Monali Thakur

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Monali Thakur
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Background information
Birth name Monali Thakur
Born (1985-11-03) 3 November 1985 (age 32)
Kolkata, West Bengal, India[1]
Origin Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Genres Playback SingerFilmiPopHindustani classicalThumri
Occupation(s) Singer, actress[1]
Years active 2006–present

Monali Thakur (born 3 November 1985) is an Indian singer and actress. She is the recipient of a National Film Award and a Filmfare Award. Thakur won the National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer for the song "Moh Moh Ke Dhaage" from the film Dum Laga Ke Haisha (2015) and the Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer for the song "Sawaar Loon" from the film Lootera (2013). She was a "judge" on Zee TV's Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L'il Champs 2014. She is presently an "expert" on Colors TV's Rising Star.[2]

Life and career[edit]

Thakur was born in a Bengali musical family in Kolkata. Her father Shakti Thakur is a Bengali singer[3] and her sister Mehuli Thakur is also a playback singer.[4] She was trained in Hindustani classical music under Pandit Jagdish Prasad and Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty.[5] She has learnt hip-hop and Bharatanatyam and is also a trained salsa dancer.[6]

Thakur started singing in school and college competitions and performing at local functions,[7] and received the Best Playback Singer award at the Anandalok Awards for the serial Sri Ramkrishna when she was 14.[5] She rose to popularity after placing ninth in Indian Idol 2.[8]

She had to struggle even after Indian Idol to get a strong foothold in the music industry. She got an offer from music director Pritam Chakraborty to sing two songs for the Bollywood film Race in 2008 – "Khwab Dekhe" (Sexy Lady) and "Zara Zara Touch Me".[8] She was originally scheduled to sing only one song, but her first recording impressed the film's directors Abbas–Mustan enough for them to book her a second.[3] "Zara Zara Touch Me" was enormously successful, becoming the fourth-most-played song on Indian radio during the first half of 2008.[9] She also got nominated for an IIFA Award for Best Female Playback and an Apsara Award for Best Female Playback Singer for the song "Zara Zara Touch Me". Monali's first large format live concert was at Powai Sarvajanin Durgotsav in 2011.[citation needed]

She was a judge in the Bengali music reality show Bengali Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Li'l Champs for two years.[6][10] She also appeared in the Bengali show Key Hobe Biggest Fan[10] and was part of Coke Studio.[11] She briefly dated Meiyang Chang.[12][13]

In 2014, Thakur won the Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer for the song "Sawaar Loon" from the film Lootera.[14] In March 2016, she received the National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer for the song "Moh Moh Ke Dhaage" from the film Dum Laga Ke Haisha[15] and earned a nomination at the Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer for the same.[16]

Acting[edit]

As a child, she appeared in a Bengali television show, Aalokito ek Indu, in which she played the lead role Indubala.[17] It was followed by two telefilms,[17] including Sudeshna Roy's Phagune Agun, in which she was seen as Ruman.[5] She made her acting debut in Raja Sen's Bengali film Krishnakanter Will,[18] in which she played the role of Bhromor.[19] In 2014, she made her Bollywood debut in Nagesh Kukunoor's Lakshmi.[20] The film is about human trafficking and child prostitution and Thakur plays a 15-year-old girl who gets trapped in it.[21] She will be seen in Abbas Tyrewala's multistarrer Mango.[22] She also acted in a short film titled Jangle Bells along with Namit Das. The film came out on Christmas of 2015.[23]

Discography[edit]

Film Songs[edit]

Title Year Film Composer Language Notes
"Kubool Kar Le" 2006 Jaan-E-Mann Anu Malik Hindi
"Goodnight" 2008 Dil Kabaddi Sachin Gupta
"Zara Zara Touch Me" Race Pritam
"Khwaab Dekhe" (Sexy Lady)
"Meow" Golmaal Returns
"Khudaya Khair" 2009 Billu
"Do Dil Hain Janwa" Bolo Raam Sachin Gupta
"Bodhua " Dujone Jeet Gannguli Bengali
"Kar Chokhe"
"Sonali Rodudure"
"Prithibi Onek Boro" Love
"It's Only Pyar" 2010 Dui Prithibi Jeet Gannguli
Samidh-Rishi
"O Yaara Ve"
"Bol Na Aar"
"Tor Pirite " Mon Je Kore Uru Uru
"jibon jr mela re bhai" Kellafate
"Lal Gaanda Phool"
"Premer Gale Chuma De"
"Bolo Na Tumi Aamar" Bolo Na Tumi Aamar
"Ei Gambat"
"Keu Mone Mone" Josh
"Shabba Rabba Reeba Ru" Le Chakka Indradip Dasgupta
"Dilrubaon Ke Jalwe" Dulha Mil Gaya Lalit Pandit Hindi
"Ishq Mein" Prince Sandeep Shirodkar
"Prince Reprise"
"Jingle Jingle" Badmaash Company Pritam
"Golmaal" Golmaal 3
"Anjaana Anjaani Ki Kahani" Anjaana Anjaani Vishal-Shekhar
"Naina" 2011 Kucch Luv Jaisaa Pritam
"Aao Manaye Jashn" Tum Hi To Ho Anand-Milind
"Tik Tuk" Rascals Vishal-Shekhar
"Rishta Banao" Hostel Virag Mishra
"Thik Thakish" Jaani Dyakha Hawbe Indradeep Dasgupta
Neel Dutt
Bengali
"Oh Sona Eshona" Fighter Indradeep Dasgupta
"Ke Se"
"Mon Banjara"
"Eta Ki Bhul" Romeo Jeet Gannguli
"Jani na" Faande Poriya Boga Kaande Re
"Akasher Nile"
"Give Me Freedom" Bhorer Alo
"Happy Birthday " Tomay Bhalobashye Anand-Milind
"Haal-E-Dil Bbuddah... Hoga Terra Baap Vishal-Shekhar Hindi
"Give It Up" United Six Pritam
"Tu Mohabbat Hai" 2012 Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya Sachin–Jigar
"Ho Jaayega" From Sydney With Love Sohail Sen
"Ho Jaayega remix"
Mr. Bhatti on Chutti Channi Singh
"Aga Bai" Aiyyaa Amit Trivedi
"Dariya Ho" Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal Sajid-Wajid
"Shadow Tales " Aparajita Tumi Shantanu Moitra Bengali
"Darlling Oh My Darling" Le Halua Le Jeet Gannguli
"Chaap Nish Na" Bapi Bari Ja
"Rukega Badal" Macho Mastana Samidh Mukerjee
"Peepni" Jo Hum Chahein Sachin Gupta
Kumaar
Hindi
"Mumkin Nahi" Qasam Se Qasam Se Sayanthi–Shailendra
"Tu Ru Tu Ru Tu" Will You Marry Me? Sachin Gupta
"Golemale Pirit Koro Na" 3 Kanya Indradeep Dasgupta Bengali
"It's 100% Love" 100% Love Jeet Gannguli
Samidh Mukerjee
"Inkaar" (Theme) 2013 Inkaar Shantanu Moitra Hindi
"Conspiracy" Madras Cafe
"Darbadar" I, Me Aur Main Sachin–Jigar
"Meri Jaaniye"
"Oh Madhu" Rangbaaz Jeet Gannguli Bengali
"Love You Soniyo"
"O Shona " Loveria Samidh Mukerjee
"Nachlay Nachlay" Hum Hai Raahi Car Ke Sangeet-Siddharth Hindi
"Hip Hop Pammi" Ramaiya Vastavaiya Sachin-Jigar
Sandeep Shirodkar
"Sawar Loon" Lootera Amit Trivedi
"Ichhe Joto Uriye Debo" Boss Jeet Gannguli Bengali
"Joto Dur Jabe Chhokh " Hanuman.com Indradeep Dasgupta
"Muh Meetha Kara De" Rabba Main Kya Karoon Salim-Sulaiman Hindi
"I Don't Luv U" I Don't Luv U Aman Benson & Amit Kasaria
"Laila" Nasha Sangeet-Siddharth
"Raghupati Raghav" Krrish 3 Rajesh Roshan
"Yaro Yaro" Madha Yaanai Koottam N. R. Raghunanthan Tamil
"Tune Maari Entriyaan" (Bangla Version) 2014 Gunday Sohail Sen Hindi
Gunday (Bengali) Bengali
"Love Me Thoda" Yaariyan Anupam Amod Hindi
"He Naropishach" Arundhati Jeet Gannguli
Saluri Koteswara Rao
Bengali
"Ei Bhalo Ei Kharap" Golpo Holeo Shotti Indradeep Dasgupta
"Sweety" Bobby Jasoos Shantanu Moitra Hindi
"Aa Ghar Chalein Hum" Lakshmi
"Karle Pyaar Karle" Karle Pyaar Karle Meet Bros Anjjan
"Turram Khan" 2015 Hawaizaada Rochak Kohli
"Ure Geche" Parbona Ami Chartey Tokey Indradeep Dasgupta Bengali
"Tumi Ashe Paashe"
"Kono Ek Nilchee Pari" Black Daboo
"Moh Moh ke Dhaage" Dum Laga Ke Haisha Anu Malik Hindi
"Dhol Baaje" Ek Paheli Leela Meet Bros Anjjan
"Dil Ye Ladaku" 2016 Saala Khadoos Santhosh Narayanan
"Cham Cham" Baaghi Meet Bros
"Chappan Taal" Yea Toh Two Much Ho Gayaa Abhisekh Majumder
"Dhanak" (Title song) Dhanak Tapas Relia
"Laila Majnu" Awesome Mausam Javed Ali
"Saazish" Mumbai 125 KM Mani Sharma
"Chakum Chukum" Power Jeet Gannguli Bengali
"Badri Ki Dulhania" 2017 Badrinath Ki Dulhania Tanishk Bagchi Hindi
"Khol De Baahein" Meri Pyaari Bindu Sachin–Jigar
"Miliyo re" Monsoon Shootout Rochak Kohli
"Yeh Awaaz Hai" Indu Sarkar Anu Malik
"On Top of the World" [1] Shell #makethefuture [2] campaign Global music artists - Jennifer Hudson, Pixie Lott, Luan Santana, Yemi Alade and Monali Thakur English
"Soojiga Nanava" Vardhana Methews Manu Kannada
"Jio Pagla" (title track) Jio Pagla Jeet Gannguli Bengali
"Hawai Hawai"
"Yeh Dil Jo Hai Badmaash Hai " 2018 Phir Se Hindi
"Ei Mon" Jole Jongole Bengali
"Tara Khoshe Pore" Ghore & Baire Anupam Roy
"Chal" October Shantanu Moitra Hindi
"Tere Jaisa Tu Hai" Fanney Khan Amit Trivedi
"Fu Bai Fu"
"Monobina" Gold Tanishk Bagchi

Non-Film Songs[edit]

Title Year Composer Notes
Woh pehli bar 2006 Pritam Indian Idol Theme song
"Ekhane Aakash Neel" Title Track 2008 Jeet Gannguli Bangla Serial
"Ye Mera India Anthem" 2013 Leslie Lewis With Shaan
2015 Salim-Sulaiman With Neeti Mohan, Salim
"Googly Woogly Wooksh" 2015 Jeet Gannguli Comercial Ad
"Googly Woogly Wooksh Reloaded" (with Armaan Malik) 2016
"Naamkarann Title Track" 2016 Anu Malik Hindi Serial
"Sakhya Re Title Track" 2017 Pankaj Padghan Marathi Serial
"P.C Chandra Jewellery Theme Song" 2017 Anupam Roy Comercial Ad
"Tamanna" 2018 Producer-Bert Eliot Composer- Monali Thakur Written by -Amitabh Bhattacharya Youtube Channel

Filmography[edit]

Year Film / Reality Show Role Notes
2007 Krishnakanter Will Bhramar Bengali film
2010-2011 Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Bangla Judge Zee Bangla
2012 Coke Studio Herself 2 songs
2014 Lakshmi Lakshmi Hindi film
2014 Mango Post-production
2014 Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L'il Champs 2014 Judge Zee Tv
2014 PK Kashmiri girl Side role (guest appearance)
2015 Debi Lali Bengali short film
2015 Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L'il Champs Grand Finale North America Judge
2016 Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Sangeet er Sera Mancha Judge Zee Bangla
2016 Comedy Nights Live Guest Colors TV
2017 The Drama Company Guest Sony TV
2017 Secret Superstar Herself (cameo) Hindi film
2017 Rising Star Judge & Expert Colors TV
2017 The Stage Guest Judge Colors Infinity
2018 MTV Unplugged Herself MTV
2018 Entertainment Ki Raat Guest With Shankar Mahadevan
2018 Rising Star India (Season 2) Judge & Expert Colors TV

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Category Song and film Result
National Film Awards
2015 Best Female Playback Singer "Moh Moh Ke Dhaage" (Dum Laga Ke Haisha) Won
Filmfare Awards
2014 Best Female Playback Singer "Sawar Loon" (Lootera) Won
2016 Best Female Playback Singer "Moh Moh Ke Dhaage" (Dum Laga Ke Haisha) Nominated
2018 Best Female Playback Singer "Khol De Baahein" (Meri Pyaari Bindu) Nominated
Screen Awards
2014 Best Female Playback Singer "Sawar Loon" (Lootera) Nominated
2016 Best Female Playback Singer "Moh Moh Ke Dhaage" (Dum Laga Ke Haisha) Won
International Indian Film Academy Awards
2009 Best Female Playback Singer "Zara Zara Touch Me" (Race) Nominated
2014 Best Female Playback Singer "Sawar Loon" (Lootera) Nominated
2016 Best Female Playback Singer "Moh Moh Ke Dhaage" (Dum Laga Ke Haisha) Won
Zee Cine Awards
2014 Best Playback Singer – Female "Sawar Loon" (Lootera) Nominated
2016 Best Female Playback Singer "Moh Moh Ke Dhaage" (Dum Laga Ke Haisha) Nominated
Times of India Film Awards
2016 Best Playback Singer – Female "Moh Moh Ke Dhaage" (Dum Laga Ke Haisha) Nominated
Global Indian Music Academy Awards
2014 Best Female Playback Singer "Sawar Loon" (Lootera) Nominated
2016 Best Female Playback Singer "Moh Moh Ke Dhaage" (Dum Laga Ke Haisha) Nominated
Mirchi Music Awards
2011 Upcoming Female Vocalist "Aga bai"(Aiyaa) Nominated[citation needed]
2013 Best Playback Singer -Female "Sawar Loon" (Lootera) Nominated[citation needed]
2015 Best Playback Singer – Female "Moh Moh Ke Dhaage" (Dum Laga Ke Haisha) Nominated[24]
2017 Best Playback Singer - Female "Badri Ki Dulhania" (Badrinath Ki Dulhania) Nominated[25]
Star Guild Awards
2009 Best Female Playback Singer "Zara Zara Touch Me" (Race) Nominated
2014 Best Playback Singer – Female "Sawar Loon" (Lootera) Nominated
2016 Best Female Playback Singer "Moh Moh Ke Dhaage" (Dum Laga Ke Haisha) Won
Lions Gold Awards
2015 Best Debut Actress Lakshmi Won
BIG Star Entertainment Awards
2013 Best Entertaining Singer Female "Sawar loon" (Lootera) Nominated
Stardust Awards
2016 Best Female Playback Singer "Moh Moh Ke Dhaage" (Dum Laga Ke Haisha) Nominated
FOI Online Awards India
2015 Best Female Playback Singer "Moh Moh Ke Dhaage"(Dum Laga Ke Haisha) Nominated
2016 Best Female Playback Singer "Cham Cham" (Baaghi) Nominated
2017 Best Female Playback Singer "Khol De Baahein" (Meri Pyaari Bindu) Nominated
RMIM Puraskaar
2013 Best Sung Song (solo) "Sawar Loon" Nominated
Satish Kalra Sammaan (Along with the musical team of Lootera) Won
2015 Song of the year "Moh Moh Ke Dhaage" Won
Best Sung Song (solo) Won
2017 Best Sung Song (solo) "Khol De Baahein" Nominated
Sony Mix Audience Music Awards
2018 Best Female Playback Singer "Khol De Baahein" (Meri Pyaari Bindu) Nominated
Other Honorary Awards
2008 Sera Bangali Award New Talent Won

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