Ismail Darbar

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Ismail Darbar
इस्माइल दरबार
اسماعیل دربار
Ismail Darbar at Vestoria fashion show (19).jpg
Ismail Darbar at Vestoria fashion show
Background information
Born (1964-06-01) 1 June 1964 (age 52)
Surat, Gujarat, India
Genres soundtrack
Occupation(s) Composer, music director, instrumentalist

Ismail Darbar (born 1 June 1964) is an Indian composer and violinist, a popular name in Indian Film Industry: Bollywood. He was a contestant on Bigg Boss 3 in 2009.


Ismail Darbar is from Surat, Gujarat. He worked for several years as a session violinist for leading music directors Laxmikant Pyarelal, Kalyanji Anandji, Bappi Lahiri, Rajesh Roshan, Anand-Milind, Nadeem-Shravan, Jatin-Lalit and A. R. Rahman.[1] Finally he got the break after so many years with Sanjay Leela Bhansali's film Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. Earlier Darbar had played violin for Jatin-Lalit in the movie Khamoshi: The Musical.[2] Later on his music in Bhansali's Devdas was acclaimed.[3][4] He did not work with Bhansali after Devdas due to personal differences.[5] After Devdas, Darbar did a few more movies but was unable to get much success.[citation needed] In 2005, he composed for seven out of 12 tracks for Subhash Ghai's Kisna: The Warrior Poet after A. R. Rahman had left the project mid-way to complete an international assignment.[6] However Ghai would later say, "The music [of the film] has turned out so well that you can't distinguish an Ismail song from a Rahman one".[7]

He was one of the four judges on Zee TV's Indian musical program Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2005. The other judges were Jatin-Lalit, Aadesh Shrivastava and Himesh Reshammiya. He was one of the four judges on Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2005[8] and Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2007. He was also one of the three judges for Amul Star Voice of India 2 and Bharat Ki Shaan: Singing Star – Season 2 on DD National.[citation needed].

In 2007, Ismail Darbar also came up with a music album called Rasiya Saajan directed by S Ramachandran. Ismail Darbar also appeared Bigg Boss (Season 3) on Colors TV.[9]

He entered in state level politics by joining BJP Gujarat in 2011.



As music director[edit]

Year Film Title Notes
1999 Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam WonNational Film Award for Best Music Direction
WonFilmfare RD Burman Award for New Music Talent
Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
2000 Tera Jadoo Chal Gayaa
2002 Deewangee
2002 Devdas WonScreen Award for Best Music Director
Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
2002 Desh Devi
2002 Shakti: The Power
2003 Baaz: A Bird in Danger
2003 Vishnu Telugu film
2005 Kisna: The Warrior Poet Co-composed with A. R. Rahman
2006 Husn
2006 Debojit
2007 Rasiya Saajan Private album
2008 Mehbooba
2009 The Unforgettable
2013 Mahabharat Star Plus
2013 Kaanchi Co-composed with Salim-Sulaiman
2014 Ssimran
2014 Ek Tho Chance (unreleased)
2014 Gurudakshina
2016 Santheyalli Nintha Kabira Kannada film


Ismail, his son Zayed and their associates were arrested on 2 February 2015 for physically assaulting an assistant director Prashamit Chaudhury employed by him earlier. Ismail refused to pay his due salaries and instead settled score by assaulting his former employee. [10] [11]


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