Salim Merchant

Pro Faculty - Music in Bollywood

Salim Merchant is one half of composer duo Salim-Sulaiman, who are among India’s most respected composers, having scored more than 100 films including Kurbaan, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, Fashion, Band Baaja Baaraat, Aaja Nachle, Heroine, etc., around 20 TV shows and composed several records incorporating cinematic, folk, electronica and Sufi influences to their music. They’ve composed for musicals such as ‘Merchants of Bollywood’ and ‘Beyond Bollywood’. Their latest & much awaited Hollywood film ‘Sold’ is already gaining a lot of appreciation at various film festivals.

Through a module called “Music in Bollywood”, Salim taught the art of composing music for the Bollywood industry and as we know it in its modern avatar. He helped students with special insights such as what film directors look for in a music director/composer and how to be musical while trying to appeal to a large audience at the same time. Salim mixed traditional artistry with modern songwriting techniques and soundscapes to help build a unique method that students could implement into their composition process which would help them stay relevant and ahead of the curve while stepping into the Bollywood industry.