Five years on, it was time for Khayyam's solo break. He scored music for the 1953 hit, "Foot Path", starring Dilip Kumar and Meena Kumari. Although Timir Baran was credited as the primary composer of the film, its success, and Khayyam's natural tendency to thrive with classical notes impressed all. The rest, as they say, is history. Early hits included songs in films such as "Phir Subah Hogi" (1958), "Shola Aur Shabnam" (1961) and "Aakhri Khat" (1966) -- the last mentioned marking superstar Rajesh Khanna's entry into Bollywood.