Ismail Darbar is an Indian film score composer, instrumentalist, singer, violinist and music director. He won the National Film Award for Best Music Direction for Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999).

Ismail Darbar
Ismail Darbar at Vestoria fashion show
Ismail Darbar at Vestoria fashion show
Background information
Born (1964-06-01) 1 June 1964 (age 59)
Surat, Gujarat, India

Career edit

Ismail Darbar is from Surat, Gujarat. He worked for several years as a session violinist for leading music directors Laxmikant Pyarelal, Kalyanji Anandji, Bappi Lahiri, Rajesh Roshan, Anand–Milind, Nadeem-Shravan, Jatin–Lalit and A. R. Rahman.[1] Finally, he got a break with Sanjay Leela Bhansali's film Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. Earlier, Darbar had played violin for Jatin–Lalit in the movie Khamoshi: The Musical.[2] Later, his music in Bhansali's Devdas was acclaimed.[3][4] He did not work with Bhansali after Devdas due to personal differences.[5] After Devdas, Darbar did a few more movies but without much success.[citation needed] In 2005, he composed for seven out of 12 tracks for Subhash Ghai's Kisna: The Warrior Poet after A. R. Rahman had left the project mid-way to complete an international assignment.[6] However, Ghai would later say, "The music [of the film] has turned out so well that you can't distinguish an Ismail song from a Rahman one".[7]

Darbar, Jatin–Lalit, Aadesh Shrivastava and Himesh Reshammiya were the four judges on Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2005.[8] Darbar was also a judge for Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2007. He was also one of the three judges for Amul Star Voice of India 2 and Bharat Ki Shaan: Singing Star – Season 2 on DD National.[citation needed]

In 2007, Darbar released his first private music album, Rasiya Saajan, directed by S Ramachandran.

Darbar also appeared on season three of the reality series Bigg Boss which aired on Colors TV.[9]

In 2018, Darbar co-composed his directorial debut film, Yeh Kaisa Tigdam, with Badshah (Nanu) Khan.

He entered state-level politics by joining BJP Gujarat in 2011.[10]

Awards edit

Filmography edit

As music director edit

Year Film Title Notes
1999 Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam WonNational Film Award for Best Music Direction
WonFilmfare RD Burman Award for New Music Talent
Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
2000 Tera Jadoo Chal Gayaa
2002 Deewangee
Devdas WonScreen Award for Best Music Director
Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
Desh Devi
Shakti: The Power
2003 Baaz: A Bird in Danger
Vishnu Telugu film
2005 Kisna: The Warrior Poet
2006 Husn
2007 Rasiya Saajan Private album
2008 Mehbooba
2009 The Unforgettable
2013 Mahabharat Star Plus
2014 Simran
Ek Tho Chance Unreleased
2016 Santheyalli Nintha Kabira Kannada film
2018 Yeh Kaisa Tigdam Co-composed with Badshah (Nanu) Khan

Controversies edit

Darbar became the subject of controversy when he accused A.R. Rahman of having bought the Academy Awards he won for the film Slumdog Millionaire (2008).[12] Rahman denied the allegations, but decided not to file a lawsuit against Darbar.[13]

On 2 February 2015, Darbar, his son Zaid and their associates were arrested for physically assaulting an assistant director, Prashamit Chaudhury, who had been employed by him earlier. Darbar refused to pay his due salaries and instead settled the score by assaulting his former employee.[14][15]

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Radio City – India's #1 Radio Network – Listen to Online Radio, Songs & Podcasts".
  2. ^ "Profile of Ismail Darbar". Archived from the original on 5 November 2005.
  3. ^ "The Tribune – Windows – Main Feature—Breathing new life into samadhis by Roopinder Singh".
  4. ^ "Devdas – music review by Aniket Joshi – Planet Bollywood".
  5. ^ "First Take" Archived 14 February 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Kisna music review".
  7. ^ "Back with a big budget dream"[usurped]
  8. ^ "Zee TV Press Release on Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2005". Archived from the original on 21 December 2005.
  9. ^ "Rakhi's mom on Bigg Boss". The Times of India. 6 October 2009.
  10. ^ Bamzai, Kaveree (25 June 2011). "Bollywood composer Ismail Darbar joins Narendra Modi". India Today. Retrieved 22 April 2020.
  11. ^ "Ismail Darbar | World Talent Organization". 10 March 2020. Retrieved 23 October 2021.
  12. ^ "Rahman has bought the Oscars: Ismail Darbar – Times of India". The Times of India. 8 June 2011.
  13. ^ "Oscar Academy to sue Ismail for 'Rahman comment'". 9 June 2011.
  14. ^ "Assistant director assaulted by music composer Ismail Darbar's associates speaks out". 4 February 2015.
  15. ^ "Ismail Darbar arrested for assaulting assistant director". 4 February 2015. Archived from the original on 4 February 2015.

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