Monali Thakur (born 3 November 1985) is an Indian singer and actress. She is the recipient of several awards including a National Film Award for the song "Moh Moh Ke Dhaage" from the film Dum Laga Ke Haisha (2015) and a Filmfare Award for the song "Sawaar Loon" from the Film "Lootera" (2013). She was a judge of Zee TV's singing reality show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L'il Champs 2014. She was also an "expert" on Colors TV's Rising Star for two consecutive seasons.[1]

Monali Thakur
Thakur at the Kelvinator Stree Shakti Women Awards 2014
Born (1985-11-03) 3 November 1985 (age 38)
Calcutta (now Kolkata), West Bengal, India
Alma materThe Future Foundation School, St. Xavier's College, Kolkata
Occupations
  • Playback Singer
  • actress
Spouse
Maik Richter
(m. 2017)
Parent
Musical career
OriginIndia
Genres
Years active2006–present
Labels

Early life

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Thakur was born on 3 November 1985 in a Bengali Brahmin musical family in Calcutta (now Kolkata).[2][3] Her father Shakti Thakur was a professional singer and actor in Bengali film industry and her sister Mehuli Thakur is a playback singer in Bengal.[4] She has learnt hip-hop and Bharatanatyam and is also a trained salsa dancer.[5][6]

An alumnus of The Future Foundation School and St. Xavier's College, Kolkata,[7] Thakur started singing in school and college competitions and performing at local functions.[8]

Career

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In 1999, she sang the first song of her career in the film Chena Chena under the musical direction of Anupam Dutta and penned by Pulak Bandyopadhyay. It was a Bengali children song titled "Choi Choi Choi Tipi Tipi". The same year, she recorded the title track of Bengali serial Shri Ramkrishna. She received the Best Playback Singer Award at Anandalok Awards for it when she was 14.[9] She rose to popularity after placing ninth in Indian Idol 2.[10]

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".[10] ". Monali's first large format live concert was at Powai Sarvajanin Durgotsav in 2011.[citation needed]

Early years (2000-2012)

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Monali started her career in 2000 with the song 'Sundar Kato Sundar' from the Bengali movie Sajoni Aamar Sohag, sung along with Kavita Krishnamurti, Goutam Ghose and Pratik Choudhary. In 2005, she participated in the singing reality show Indian Idol, She was eliminated very early and stood at 9th position. About her experience with Indian Idol, which ran for up to six months, Thakur said that she was mostly nervous the entire time. "I would get severe anxiety attacks while singing on stage and I wish I had more fun at the time". However, she opened up about the impact of participating in and winning these shows: "You win good money and it gives you face value but you can only capitalise it for no more than a couple of months. The real war starts afterwards once you start working bit by bit".[11]

Post-Indian Idol, Thakur made her singing debut with the song "Kabool Kar Le" in the 2006 film Jaan-E-Mann, composed by Anu Malik; who was also one of the judges in Indian Idol. In 2008, Thakur rose to prominence with the songs "Zara Zara Touch Me" and "Khwab Dekhe (Sexy Lady)" in the film Race, composed by Pritam. Thakur considers the former of the songs to be her first real breakthrough. 'Zara Zara Touch Me' was originally the only song that Thakur was scheduled for, but her first recording impressed the film's directors Abbas–Mustan enough for them to book her a second song. According to her: "Ramesh ji and Kumar ji [the producers of Race] had signed me up for an album for Tips at a time independent albums had become extinct, but they liked my voice, and Pritam got me to sing for a scratch recording. Abbas-Mustan [the directors] liked it, and that is how I got the other song, Khwab Dekhe, too".[4][11] "Zara Zara Touch Me" was enormously successful, becoming the fourth-most-played song on Indian radio during the first half of 2008.[12] Joginder Tuteja of Bollywood Hungama picked it along with "Pehli Nazar Mein" as the biggest hits of the album and praised the song calling it "fresh, naughty and seductive".[13] "Zara Zara Touch Me" became one of the year's biggest chartbusters.[11] 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". That year, she collaborated with Pritam once again for the song "Meow", sung along with Suzanne D'Mello for the film Golmaal Returns. Also, she performed the title track of Ekhane Aakash Neel, which is an official Bengali remake of the Hindi series Sanjivani, which aired on StarPlus. In 2009, her first song was "Khudaya Khair" from Billu, which she sang along with Soham Chakrabarty. The song received mixed reviews from critics but Thakur was praised for her vocals.[14] Her other songs that year included "Do Dil Hai Janwa", "Hai Junoon (Remix)" and some Bengali tracks like 2 songs, 'Prithibi Onek Boro' and 'Kalke Jilam Jajaber' in Love and 3 songs in Dujone.

In 2010, she sang the song "Dilrubaon Ke Jalwe" in the film Dulha Mil Gaya with Amit Kumar. Shot on Shah Rukh Khan and Sushmita Sen, the song met with positive reviews where Bollywood Hungama praised her diverse vocals in comparison to her previous songs.[15] Next, she sang a solo track 'Ishq Mein' in Prince. The song was praised where critics called it upbeat and her vocals seductive.[16] That year, she also sang 'Anjaana Anjaani Ki Kahani' from Anjaana Anjaani, composed by Vishal–Shekhar along with the whole album received huge critical acclaim.[17][18] Her Bengali songs that year included releases such as 'It's Only Pyaar', 'O Yaara Ve', 'Bol Na Aar' from Dui Prithibi, 3 Tracks in Kellafate, and more.

In 2011, she sang songs like 'Naina', 'Ayo Manaye Jashn', 'Tik Tuk' from Rascals, 'Give it up' from United Six, 'Haal-e-dil' from Bbuddah... Hoga Terra Baap composed by Vishal–Shekhar, co-sung with Amitabh Bachchan. She also lend her voice to 3 songs, 'Ke Se', 'O Shona Eshona' and 'Mon Banjara' to 2011 Bengali film Fighter.

In 2012, she sang 'Tu Mohabbat Hai' from Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya with Atif Aslam, composed by Sachin–Jigar, the song received critical acclaim.[19] Apart from other songs that year, she sang 'Aga Bai' along with Shalmali Kholgade from the movie Aiyyaa. The song composed by Amit Trivedi was a hit and had favourable reviews where Filmfare called it a 'Fast-paced Disco Number'.[20] About the song she said: "I was feeling incomplete at the time as I had so much to offer, So, I would complain to Amit [Trivedi], saying what was the point of doing riyaaz [practice] for 10-12 hours if I cannot use it. Then, he asked me to sing a thumri in Aga Bai, parts of which had already been sung by Shalmali Kholgade".[11] Among others, She also Sang a Bengali Track 'Shadow Tales' in the film Aparajita Tumi. Composed by Shantanu Moitra, the song was appreciated by critics.[21]

"Sawaar Loon" and Bollywood film debut as an actress (2013-2014)

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In 2013, Thakur sang "Sawaar Loon", composed by Amit Trivedi from the film Lootera. The song met with highly positive reviews, Filmfare wrote, "Monali Thakur instills sugar in our ears, the '50s orchestration, coupled with the perfect pitch of the singer manages to take you back to a bygone era",[22] while Mohar Basu of Koimoi wrote, "A romantic ballad out of the 50s, the song sung by Monali Thakur is astonishingly wonderful. Thakur's heart melting voice is gripping and Amit Trivedi's tunes and Amitabh Bhattacharya's heart wrenching lyrics skillfully weaves a wonderful tapestry of music that we can call sheer finesse. The playful drift of Thakur's voice, is abundant in naivety making the song soulfully innocent".[23] The song won her first Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer.[24][25]

Her next releases that year were 'Hip Hop Pammi' from Ramaiya Vastavaiya sung with Mika Singh, 'Muh Meetha Kara De' from Rabba Main Kya Karoon, 'Laila' from Nasha. Also, she sang the title track of I Don't Luv U along with Neuman Pinto, the singer's voice was praised, though the song was not.[26] 'Raghupati Raghav' from Krrish 3 was her next release, co-sung with Neeraj Shridhar and composed by Rajesh Roshan, the song received praise where singers were applauded for their energetic vocals.[27] Her The following releases that year were 2 tracks from the movie I, Me Aur Main, 'Darbadar' in which she collaborated again with Sachin–Jigar and 'Meri Jaaniye' performed alongside Shaan. while the former, a classical touch song, the latter is a romantic number with a western touch. Both of them were well appreciated by critics where, Suparna Thombare of 'Bollywood Life' stated about 'Darbadar' that "The ektara, clap sounds and Monali Thakur's silken voice lead you into this Sufi number that slowly zooms into a high energy song. Monali gets the chance to sing a semi-classical number for the first time and she truly shines,[28] Joginder Tuteja of Bollywood Hungama stated about 'Meri Jaaniye' "It is good to see Monali wear a different hat for this one and step into a Western avtar".[29] She performed a female solo 'Laila' in Nasha, composed by musical duo Sangeet-Siddharth, the song was well received and called a sweet one.[30] That year also, she sang some Bengali tracks.

In 2014, Thakur made her film debut with Lakshmi dealing with the harsh realities of human trafficking and child prostitution, which continues behind closed curtains in rural areas of India. Directed by Nagesh Kukunoor, the film did not perform well and received mixed reviews by critics but Thakur's performance was praised.[31] She won Best Actress Award at the South-Asian International Film Festival in Washington DC, making her the first Bollywood singer to have won.[32] That year, She also Collaborated with Bappi Lahiri for the Bangla version of the song 'Tune Mari Entriyan' from the film Gunday. The song was a chartbuster in both Hindi and Bangla. Mitesh Saraf of 'Plannet Bollywood' appreciated the song "Bappi Lahiri and Monali Thakur takes centre stage and both does really well in maintaining the entertainment quotient"[33] while, Rediff.com stated "Monali Thakur goes all out to make the best use of the platform provided to her. A chartbuster all the way".[34] She provided English Vocals in the song 'Love Me Thoda Aur' sung by Arijit Singh for the film Yaariyan. During the year, She voiced for some other songs, 'Sweety' from Bobby Jasoos performed alongside Aishwarya Nigam and composed by Shantanu Moitra, the song received mixed reviews,[35][36] the Title Track of Karle Pyaar Karle co-sung with Benny Dayal, the reviews for the songs were fair.[37]

She was a judge in the Bengali music reality show Bengali Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Li'l Champs for two years.[5][38] She also appeared in the Bengali show Key Hobe Biggest Fan[38] and was part of Coke Studio.[39]

'Moh Moh Ke Dhaage' and further hits (2015-present)

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She began the new year with a song 'Turram Khan' in Hawaizaada, co-sung by Papon and Ayushmann Khurrana. 'Karthik' of Milliblog stated, "superbly led by Papon, till Ayushmann Khurrana and Monali Thakur interject later in the song with a lively melodic distraction".[40] After it, she sang 3 Bengali songs of which 2, 'Ure Geche' and 'Tumi Aashe Paashe' composed by Indraadip Dasgupta from the film Parbona Ami Chartey Tokey, 1 song 'Kono Ek Nilchee Pari' from Black.

This year turned out to be again very successful for her when she sang a semi-classical melody, 'Moh Moh Ke Dhaage', from the film Dum Laga Ke Haisha starring Ayushmann Khurrana, Bhumi Pednekar and Composed by Anu Malik. A separate male version of the song is sung by Papon. According to her, "It doesn’t happen often that in the world of EDMs and Hiphop Bollywood numbers one gets a chance to sing evergreen rich Indian melody, hence I can’t thank Anu Ji enough to trust me as a singer with this beautiful song "Moh Moh Ke Dhaage" , thus keeping a promise he made years back to me in a reality show where I was just a contestant".[41] The Song became a Chartbuster and was Highly appreciated by Audience as well as Critics.[41] Prateek Sur of 'Bollywood Life' commented, "Monali impresses with her melodic vocals".[42] The song won her several awards including National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer at the 63rd National Film Awards,[43][44] IIFA Award for Best Female Playback Singer at 17th IIFA Awards.[45][46] Also, she was nominated for Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer for the same. The composer Anu Malik as well as lyricist of the song Varun Grover won several awards. Varun won National Film Award for Best Lyrics for it.[47] As of 2021, the lyrical video of the song has garnered more than 130 Million views on YouTube. On winning prestigious National Award, Thakur says, "This gives a lot of happiness when you know that you have won an award or for that matter that you have been nominated for your work. I realised the actual gravity of this award when I saw the reactions of family and friends".[43]

In 2018, Thakur appeared in the Zee5 show Lockdown along with Mickey Singh which was produced by Badshah's production house Afterhours. They recreated two tracks, "Jiya Jale" and "Gur Nalon Ishq Meetha".[48][49] Apart from these Monali has also sung several super-hits like "Cham Cham" song from 2016 film Baaghi, which has garnered more than 1 Billion views on YouTube as of January 2022 and The Title Track of 2018 film "Badrinath Ki Dulhania", which she sang along with Neha Kakkar, Dev Negi and Ikka Singh, has been watched more than 800 Million times on Youtube as of January 2022. Thakur has also released her singles, "Tamanna" (2018), "Shy Mora Saiyaan" (2018), "O Re Naseeba" (2019), "Pani Pani Re" (2019), "Dugga Elo" (2019) and her latest Single is "Dil Ka Fitoor" (2020). In 2020 Thakur has sung 2 more singles: "Aaina" along with Ranajoy Bhattacharjee and "Elo Maa Dugga Thakur" along with Sonu Nigam.

Acting career

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As a child, she appeared in a Bengali television show, Aalokito ek Indu, in which she played the lead role Indubala.[50] It was followed by two telefilms,[50] including Sudeshna Roy's Phagune Agun, in which she was seen as Ruman.[9][51] She made her acting debut in Raja Sen's Bengali film Krishnakanter Will,[52] in which she played Bhromor.[53] In 2014, she made her Bollywood debut in Nagesh Kukunoor's Lakshmi.[54] The film is about human trafficking and child prostitution and Thakur plays a 15-year-old girl who gets trapped in it.[55] She was seen in a guest appearance as a Kashmiri Girl in 2014 film PK. Thakur has also a played a cameo role in film Secret Superstar released in 2017. She will be seen in Abbas Tyrewala's multistarrer Mango.[56] She also acted in a short film titled Jangle Bells along with Namit Das. The film came out on Christmas of 2015.[57]

Personal life

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Thakur married Maik Richter, a restaurateur based in Switzerland, in 2017.[58] She met Richter during a backpacking trip to Switzerland – he was her Airbnb host. Thakur made the marriage public only in June 2020 after releasing her single "Dil Ka Fitoor", which features her along with Maik.[59]

Discography

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Monali Thakur discography
Hindi songs70
Non-film songs26
Non-Hindi film songs50
Total146

Hindi Film Songs

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Year Film Song Music Lyrics Co-singer(s) Note
2006 Jaan-E-Mann "Kubool Kar Le" Anu Malik Gulzar Udit Narayan, Rahul Vaidya, Amit Sana, Prajakta Shukre, Suzanne D'Mello Debut
2008 Dil Kabaddi "Goodnight" Sachin Gupta Virag Mishra Poroma Banerji, Jaspreet Singh
Race "Zara Zara Touch Me" Pritam Sameer Earl Edgar, Pritam
"Zara Zara Touch Me" (Asian RnB Remix)
"Zara Zara Touch Me" (Remix)
"Khwaab Dekhe (Sexy Lady)" Pritam, Neeraj Shridhar,
Golmaal Returns "Meow" Suzanne D'Mello
2009 New York "Hai Junoon" (Remix) Sandeep Shrivastava KK
Billu "Khudaya Khair" Gulzar Soham Chakraborty, Akriti Kakar
Bolo Raam "Do Dil Hain Janwa" Sachin Gupta Ajay Jhingran Soham Chakrabarty
2010 Dulha Mil Gaya "Dilrubaon Ke Jalwe" Lalit Pandit Kumaar Amit Kumar
Prince "Ishq Mein" Sandeep Shirodkar Sameer
Badmaash Company "Jingle Jingle" Pritam Anvita Dutt Guptan Mohit Chauhan, Master Saleem
Golmaal 3 "Golmaal" Kumaar K.K., Anushka Manchanda
"Golmaal (Remix)"
Anjaana Anjaani "Anjaana Anjaani Ki Kahani" Vishal–Shekhar Neelesh Misra Nikhil D'Souza
2011 Kucch Luv Jaisaa "Naina" Pritam Irshad Kamil Mohit Chauhan
Tum Hi To Ho "Aao Manaye Jashn" Anand–Milind Ravi Chopra Rahul Seth
Rascals "Tik Tuk" Vishal–Shekhar Irshad Kamil Daler Mehndi, Vishal Dadlani
Hostel "Rishta Banao" Virag Mishra Raaj
Bbuddah... Hoga Terra Baap "Haal-E-Dil Vishal–Shekhar Swanand Kirkire, Anvita Dutt Guptan Amitabh Bachchan
United Six "Give It Up" Pritam Ashish Pandit Suzanne D'Mello
2012 Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya "Tu Mohabbat Hai" Sachin–Jigar Priya Panchal Atif Aslam, Priya Saraiya
From Sydney with Love "Ho Jaayega" Sohail Sen Anvita Dutt Guptan Mohit Chauhan
"Ho Jaayega" (Remix)
Mr. Bhatti on Chutti Channi Singh
Aiyyaa "Aga Bai" Amit Trivedi Amitabh Bhattacharya Shalmali Kholgade
Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal "Dariya Ho" Sajid–Wajid Jalees Sherwani Shadaab Faridi
Jo Hum Chahein "Peepni" Sachin Gupta Kumaar Jaspreet Singh
Qasam Se Qasam Se "Mumkin Nahi" Sayanthi–Shailendra Mouazzam Azam Kunal Ganjawala
Will You Marry Me? "Tu Ru Tu Ru Tu" Sachin Gupta
2013 Inkaar "Inkaar" (Theme) Shantanu Moitra Swanand Kirkire
Madras Cafe "Conspiracy"
Anwar Ka Ajab Kissa "Muskurah" Alokananda Dasgupta Rajeshwari Dasgupta Ghose
I, Me Aur Main "Darbadar" Sachin–Jigar Mayur Puri
"Meri Jaaniye" Gourov Dasgupta Manthan Shaan
Hum Hai Raahi Car Ke "Nachlay Nachlay" Sangeet-Siddharth Sreekant Agneeaswaran
Ramaiya Vastavaiya "Hip Hop Pammi" Sachin–Jigar Priya Saraiya Mika Singh
Lootera "Sawar Loon" Amit Trivedi Amitabh Bhattacharya
Rabba Main Kya Karoon "Muh Meetha Kara De" Salim–Sulaiman Benny Dayal
I Don't Luv U "I Don't Luv U" Aman Benson & Amit Kasaria Pallavi Mishra Neuman Pinto
Nasha "Laila" Sangeet-Siddharth Radhika Anand
Krrish 3 "Raghupati Raghav" Rajesh Roshan Sameer Neeraj Shridhar, Bob
2014 Gunday "Tune Maari Entriyaan" (Bangla Version) Sohail Sen Bappi Lahiri, Gautam Susmit Bappi Lahiri
Yaariyan "Love Me Thoda Aur" Pritam Irshad Kamil Arijit Singh, Nikhil D'Souza
Bobby Jasoos "Sweety" Shantanu Moitra Swanand Kirkire Aishwarya Nigam
Lakshmi "Aa Ghar Chalein Hum" Tapas Relia Manoj Yadav
Karle Pyaar Karle "Karle Pyaar Karle" Meet Bros Anjjan Kumaar Benny Dayal, Palak Muchhal
2015 Hawaizaada "Turram Khan" Rochak Kohli Vibhu Puri Papon, Ayushmann Khurrana
Dum Laga Ke Haisha "Moh Moh Ke Dhaage" Anu Malik Varun Grover
Ek Paheli Leela "Dhol Baaje" Meet Bros Anjjan Kumaar Meet Bros Anjjan
2016 Saala Khadoos "Dil Ye Ladaku" Santhosh Narayanan Swanand Kirkire
Baaghi "Cham Cham" Meet Bros Kumaar Meet Bros
Yea Toh Two Much Ho Gayaa "Chappan Taal" Abhishekh Majumder Jairaj Selvan, Vishal V. Patil Nakash Aziz
Dhanak "Dhanak" (Title song) Tapas Relia Ali Mir Hussain
Awesome Mausam "Laila Majnu" Javed Ali Yogesh Bhardwaj Javed Ali
Mumbai 125 KM "Saazish" Mani Sharma Kumaar
2017 Badrinath Ki Dulhania "Badri Ki Dulhania" Tanishk Bagchi Dev Negi, Neha Kakkar, Ikka
Meri Pyaari Bindu "Khol De Baahein" Sachin–Jigar Shabbir Ahmed
Monsoon Shootout "Miliyo Re" Rochak Kohli Deepak Ramola Rochak Kohli
Indu Sarkar "Yeh Awaaz Hai" Anu Malik Puneet Sharma
2018 Phir Se... "Yeh Dil Jo Hai Badmaash Hai" Jeet Gannguli Rashmi Virag Mohit Chauhan, Shreya Ghoshal
October "Chal" Shantanu Moitra Swanand Kirkire
Fanney Khan "Tere Jaisa Tu Hai" Amit Trivedi Irshad Kamil
"Fu Bai Fu"
Gold "Monobina" Tanishk Bagchi Vayu Yasser Desai, Shashaa Tirupati, Farhad Bhiwandiwala
2019 Jabariya Jodi "Zilla Hilela" Shabbir Ahmed, Tanishk Bagchi Dev Negi, Raja Hassan, Pravesh Mallick
Aladdin "Naya Jahan" (A Whole New World) Alan Menken Irshad Kamil Armaan Malik Hindi Dub Version
"Speechless (Part 1)"
"Speechless (Part 2)"
Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas "Ho Jaa Awara" Tanishk Bagchi Siddharth-Garima Ash King
2020 Shakuntala Devi "Jhilmil Piya" Sachin–Jigar Priya Saraiya Benny Dayal Amazon Prime Video film
Coolie No. 1 "Mummy Kasam" Tanishk Bagchi Shabbir Ahmed, Ikka Udit Narayan, Ikka
2022 Chakki "Aankhein Judi" Rahul Ram Varun Grover Papon
Shabaash Mithu "Woh Galliyan" Amit Trivedi Kausar Munir Shashwat Singh
2023 Tiku Weds Sheru "Tera Intezar (Female)" Gaurav Chatterji, Sai Kabir Sai Kabir Amazon Prime Video Film
Satyaprem Ki Katha "Raat Baki" Meet Bros Kumaar Meet Bros, Piyush Mehroliyaa
2024 Maharaj "Sharvari's Special Song" Sohail Sen Kausar Munir Netflix Release

Bengali film songs

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Year Film Song Music Lyrics Co-singer(s) Note
1999 Cheka Achena "Choi Choi Choi Tipi Tipi" Anupam Dutta Pulak Bandyopadhyay Debut
2000 Sajoni Aamar Sohag "Sundar Kato Sundar" Kavita Krishnamurti, Goutam Ghose and Pratik Choudhary
2008 Dujone "Bodhua" Jeet Gannguli Priyo Chatterjee Zubeen Garg
"Kar Chokhe" Gautam Sushmit
"Sonali Rodudure" Shaan
Love "Prithibi Onek Boro" Dibyendu Mukherjee
"Kalke Chilam Jajabar" Saptak Bhattacharjee
2009 Lakshyabhed "Elore Elo Holi Elo" Kalyan Sen Barat Raj Mukherjee Rupankar Bagchi, Kuntal
"Habibi India" Gautam Sushmit Shubhankar Bhaskar, Babul Supriyo, Jiniya Roy
2010 Dui Prithibi "It's Only Pyar" Samidh-Rishi Samidh Mukerjee Kunal Ganjawala
"O Yaara Ve" Jeet Gannguli Prasen (Prasenjit Mukherjee) Kunal Ganjawala, Bonnie Chakraborty, June Banerjee,
"Bol Na Aar" Shaan
Mon Je Kore Uru Uru "My Heart" Chandrani Gannguli Jeet Gannguli
Kellafate "Jibon Jr Mela Re Bhai" Priyo Chattopadhyay
"Lal Gaanda Phool"
"Premer Gale Chuma De" Prasen (Prasenjit Mukherjee) Abhijeet Bhattacharya
Bolo Na Tumi Aamar "Bolo Na Tumi Aamar" Gautam Sushmit Jeet Gannguli
"Hate You" Priyo Chattopadhyay Babul Supriyo
Josh "Keu Mone Mone" Prasen (Prasenjit Mukherjee) Shaan, Pamela Jain
Le Chakka "Shabba Rabba Reeba Ru" Indradip Dasgupta Priyo Chattopadhyay, Prasenjit Mukherjee, Srijato Kunal Ganjawala
2011 Jaani Dyakha Hawbe "Thik Thakish" Indradeep Dasgupta Srijato Anupam Roy
Fighter "Ke Se" Goutam Susmit, Priyo Chatterjee, Prasen Shaan
"Oh Sona Eshona" Kunal Ganjawala
"Mon Banjara"
Romeo "Eta Ki Bhul" Jeet Gannguli Prasen (Prasenjit Mukherjee) Shaan
Faande Poriya Boga Kaande Re "Jani Na" Samidh Mukerjee Kunal Ganjawala
"Akasher Nile" Jeet Gannguli Prasen (Prasenjit Mukherjee) Shaan
Bhorer Alo "Give Me Freedom" Priyo Chattopadhyay
Tomay Bhalobashye "Happy Birthday " Anand–Milind Goutom
2012 Aparajita Tumi "Shadow Tales " Shantanu Moitra Anindya Chatterjee, Chandril Bhattacharya, Neha Rungta Suraj Jagan
Le Halua Le "Darlling Oh My Darling" Jeet Gannguli Raja Chanda Jeet Gannguli
Bapi Bari Ja "Chaap Nish Na" Anindya Chatterjee Shaan
Macho Mastana "Rukega Badal" Samidh Mukerjee Samidh Mukerjee, Gautam Sushmit Samidh Mukerjee
3 Kanya "Golemale Pirit Koro Na" Indradeep Dasgupta Srijato Arijit Singh
100% Love "It's 100% Love" Jeet Gannguli Raja Chanda Jeet Gannguli
2013 Rangbaaz "Oh Madhu" Benny Dayal
"Love You Soniyo" Prosen Zubeen Garg
Loveria "O Shona " Samidh Mukerjee
Boss: Born to Rule "Ichhe Joto Uriye Debo" Jeet Gannguli Chandrani Gannguli Arijit Singh
Hanuman.com "Joto Dur Jabe Chhokh " Indradeep Dasgupta Srijato Anupam Roy
2014 Gunday (Bengali) "Tune Maari Entriyaan" (Bangla Version) Sohail Sen Bappi Lahiri, Gautam Sushmit Bappi Lahiri
Arundhati "He Naropishach" Jeet Gannguli, Koti Chandrani Gannguli
Golpo Holeo Shotti "Ei Bhalo Ei Kharap" Indradeep Dasgupta Prasen Arijit Singh
2015 Parbona Ami Chartey Tokey "Ure Geche" Indradeep Dasgupta Ash King
"Tumi Ashe Paashe" Nakash Aziz
Black "Kono Ek Nilchee Pari" Rajputra Raj Chanda Hridoy Khan
Love in Rajasthan "Love In Rajasthan" Babul Bose Shyamal Sengupta Kunal Ganjawala
2016 Power "Chakum Chukum" Jeet Gannguli Raj Chanda Jeet Gannguli
2017 Jio Pagla "Jio Pagla" (Title Track) Prasenjit Malick Benny Dayal
"Hawai Hawai" Dev Negi
2018 Jole Jongole "Ei Mon" Priyo Chattopadhyay Shaan
Ghare & Baire "Tara Khoshe Pore" Anupam Roy
Ami Neta Hobo "I'm in Love" Ahamed Humaun Sudeep Kumar Deep Shaan
2019 Shahjahan Regency "Bolo Na Radhika" Prasen (Prasenjit Mukherjee) Ritam Sen
2021 Ei Ami Renu "Chup Kore Tui" Rana Mazumdar Ash King
2022 Paka Dekha "Tumi Daak Naam Dile" Jeet Gannguli Srijato Shaan

Film songs in other regional languages

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Year Film Song Music Lyrics Co-Singer(s) Language
2013 Madha Yaanai Koottam "Yaro Yaro" N. R. Raghunanthan Yegathasi Haricharan Tamil
2017 Vardhana "Soojiga Nanava" Methews Manu Santish Venky Kannada
2018 60 Vayadu Maaniram "Naalum Naalum I" Ilaiyaraaja Vivek Tamil
"Naalum Naalum II" Benny Dayal

Non-film songs

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Year Album/Single Song Composer Co-Singer(s) Note
2006 Indian Idol 2 Woh Pehli Bar Antara Mitra, Amey Date, N.C. Karunya, Meenal Jain, Neha Kakkar, Sagar Sawarkar, Sandeep Acharya, Panna Gill, Ravi Tripathi Season 2 theme song
2008 Ekhane Aakash Neel "Ekhane Aakash Neel - Title Track" Jeet Gannguli Bangla Serial
2010 Ek Poloke Ektu Dekha "Ek Poloke Ektu - Title Track" Bangla Serial
2011-12 Star Jalsha Parivaar Awards "Star Jalsha Parivaar Awards - Title Track" Jeet Gannguli, Kunal Ganjawala, Madhuraa Bhattacharya Award Show
2012 Coke Studio Season 2 "Shedding Skin" Karsh Kale Karsh Kale, Shilpa Rao, Shruti Pathak, Apeksha Dandekar MTV
"Dil Cheez" Khayyam
(recreated by Karsh Kale)
MTV; remake of "Dil Cheez Kya Hai" from the film Umrao Jaan, originally performed by Asha Bhosle
2013 Animal Planet India "Ye Mera India Anthem" Lesle Lewis Shaan
2015 Salim–Sulaiman Neeti Mohan, Salim Merchant
Pond's Cream advertisements "Googly Woogly Wooksh" Jeet Gannguli Jeet Gannguli Commercial Ad
2016 "Googly Woogly Wooksh Reloaded" Armaan Malik
Naamkarann "Naamkarann" Title Track Anu Malik Hindi Serial
2017 Sakhya Re "Sakhya Re" Title Track Pankaj Padghan Marathi Serial
Shell #makethefuture campaign "On Top of the World" Jennifer Hudson, Pixie Lott, Luan Santana, Yemi Alade, Monali Thakur Jennifer Hudson, Pixie Lott, Luan Santana, Yemi Alade [60]
PC Chandra Jewellery "P.C Chandra Jewellery Theme Song" Anupam Roy Solo Commercial Ad
2018 Tamanna - Single "Tamanna" Herself YouTube; Producer-Bert Eliot, Written by Amitabh Bhattacharya
Shy Mora Saiyaan - Single "Shy Mora Saiyaan" Meet Bros Piyush Mehroliyaa Mb Music
"Zee5" Lockdown "Jiya Jale" Mickey Singh
"Gur Nalon Ishq Meetha"
2019 O Re Naseeba - Single "O Re Naseeba" Sanjeev-Ajay Eros Now
Star Jalsha "Jalsa 10e 10" Jeet Gannguli
Sufiyana Pyaar Mera "Ishq Sufiyana" Wajid Khan Javed Ali, Shabab Sabri
House of IshQ "Kare Naina" Ishq Bector POP
Pani Pani Re (Rewind Version) - Single "Pani Pani Re (Rewind Version)" Vishal Bharadwaj Sony Music; remake of "Pani Pani Re" from the film Maachis, originally performed by Lata Mangeshkar
Swachh Bharat Anthem "Swachhta Adhikar Hai" Saach Bharat Mission Kailash Kher
Dugga Elo - Single "Dugga Elo" Guddu Zee Music Company
2020 Jana Mana Gana "Jana Gana Mana" (Cover) YouTube, cover of the Indian national anthem
Guzar Jayega "Guzar Jayega" Varun Prabhudayal Gupta Anoop Jalota, Sonu Nigam, Shaan, Shreya Ghoshal, Dr. Jaspinder Narula, Richa Sharma, Hans Raj Hans, Kailash Kher, Javed Ali, Bapul Supriyo, Malini Awasthi, Jeet Ganguly, Jasbir Jassi, Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Shashaa Tirupati, Osman Mir, Shilpa Rao, Jyoti Nooran, Raghu Dixit, Dhvani Bhanushali, Asees Kaur, Shruti Pathak, Akriti Kakar, Anusha Mani, Bhoomi Trivedi, Abhay Jodhpurkar, Nikita Gandhi, Amit Mishra, Sukriti Kakar, Prakriti Kakar, Meghna Mishra, Himani Kapoor, Pratibha Singh Baghel, Sayani Gupta, Akhil Sachdeva, Jazim Sharma, Vipin Aneja, Bhavya Pandit, Devendra Pal Singh, Gayatri Asokan, Kumar Sharma, Priya Mallik, Rahul Mukherjee, Ragini Tandan, Rashmeet Kaur, Romi, Shreya Sharma, Simran Chaudhry, Sumedha Karmahe An Initiative by Indian Artists - Project of Hope
Dil Ka Fitoor - Single "Dil Ka Fitoor" Kaushik-Guddu YouTube
Doublemint Freshtake Season 1 "Aaina" Ranajoy Bhattacharya
Elo Maa Dugga Thakur "Elo Maa Dugga Thakur" Jeet Gannguli Sonu Nigam, Jeet Gannguli
2023 Star Jalsha Parivaar Awards 2023 "Star Jalsha Parivaar Awards 2023 Theme Song" TBA

Filmography

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Film

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Year Film Role Note Ref.
2007 Krishnakanter Will Bhramar Bengali film debut [61]
2014 Lakshmi Lakshmi Hindi film debut [62][63][64]
PK Kashmiri girl Hindi film; cameo [65][66]
2015 Debi Lali Bengali short film [67]
Jangle Bells Mitali Hindi short film [57]
2017 Secret Superstar Herself (cameo) Hindi film [68]
2024 Dukaan Diya

Television

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Year Title Role Notes
2004 Alokito Ek Indu Indubala Bengali serial; lead role[61]
2006 Indian Idol Season 2 Contestant 9th place Sony TV
Phagune Agun Ruman Bengali television film[51]
2009–2011 Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Bangla Judge With Sadhna Sargam, Shantanu Moitra, Babul Supriyo, Kumar Sanu, Haimanti Sukla

Zee Bangla

2010 Ke Hobe Biggest Fan Guest With Anurag Basu

Zee Bangla

2014 Bollywood Business Herself Interview; Zee ETC Bollywood
Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L'il Champs 2014 Judge With Shaan, Alka Yagnik

Zee Tv

Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Bangla Guest With Kumar Sanu, Alka Yagnik, Hariharan

Zee Bangla

2015 Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L'il Champs Grand Finale North America Judge With Ali Zafar

Zee TV USA

2016 Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Sangeet er Sera Mancha Judge With Shantanu Moitra, Shubha Mudgal

Zee Bangla

Comedy Nights Live Guest Colors TV
2017 The Drama Company Guest Sony TV
Rising Star Judge & Expert With Shankar Mahadevan, Diljit Dosanjh

Colors TV

The Stage Guest With Vishal Dadlani, Monica Dogra, Ehsaan Noorani

Colors Infinity

2018 MTV Unplugged Herself MTV 5 Songs
Musically Yours - Exclusive Interview Herself Bollywood Hungama
Entertainment Ki Raat Guest With Shankar Mahadevan

Colors TV

Rising Star India (Season 2) Judge & Expert With Shankar Mahadevan, Diljit Dosanjh

Colors TV

Entertainment Ki Raat (Season 2) Guest with Udit Narayan

Colors TV

Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Sangeet er Sera Mancha Judge With Shantanu Moitra, Srikanto Acharya

Zee Bangla

Comedy Circus Guest Sony TV
2019 Gata Rahe Mera Dil Guest Tez
Amazon Great Festival Live Herself Sony Music

4 Songs (Iktara,Desi Girl, Sajda, Mitwa)

MTV Youth Judge MTV
2023 Super Singer Season 4 Judge Star Jalsa

Awards and nominations

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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[69]
2017 Best Playback Singer – Female "Badri Ki Dulhania" (Badrinath Ki Dulhania) Nominated[70]
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
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
Sony Mix Audience Music Awards
2018 Best Female Playback Singer "Khol De Baahein" (Meri Pyaari Bindu) Nominated

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