Full Name- Monali Thakur
Born- Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Origin- Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Genres- Classical and film songs
Occupations- Playback singer
Years Active- 2006-Present
Monali Thakur is an Indian female playback singer who mostly sings for bollywood movies. She shot to fame when she participated in the immensely popular singing reality TV show program on Sony Entertainment Channel, Indian Idol season 2. Since then, she has sung many songs in Hindi films.
Early Life & Background
Monali Thakur was born in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. She comes from a musical family. Her father Shakti Thakur is a Bengali singer and also an actor. Her sister Mehuli Thakur Goswami is also a known professional playback singer.
Monali Thakur was a music enthusiast from her childhood days as she got a musical environment and it always helped her stay devoted to music and make it large in life. Once she realized that she has to be a singer, she wowed to become a music professional in future.
She appeared as a child artist in a Bengali television daily, Aolokito Ek Indu, in which she played the character of Indu. Her character was appreciated.
Professional Singing Career
Monali Thakur started off her singing career by singing in school and college competitions and various local functions. However, it was the singing reality TV show, Indian Idol season-2 on Sony Entertainment Channel that gave her the perfect platform to scale up on the popularity chart and showcase her uniqueness as a quality singer. She was placed ninth in the contest. Most of the judges of the show like Sonu Nigam, Farah Khan and Anu Malik liked the way she belted out several numbers.
After she was eliminated from the show, ace music director Anu Malik offered to help her build a singing career and as a result gave her a chance to sing for the movie 'Jaan-E-Man'.
In spite of coming from a musical background, she had to struggle a lot to make a niche for herself in the Indian music industry. Finally, it was music director Pritam Chakraborty who gave her first break in a Hindi film, Race starring Anil Kapoor, Akshay Khanna, Katrina Kaif, Sameera Reddy, Saif Ali Khan, and Bipasha Basu in pivotal roles. The songs were 'Zara Zara Touch Me' and Khwab Deke Jhuthe Muthe'. Both of the songs were chartbusters.
Later on, she sang Jingle and Hai in Badmaash Company and Junoon Remix in New York. The songs were moderately successful.
She also got an IIFA award nomination for best singer category for the song 'Zara Zara Touch Me'.
As far as her personal life is concerned, she is currently dating Meiyang Chang, another Indian Idol finalist.
Monali Thakur - Filmography (Famous Songs)