Salim Merchant

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Salim Merchant

Salim Merchant

Salim Merchant is an Indian music composer and playback singer, who along with his brother Suleiman Merchant, has composed superhit music in films like Chak De India and Fashion among others.

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Salim Merchant is an Indian music composer and playback singer, who along with his brother Suleiman Merchant, has composed superhit music in films like Chak De India and Fashion among others. Born in a Muslim family in Bhuj, Salim had taken up tabla training under the able guidance of legendary tabla players Taufiq Qureshi and Ustad Zakir Hussain. Salim along with brother Suleiman, South African singer Loyiso Bala and Kenyan singer and songwriter Eric Wainaina, has composed the anthem ‘Africa – You’re A Star’ for 2010 FIFA World Cup. Together the brother duo, Sulaiman and Salim have composed superhit songs for several popular movies, which include Bhoot (2003), Kaal (2005), Iqbal (2006), Dor (2006), Chak De! India (2007), Aaja Nachle (2007), Fashion (2008), Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008), Kurbaan (2009), Ladies vs Ricky Bahl (2011), Band Baaja Baaraat (2010), Aazaan (2011), Heroine (2012), Satyagraha (2013) and more recently for Mardaani (2014), Ungli (2014) and 22 Yards (2014). They have also composed music for American television series Wonder Pets (2009). They are also noted background score composers, and have given so for numerous films like Hameshaa (1997), Pyaar Mein Kabhi Kabhi (1999), Hum Tum (2004), Mujhse Shaadi Karogi (2004), Dhoom (2004), Fanaa (2006), Krrish (2006), Dhoom 2 (2006), Race (2008), Anjaana Anjaani (2010), Cocktail (2012), Krrish 3 (2013) and more recently in Bang Bang (2014) among many more. Their latest projects include composing songs for the film, Wedding Pullav (2015). Salim is also an accomplished playback singer and has sung for many songs in films like Iqbal (2005), Fashion (2008), Rocket Singh-Salesman Of The Year (2009), Kurbaan (2009), Band Baaja Baaraat (2010), Aazaan (2011), Student Of The Year (2012), Jodi Breakers (2012), Satyagraha (2013) and Wedding Pullav (2015). They have also composed the background score for television series Koffee with Karan and Telugu movie Anaganaga O Dheerudu. At present, Sulaiman and Salim are composing music for Jeffrey D. Brown’s Hollywood movie Sold. Apart from music and singing, Salim has also been the judge on reality show, Indian Idol season 5 & 6 and Indian Idol Junior season 2.

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