Birth: 1974, Gujarat, India

Salim Merchant is a Hindi music director and singer in India. He is popularly known for his compositions with his brother Sulaiman Merchant. Their works are widely called as Salim-Sulaiman compositions. 

 

He has been composing music for over a decade, having scored for movies including Neal 'n' Nikki, Chak De India, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi and Fashion. He has also composed for several Indi-pop performers including Viva, Asmaan, Shweta Shetty, Jasmine and Style Bhai among others. He has also composed and produced several TV commercials and collaborated with artistes like Ustad Zakir Hussain and Ustad Sultan Khan.

 

He got his first break with Karan Johar's movie, Kaal. Ever since, he has been providing music for movies with well-known producers and directors like Yash Chopra, Subhash Ghai and Ram Gopal Varma.

 

Before composing music, Salim used to compose the background scores for movies. Salim Merchant was one of the three judges for the fifth edition of Indian Idol 5 of Sony Entertainment.