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They were looking to promote Indian artistes internationally. Rahman suggested the idea that he had discussed with Bharat to Sony Music India and was immediately accepted.
And the first person to be signed up by Sony Music from the Indian sub-continent was A. Called `Vandemataram', it was a tribute to the motherland and featured songs to mark the 3 colours of the Indian Flag.
In 1988, one of his sisters fell seriously ill and numerous attempts to cure her failed. The family had given up all hope when they came in contact with a Muslim Pir - Sheik Abdul Qadir Jeelani or Pir Qadri as he was popularly known.
With his prayers and blessings, Dileep's sister made a miraculous recovery. Dileep Kumar became Allah Rakha Rahman He also played on the orchestra of M. Vishwanathan and Ramesh Naidu and accompanied Zakir Hussain and Kunnakudi Vaidyanathan on world tours.
Dileep moved full time into advertising as a few offers came his way.
Thus began Dileep's 5-year saga in advertising where he went on to compose more than 300 jingles.
Sekhar was an arranger and conductor in Malayalam movies and had worked under the likes of Salil Chowdhary and Devarajan.
The pressure of supporting his family fell on Dileep.
He also won an award for composing the theme music of the Madras Telugu Academy's Spirit of Unity Concerts.
In 1989, he started a small studio of his own, called Panchathan Record Inn, attached to his house.