Salim–Sulaiman

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Salim and Sulaiman
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Salim Merchant and Sulaiman Merchant
Background information
Origin Bhuj, Kutch, Gujarat, India
Genres Film score, soundtrack
Occupations Music director, singer, record producer, instrumentalist, arranger, programmer
Years active 1999–present

Salim Merchant and Sulaiman Merchant are a pair of musician brothers, born and brought up in Bhuj, Kutch, Gujarat, India. They belong to an Ismaili Muslim family and are inspired by their father Sadruddin Merchant, who used to lead Ismaili Scouts Orchestra in India.[1] Steeped in a family tradition of music as the sons of composer and veteran of the film industry Sadruddin Merchant, Salim mastered the piano on at the Trinity College of Music in London while Sulaiman took up tabla training with such legends as Taufiq Qureshi and Ustad Zakir Hussain.[2] They emerged as popular music directors only in 2003, six years after their first music composition in a Bollywood film. They received recognition with their award-winning performance for their music in Bhoot, in which the music was a very influential and significant aspect of the movie. Their music in the award-winning movie Iqbal earned them rave accolades.

Salim and Sulaiman have been composing music for over a decade having scored for movies such as Neal 'n' Nikki, Chak De! India, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi and Fashion. The duo had also composed for many Indi-pop performers including Viva, Aasmaan, Shweta Shetty, Jasmine and Style Bhai among others, composed and produced several TV commercials and collaborated with artistes such as Ustad Zakir Hussain and Ustad Sultan Khan. They got their first break when Karan Johar asked them to compose the music for his movie Kaal. After that, they have gone to do movies with well-known producers and directors like Yash Chopra, Subhash Ghai and Ram Gopal Varma. Before composing music, they were composing the background scores for movies.

Salim Merchant was one of the three judges for the Fifth season of Indian Idol on Sony Entertainment Television (India) .[3] Later in 2012; Salim Merchant sang "Ishq Wala Love" opposite Neeti Mohan and Shekhar Ravjiani for which he received rave reviews from critics. The song topped the music lists for a long period of time; thus becoming a chart-buster and a high commercial success. "Ishq Wala Love" remains one of the most listened songs on gaana.com(Popular music website throughout the globe). In the annual Top 100 songs of Radio Mirchi; Ishq Wala Love featured in the top 30, ranking at No. 13 respectively. The song became the biggest hit of Student of the Year as well as Salim Merchant's all-time biggest critical and commercial success till date.

They have worked on a Bollywood remix for Lady Gaga's songs Born This Way and Judas.[4][5] The duo are also composing music for the Hollywood film Sold, produced by Academy Award winner Jeffrey D. Brown.[6]

2010 FIFA World Cup[edit]

The musical duo collaborated with South African singer Loyiso Bala and Kenyan singer and song writer Eric Wainaina to record the anthem for 2010 FIFA World Cup. The anthem is the song "Africa – You're A Star".[7][8]

Indian Idol[edit]

Salim Merchant worked as judge along with Anu Malik and Sunidhi Chauhan in season 5 and season 6 of Indian Idol.

Awards[edit]

Award Year Result Awarded for Film/TV
Filmfare Awards 2007 Won Filmfare Best Background Score Award Krrish
Apsara Awards 2007 Nominated Filmfare Best music director Award Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi
IIFA Awards 2005 Won IIFA Best Background Score Award Mujhse Shaadi Karogi
Star Screen Awards 2003 Won Star Screen Award for Best Background Score Bhoot
Star Screen Awards 2004 Won Star Screen Award for Best Background Score Dhoom
Zee Cine Awards 2005 Won Zee Cine Award for Best Background Score Ab Tak Chhappan
Daytime Emmy Awards 2009 Nominated Daytime Emmy Award For Outstanding Original Song in a Children's Series Wonder Pets[9]
Syracuse International Film Festival Awards 2008 Won Best Music Director Fashion
FHM (magazine) awards 2007 Won Best Dressed Music Composers
Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer 2010 Nominated Best Singer for Shukran Allah with Sonu Nigam Kurbaan

Filmography[edit]

As music directors[edit]

Background score[edit]

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