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Celebrated music composers Salim-Sulaiman are all set with their next outing Poorna, directed by actor Rahul Bose. Salim Merchant from the duo talks to Komal Sharma about the film and much more…

Over the years, music composer Salim Merchant (Salim-Sulaiman) has proved his mettle when it comes to belting out chartbusters and background music. He is all set with his next, Poorna, which follows the life of the youngest girl to climb Mount Everest.

Asked about how the music duo got on board the film, Salim says, “Rahul said he was doing a film and narrated the story to me. I was taken aback because I didn’t know about the girl who had climbed Mount Everest. It was amazing as she is just 13 years old. Rahul asked me if I could suggest someone who could compose songs for the movie. When I said we could, he replied, ‘I can’t afford you.’ I said, ‘How can you say that? Have you even asked us whether we want to do it?’ That’s how we entered this film.” 

Every film brings its share of challenges and this one was no different. “I get very excited and I make sure I work hard on each and every film. I am never relaxed, no matter how big or small the film is. Sulaiman and I are passionate about our projects. Making inspirational songs is our forte, we love making inspirational and aspirational songs.”

The duo wasn’t given a brief for the songs, especially the title track. So they worked on inspiring tunes and beats with an open canvas. But these tunes were meant to enhance Bose’s vision as a director. The track is said to be the most crucial number in the film and the main USP of the narrative, “These songs are made from our hearts. These are the songs aimed at creating hits. There is this constant effort to make a club hit. People have started making songs which work well commercially, which the youth like. The USP of our songs is that both Sulaiman, myself and our team including Rahul liked them. The songs are good and not only potential hits. That’s the major USP,” reasons Salim.

Amitabh Bhattacharya, who penned the lyrics for the film, gave the duo a line — ‘Woh toofaan kya chataane jisko mod de, Woh udaan kya jo uchai pe dam tod de’ and with the film initially titled Kuch Parwat Hillatein Hai, the title track of the film has the same lines, which elaborate on the journey of Poorna.

On collaborating with Arijit Singh, Salim reveals, “Arijit is now the most lovable singer and a person who have a very positive energy and we are getting a great response from listeners. Next, I will be working on a Yash Raj Films project. I can’t say anything about the film right now but news will definitely make its way out soon!”

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