With hits such as
"We have so much stuff, from our biggest hits — Band Baaja Baarat, Kurbaan, Fashion and Rab Ne Banadi Jodi — to our timeless hits
Salim and Sulaiman made a mark with their 2003 release, Bhoot, and have produced music for movies such as Neal Â€˜n'
"The industry is big enough for all of us, with the right kind of competitiveness to drive us," Salim explained. "There's so much consumption of music, there are so many [of us] creating it, and not just for films. There's so many singers, so many different genres of movies being made. So there's a lot of music [for everyone to work on]. It's all good. In fact, Sulaiman and I cannot work on more than four movies a year — we just can't. Four movies is like 20 songs. Apart from that we are doing our concerts and other products. It can get a bit much. Basically, there's something for everybody".
Dream come true
Apart from their Bollywood hits, the brothers have made their presence felt on the international music scene too, collaborating with names such as Lady Gaga and
"When we collaborated with Gaga, did the Fifa 2010 song, I realised how big Indian music is outside
"When we started working on Fifa with the artists we were collaborating with [South African] singers Loyiso Bala and [Kenyan]
"When we started working with Lady Gaga's management they wanted us to do a Bollywood song on
Yet, Salim feels the Indian film industry is the place where music is concerned. Over time we've seen the Indian film industry following a similar pattern, each decade marked with a particular style of music, with a handful of composers on the scene. But today, there are so many music makers on the scene, they almost balance the number of filmmakers.
The other brother speaks
Sulaiman, the other half of the dandy Salim-Sulaiman duo, talks about how they've left sibling rivalry in the past and the music scene in Bollywood.
"There's been no sibling rivalry between us. We lost that in our teens. It's great to be working together because you hardly see brothers in the same profession, forget them working together. Music to me is all about expressing your passion and we have enough for everyone in the industry. Salim and I studied music together, first the piano then classical Indian. He played the harmonium and learnt the ragas — the melody side of music. I took up percussions, learned to play tabla. I also play an instrument called zendrum which is easy to take anywhere. It's a digital instrument so all you need to do is plug it in.
"Being inspired is one thing but I can say for us we don't believe in copying. I've on occasion congratulated colleagues on a beautiful composition only to realise it's played or been a hit in another place. We've collaborated with international stars and
In 2007 Salim and Sulaiman won the Best Dressed Music Composers — an unusual award for music makers — at the FHM (magazine) Awards.
"Well we do pay attention to how we look," laughed Sulaiman. "We've got that from our parents. They always told us to dress well and colleagues have also commented. So, I guess, somebody noticed enough to give us an award for it".
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