'Kites' background score of global standard: Sulaiman Merchant

New Delhi, Sep 23 (IANS) Known for their edgy and racy background scores in "Dhoom 2", "Chak De! India" and "Krrish", music composers Salim and Sulaiman Merchant are now looking forward to their next creation "Kites", which they promise matches international standards.

"We are eagerly waiting and looking forward to the release of the film 'Kites' where we have worked on the background score. We have given our best and all I can say is that it truly matches international standards," Sulaiman told IANS over phone from Mumbai.

The composer, however, refused to divulge more details about the score.

"Kites", which is expected to release January next year, is directed by Anurag Basu and produced by Rakesh Roshan. The film stars Hrithik Roshan, Mexican actress Barbara Mori and Kangana Ranaut. Set in Las Vegas, it is said to be a romantic thriller that revolves around a Salsa dance teacher, played by Hrithik.

Salim-Sulaiman, who have been in the industry for over a decade now, started out with background scores and graduated to composing songs. They have given chartbusters for successful movies like "Fashion", "Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi" and "Chak De! India" among others.

They might be successfully juggling between both jobs, but what remains their first love?

"Definitely background score. It is an art that we are perfecting. It's a very challenging job and we are trying to master it," said Sulaiman.

"But it's true that music direction brings you recognition. We have to agree that India is a song and dance nation and the main focus has always been on songs in a film," he added.

At the same time, the composer is happy that people are now slowly realising the need of having a good background score in a film.

"Now a lot of people are understanding the importance of background score. Today, we have directors who call us to book our dates three months in advance for their projects. It feels nice," said Sulaiman.

Apart from "Kites", the composers have various big budget films in their kitty including "Teen Patti", "Pyaar Impossible" and "Kurbaan".

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