Merlin has broken barriers in Bollywood. For a long time, there was a derth of women composers in the male-dominated profession. Merlin Dsouza, composer for ‘Bas Yun Hi’ and music arranger for films like ‘Kabhie Khushi Kabhie Gham’ and ‘Road’, confidently states that with the right kind of technical knowledge, any woman director can definitely create her space within the industry. Here are a few films that Merlin has composed / arranged for:
KABHI KHUSHI KABHIE GHAM
Merlin successfully played, arranged and conducted for Karan Johar’s superhit film ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham’ aka ‘K3G’.
The sound tracks included super hits ‘You are my soniya’, ‘Suraj hua Maddham’, ‘Vande Mataram’ and ‘Deewana hai dekho’.
Ram Gopal Verma directed the film ‘Road’. With music director Sandesh Shandilya, Merlin arranged and programmed the musical score which boasted tracks like the sensous ‘Makhmali Si Badhan’, the lively ‘Kya Yeh Pyaar hai’, and the steamy item number ‘Khullam Khulla’.
BAS YUN HI
‘Bus Yun Hi’ directed by Raja Menin, was Merlin’s debut film as composer and music director. The film received critical acclaim as the new urban-centric yet soulful sound to hit the film industry. Two of the most popular tracks were the title song ‘Bus Yun Hi’ and ‘Ehsaas’.
PRINCE OF EGYPT
Merlin was the vocal director for the animated feature film ‘Prince of Egypt’(Hindi version). This Oscar winning animated film was produced by DreamWorks pictures.
Merlin was the music director, arranger and programmer for the Hindi version of Disney’s famous animated movie ‘Lion King’. The sound track of the movie was compiled into an album which boasted of several leading Indian singers and was produced by BMG Crescendo.
Merlin and Asif Ali Beg teamed up to compose for Kaizad Gustad’s ‘Bombay Boys’, starring Rahul Bose, Naveen Andrews and Naseeruddin Shah. For an unorthodox film, Bombay Boys did well at the box office because of its light, realistic view of life in Bombay.
Merlin has also been vocal director, arranger and programmer for the following films : Agnivarsha, Piya Basanti, Socha na tha, Ganga Jal, Rules, Band of Boys, Tum Milo To Sahi