Monali Thakur is a popular Indian singer and an actress. She was born in a Bengali family in Kolkata on 3rd November 1985. Her’s is a family with a great musical background. Monali’s father Shakti Thakur is a Bengali singer. Her sister Mehul Thakur too lends her voice as a playback singer.
Monali Thakur herself is well versed in Hindustani classical music. She was trained under Pandit Jagdish Prasad and Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty. Apart from singing, Monali has an immense interest in dancing too. In fact, she is a trained hip-hop and Bharatanatyam dancer. She knows Salsa too.
Monali Thakur Boyfriend
It is been rumored that Monali Thakur has finally found love and is enjoying her share of romance in the form of a man named Maik Richter. Maik Richter is a businessman who is from Europe. She previously had an affair with Meiyang Chang, who is a popular Indian actor, host and a singer. Meiyang Chang shot to fame through the famous reality show Indian Idol. He came fifth in the Indian Idol show, third season.
After dating for a while, Monali and Meiyang went separate ways. It is believed that they both are still in good terms and remain friends. When the relationship between the two ended, Meiyang was quoted as saying, “I am single and have no plans of marrying in the near future. Sometimes, it happens that both are not compatible, and hence, they drift apart. We continue to be friends and even party together, which proves that there are no hard feelings. Both of us are busy with our own lives.”
About her most recent affair, Monali Thakur herself shared a pic on social media and wrote the following.
“My Man, my Lou!!! That’s Maik, my dear friends! @maaaik_richter #monalithakur #monali #love #hearts #inlove #happiness #happiestplaceonearth”.
This was then followed by another picture of them both which was captioned as follows. “Gooood morning people!! Tripping on happiness at the moment! Hope you guys are good n happy too! m#monalithakur #monali #inlove #monamaik #love #happiness #lucky #bestfriend #boyfriend #madness #craziness”
The hashtags themselves tell the whole story. Don’t they?
In an interview with The Times of India, Monali shared her love story and said, “I booked our accommodation online and Maik was the host. Though his boarding facility was booked, he was sweet enough to host me and my friends at his home. He gave us the bedrooms and slept on the couch! That was a really sweet gesture and we continued to keep in touch.”
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Career And Awards of Monali
Monali started performing during her school and college days itself. The first time she ever received an award was for singing. She got an award of Best Playback Singer for her song in the serial Sri Ramakrishna. She was awarded at the Anandalok Awards and was only 14 at that time.
Later she became a household name in India after being placed ninth in the second edition of the Indian Idol, a musical reality show. After a bit of struggle, she finally got a chance to sing two songs in a Bollywood movie. The songs were “Khwab Dekhe” (Sexy Lady) and “Zara Zara Touch Me” from the movie Race in the year 2008. The music director for these songs was Pritam Chakraborty.
The songs, especially “Zara Zara Touch Me” became very popular and the movie itself went on to become a commercial success. Monali Thakur even got 2 nominations for the same song, one for the IIFA Award for Best Female Playback and another for Apsara Award for Best Female Playback Singer.
But Monali Thakur had to wait for a few more years to win an award for playback singing. She won her first ever Filmfare Award in the year 2014, for Best Female Playback Singer for the song “Sawaar Loon”. This song was from the film Lootera.
Monali once again received the National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer in the year 2016. The song was “Moh Moh Ke Dhaage” from the film Dum Laga Ke Haisha. The same song was also nominated at the Filmfare awards in the Best Female Playback Singer category.
She has also judged many shows on the television. Some of them are
- Bengali Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Li’l Champs
- Bengali show Key Hobe Biggest Fan
She was also a part of the Indian television program Coke Studio. Monali Thakur has acted in many other movies and TV shows as well. The complete list of films and TV shows can be found below.