gave RD Burman 1942: A Love Story when he was down and out

Apparently music labels refused to take up the film if RD was on board< VidhuVinod Chopra was adamant he only wanted RD< The music became an all-time hit and topped the charts for months< RD Burman passed away before the film was released< He did not get to see how his work found success again< Twenty five years after his death he is still alive in people’s memory< Just through his brilliant music<

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