Salim moves over Bollywood!


By Hindustan Times

Mumbai, Feb. 2 -- After having made a mark as a film composer, Salim Merchant, one half of music director duo SalimSulaiman is all set to explore the singer in him. Salim has lent his voice to a Sufi song in the recently released album, Teri Rehmatein. "Singing is an add-on thing for me. I never thought I would be singing in albums, but it's worked for me now and I'm happy people are appreciating it," says Salim, adding,

"When composer Harpreet Singh approached me for this song, I said 'Why not?'. The lyrics are beautiful and I was sure it would sound great." Having overcome his initial inhibitions, ask Salim if he's game to take on more singing projects now and he says, "I'm open to new and interesting things that come my way."

He is busy wrapping up the background score for the Bipasha BasuR Madhavan starrer Jodi Breakers, which hits theatres later this month. He and brother Sulaiman are also working on the music for Madhur Bhandarkar's Heroine, "We are also going on our first US tour in March," he informs.

Besides Merchant, Teri Rehmatein, released by Sony Music also features talent such as Pakistani Sufi artiste Sanam Marvi, who rose to fame with collaborative music series Coke Studio. Playback singers Javed Ali, Tochi Raina and indie band Faridkot's lead vocalist IP Singh. Says Javed Ali, "It's a wonderful composition. I'm happy to be a part of this project that features such gifted music talents."