Born : November 3, 1985
Age : 28
Birthplace : Kolkata, India
Height : 5.2
Awards : Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer
Monali Thakur is an Indian playback singer and the actress for Bollywood movies. Monali comes from a musical with his father is the known Bengali Singer, while her sister Mehuli Thakur is a playback singer. She has been trained in Hindustani classical music under Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty and Pandit Jagdish Prasad. She then learnt Hip Hop and dance like Bharatnatyam and later got her formal training in Salsa dance. She got her break in singing since her school days and was very much regular in participating in a number of college competitions and performing at different local functions. She has bagged the best playback singing award at Anandalok Aawards when she was barely 14 years of age.
Wiki : Her popularity went up when she participated in Indian Idol two wherein she was placed in the ninth position. The post Indian Idol competition, she had to struggle a lot to get a good start in the music industry. Lastly in 2008, she got the chance to sing in the movie called Race 2 by the music director – Pritam. She then sung two songs- Khwab Dekhe and Zara Zara Touch Me. Though she was supposed to sing just one song in the movie, however, her recording went impressive, which led her- the second song as well from the director. Luckily the song turned out to be a popular one of 2008. The directors of Race – Abbas – Mastan were really impressed by her performance, which gave her more opportunities later in her music career.
She was nominated for this song in IIFA Awards and several others awards wherein she got succeeded in getting the right place. She then was seen becoming the judge of Bengali Sa Re Ga Ma Lil Champs contest for around two years and even participated as judge in another Bengali show called Key Hobe Biggest Fan and later turned out to be the part of Coke Studio. Her song for Lootera – Sawaar Loon gave her first Filmfare Awards under the Best Female Playback singer category for 2013. As far as her personal life is concerned, she is still single but was seen dating the IPL man She called Meiyang Chаng who is a known host of Indian Idol and other program. Her elder sister is also a popular singer.
Apart from her singing career, she has been involved in acting as well. She was often seen in different Bengali TV soaps including Aalokito Ek Indu wherein she played the lead character called Indubala. This was followed by other telefilms as well like Phagun Agun from Sudeshna Roy wherein she was again seen in the character of Ruman. While talking about the films, she first appeared in the Bengali movie called Krishnakanter Will wherein she played the character of Bhromor. In the year 2014, she would be seen making her debut Bollywood movie called Lakshmi from Nagesh Kukunoor. The movie deals with child skiny business and human trafficking. In this film, she is playing the character of a 15 years old girl who is trapped in this menace. Soon you will also see in a multistarrer movie called Mango by Abbas Tyrewala.