, Surat, Gujarat, India
Ismail Darbar is an Indian composer and violinist, a popular name in Bollywood.
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. 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. Later on, his music in Bhansali's Devdas was acclaimed. He did not work with Bhansali after Devdas due to personal differences.
After Devdas, Darbar did a few more movies but was unable to get much success. In 2005, he co-composed Subhash Ghai's Kisna: The Warrior Poet with A. R. Rahman. 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".
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 Reshammia. He was one of the four judges on Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2005 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.
In 2007, Ismail Darbar also came up with a music album called Rasiya Saajan. Ismail Darbar also appeared Bigg Boss (Season 3) on Colors TV. He entered in state level politics by joining BJP Gujarat in 2011. After Devdas, he had a long unsuccessful stint in Bollywood. During this period he is falsely claimed to have copied a number of songs from other languages. Though the songs have been all-time hits in India, it has certainly earned him a bad reputation.