Fortunately for Dileep he soon got his first break in advertising when he was asked to compose the jingle to promote Allwyn's new Trendy range of watches, in 1987.The ads were a success and Dileep's work in them was appreciated.
Bharat alias Bala who had been greatly disturbed by the Cauvery river tensions. He signed on the composer to score the music for his next film which was to be produced by the veteran Tamil director K. Rahman also got the Rajat Kamal for best music director at the National Film Awards , the first time ever by a debutante. In the five years since Roja, he has created music for blockbuster Indian films including Roja, Pudhiya Mugam, Gentleman, Kizhaku Seemaiyilae, Duet, Kadalan, Bombay, May, Madham, Indian, Muthu kadhal Dasam, Love Birds and others.
His 1995 soundtrack for Bombay crossed 5 million units and Rahman had arrived as the "King of Indian Pop" with sales of more than 40 million albums over a period of3 years.
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.
But `Hamma Hamma' in `Bombay' was Rahman's first complete song.
Vande Mataram In 1996, when Rahman had gone to Bombay to attend the Screen Awards ceremony, he met his childhood friend G. During this meeting both had discussed a proposal for an album to commemorate 50 years of Indian Independence in 1997.
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.
At he age of 11, he joined Illaiyaraja's troupe as a keyboard player.
It was his mother Kareema Begum who encouraged him to follow in his father's footsteps.