Ismail Darbar

Ismail Darbar (born 1 June 1964) is an Indian bollywood film score composer, instrumentalist, violinist and music director, a popular name in Indian Film Industry: Bollywood. Darbar is a national award winning music director . He was a contestant on Bigg Boss 3 in 2009.

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


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 the break after so many years 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 on 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 was unable to get much success. 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]

He was one of the four judges on Zee TV's Indian musical program Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2005. The other judges were Jatin-Lalit, Aadesh Shrivastava and Himesh Reshammiya. He was one of the four judges on Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2005[8] and 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..

In 2007, Ismail Darbar released his first private music album called Rasiya Saajan directed by S Ramachandran. Ismail Darbar also appeared on the reality series Bigg Boss (Season 3) 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.



As music director

YearFilm TitleNotes
1999Hum Dil De Chuke SanamWonNational Film Award for Best Music Direction
WonFilmfare RD Burman Award for New Music Talent
Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
2000Tera Jadoo Chal Gayaa
2002DevdasWonScreen Award for Best Music Director
Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
2002Desh Devi
2002Shakti: The Power
2003Baaz: A Bird in Danger
2003VishnuTelugu film
2005Kisna: The Warrior PoetCo-composed with A. R. Rahman
2007Rasiya SaajanPrivate album
2009The Unforgettable
2013MahabharatStar Plus
2013KaanchiCo-composed with Salim-Sulaiman
2014Ek Tho Chance(unreleased)
2016Santheyalli Nintha KabiraKannada film
2018Yeh Kaisa TigdamCo-composed with Badshah (Nanu) Khan


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).[10] Rahman denied the allegations by Darbar, but decided not to file a lawsuit against him.[11] On 2 February 2015, Darbar, his son Zayed and their associates were arrested for physically assaulting an assistant director Prashamit Chaudhury employed by him earlier. Ismail refused to pay his due salaries and instead settled score by assaulting his former employee.[12][13]

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