|Salim and Sulaiman|
Salim Merchant and Sulaiman Merchant
|Origin||Bhuj, Kutch, Gujarat, India|
|Genres||Film score, soundtrack|
|Occupations||Music director, singer, record producer, instrumentalist, arranger, programmer|
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. 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. 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) . 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. The duo are also composing music for the Hollywood film Sold, produced by Academy Award winner Jeffrey D. Brown.
2010 FIFA World Cup
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".
|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|
|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|
As music directors
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