Monali Thakur 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 and the Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer for the song “Sawaar Loon” from the film  Lootera. 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.

Birth Name

Monali Thakur

Nickname

Jeanie

Profession

Singer, Actress

Genre

Filmi, Hindustani Classical

Instruments

Vocals

Labels

T-Series, Tips Music, YRF Music

Nationality

Indian

Personal Life

Birthday / Date of Birth

Monali Thakur was born on 3 November 1985, in Kolkata, West Bengal, India.

Age

She’s currently 33 years old.

Residence

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Sun Sign

Scorpio

Ethnicity

Asian (Indian)

She has Bengali ancestry.

Religion

Hindu

Education

Monali Thakur went to the Future Foundation School in Kolkata. After the completion of her school education, she got enrolled at the St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata. She graduated from the college with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Honors. She took classical Hindustani music training from Pandit Jagdish Prasad and Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty.

Family Details

  • Father – Shakti Thakur (Bengali Actor and Singer)
  • Mother – Unknown
  • Siblings – Mehuli Thakur Goswami (Older Sister) (Singer)

Marital Status

Single

Boyfriend / Spouse

Monali dated –

  • Meiyang Chang – Monali Thakur dated singer-actor Meiyang Chang who she first met on the sets of Indian Idol 2. They parted their ways after few years of dating and they are still on good terms.

Physical Statistics

Height

  • In feet – 5 feet 1 inches
  • In centimeters – 155 cm
  • In meters – 1.55 m

Weight

  • In Kilograms – 48 kg
  • In Pounds – 105 lbs
Body Measurements
  • Measurements – 33-26-32
  • Bust – 33 inches
  • Waist – 26 inches
  • Hip – 32 inches
  • Bra Size – 32C

Body Build

Slim

Eye Color

Brown

Hair Color

Brown

Shoe Size

She wears a size 6 (US) shoe.

Dress Size

Her dress size is 6 (US).

Sexuality

Straight

Professional Statistics

Famous For

Having served as a judge on Bengali music TV show, Bengali Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Li’l Champs, for 2 seasons. Her singles for popular movies such as Race, Golmaal Returns, Gunday and Badrinath Ki Dulhania.

Singing Debut

Monali has lent her voice to a number of hit Bollywood singles such as Zara Zara Touch Me, Khwaab Dekhe, Sawaar Loon and Moh Moh Ke Dhaage.

Film Debut

Monali Thakur landed her first role in the Bengali film Krishnakanter Will for her role as Bhromor. In 2014, she debuted in Bollywood with Nagesh Kukunoor’s Lakshmi, in which she played the role of Lakshmi. The film dealt with human trafficking and child prostitution and Monali portrayed as a 15 year old girl who gets trapped in it.

Television Debut

As a child, she appeared in Bengali TV soap Aalokito ek Indu. In 2005, she participated in the second season of reality show Indian Idol and finished ninth.She also appeared as judge in the Bengali music reality show Bengali Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Li’l Champs. She is currently an “expert” on Colors TV’s Rising Star.

Brand Endorsements

Monali Thakur has appeared in a TV commercial for the skincare brand, Pond’s.

Awards & Nominations

YearCategorySong & FilmResult
National Film Awards
2015Best Female Playback Singer“Moh Moh Ke Dhaage” (Dum Laga Ke Haisha)Won
Filmfare Awards
2014Best Female Playback Singer“Sawar Loon” (Lootera)Won
2016Best Female Playback Singer“Moh Moh Ke Dhaage” (Dum Laga Ke Haisha)Nominated
2018Best Female Playback Singer“Khol De Baahein” (Meri Pyaari Bindu)Nominated
Screen Awards
2014Best Female Playback Singer“Sawar Loon” (Lootera)Nominated
2016Best Female Playback Singer“Moh Moh Ke Dhaage” (Dum Laga Ke Haisha)Won
International Indian Film Academy Awards
2009Best Female Playback Singer“Zara Zara Touch Me” (Race)Nominated
2014Best Female Playback Singer“Sawar Loon” (Lootera)Nominated
2016Best Female Playback Singer“Moh Moh Ke Dhaage” (Dum Laga Ke Haisha)Won
Zee Cine Awards
2014Best Playback Singer – Female“Sawar Loon” (Lootera)Nominated
2016Best Female Playback Singer“Moh Moh Ke Dhaage” (Dum Laga Ke Haisha)Nominated
Times of India Film Awards
2016Best Playback Singer – Female“Moh Moh Ke Dhaage” (Dum Laga Ke Haisha)Nominated
Global Indian Music Academy Awards
2014Best Female Playback Singer“Sawar Loon” (Lootera)Nominated
2016Best Female Playback Singer“Moh Moh Ke Dhaage” (Dum Laga Ke Haisha)Nominated
Mirchi Music Awards
2011Upcoming Female Vocalist“Aga bai”(Aiyaa)Nominated
2013Best Playback Singer -Female“Sawar Loon” (Lootera)Nominated
2015Best Playback Singer – Female“Moh Moh Ke Dhaage” (Dum Laga Ke Haisha)Nominated
2017Best Playback Singer – Female“Badri Ki Dulhania” (Badrinath Ki Dulhania)Nominated
Star Guild Awards
2009Best Female Playback Singer“Zara Zara Touch Me” (Race)Nominated
2014Best Playback Singer – Female“Sawar Loon” (Lootera)Nominated
2016Best Female Playback Singer“Moh Moh Ke Dhaage” (Dum Laga Ke Haisha)Won
Lions Gold Awards
2015Best Debut ActressLakshmiWon
BIG Star Entertainment Awards
2013Best Entertaining Singer Female“Sawar loon” (Lootera)Nominated
Stardust Awards
2016Best Female Playback Singer“Moh Moh Ke Dhaage” (Dum Laga Ke Haisha)Nominated
FOI Online Awards India
2015Best Female Playback Singer“Moh Moh Ke Dhaage”(Dum Laga Ke Haisha)Nominated
2016Best Female Playback Singer“Cham Cham” (Baaghi)Nominated
2017Best Female Playback Singer“Khol De Baahein” (Meri Pyaari Bindu)Nominated
RMIM Puraskaar
2013Best Sung Song (solo)“Sawar Loon”Nominated
Satish Kalra Sammaan(Along with the musical team of Lootera)Won
2015Song of the year“Moh Moh Ke Dhaage”Won
Best Sung Song (solo)Won
2017Best Sung Song (solo)“Khol De Baahein”Nominated
Sony Mix Audience Music Awards
2018Best Female Playback Singer“Khol De Baahein” (Meri Pyaari Bindu)Nominated

Monali Thakur Favorites

Hobbies – Travelling, Playing with Dogs

Monali Thakur Net worth

Monali estimated net worth is around $5 million dollars as of 2019. Monali is the highest paid Indian singer who charges approximately RS 8-10 Lakh per song.

Social Media Profiles

Some Lesser Known Facts About Monali Thakur

  • Monali Thakur received Hindustani classical music from Pandit Jagdish Prasad and Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty.
  • She also got trained in different dance forms like Hip-Hop, Bharatanatyam and Salsa dancer.
  • In 2015, Monali did a short film “Jangle Bells”.
  • The song “Zara Zara Touch Me” from “Race” (2008) gained her much needed fame and recognition, which became the fourth-most-played song on Indian radio during the first half of 2008. The song was so successful that earned nominated at IIFA Award for Best Female Playback and Apsara Award for Best Female Playback Singer.
  • In 2014,Thakur won the Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer for the song “Sawaar Loon” from the film Lootera.
  • In 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.
  • She belongs to a musical family, her father & sister are also professional singers.
  • She did her first recording for a song at the of 6.
  • She got trained in Hindustani classical music from Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty and Late Pandit Jagdish Prasad.
  • She has also trained in Bharatanatyam, hip-hop & salsa dance forms.
  • She has acted in the Bengali TV serial “Alokito Ek Indu” as a child actor.
  • Her elder sister, Mehuli is her favourite singer.
  • She is very scared of competitions.
  • She participated in “Indian Idol 2” in 2005 and stood at 9th position.
  • After 2005, she struggled to get work in Mumbai but didn’t get any work so she left to Kolkata (her home). She came back to Mumbai in 2008 when she got a chance to sing 2 songs- “Zara Zara Touch Me” & “Khwaab Dekhe (Sexy Lady)” in the film “Race.”
  • She judged Bengali Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Li’l Champs for 2 years.
  • She did a cameo in the film “PK” (2014), played the role of a Kashmiri Muslim girl.
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