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DNPUN18807 | 9/15/2009 | Author : Preeti Devnani | WC :396

Monali Thakur has sung songs in every possible Indian language. The budding singer shares her journey in Bollywood and her upcoming plans

In one of her interviews, Katrina Kaif stated that she wants this young girl to be her voice in every songs that she sways to. What could be more flattering for this 23-year-old singer, who made her debut in playback singing in Bollywood with songs like Khwab Dekhe and Zara Zara Touch Me in the movie Race.
“I have been singing since the time I can remember. I have also managed to win singing competitions in both school and college. And then Indian Idol 2 happened, where I finished off in the ninth place,” smiles Monali, who was in town to perform at Poona Club on Saturday for the Lalit Pandit Musical Night.
The girl who loves Pune and often comes down to the city, has songs like Meow from Golmaal Returns for Kareena Kapoor, Khudaya Khair from Billu for Lara Dutta and Yaaron from New York to her credit. Ask her what’s next, and she says, “I have recorded two more songs for Katrina and one song for Sushmita Sen, which is for the soon-to-be -released film Dulha Mil Gaya. On the non-film front, I’ve also recorded remixes for DJ Sumit like Tu Cheez Badi Hai Mast Mast and Gori Hai Kalaiyaan.”
The daughter of senior Bengali singer and actor Shakti Thakur and sister of Mehuli Thakur-Goswami who is also a playback singer in the Bengali film industry has also done some stints in Tollywood. “When I was 13, I received the Best Playback Singer award at Anandalok Awards. Currently, two of my Bangla songs are also topping the charts back in Bengal called Love and Du Jone,” says the bundle of talent, who has also sung in Punjabi and Nepali. And if you think singing is all that she can do, then wait as she goes ahead and surprises us with her acting credentials. “I have been a part of a Bengali film called Krishnakanter Will, directed by National Award winning director Raja Sen. I have also been offered a lot of TV serials, but I actually want to concentrate on acting as well as singing for films.”
Apart from music, Monali enjoys the drive between Mumbai and Pune. “When I come down to this city, my friends and I always hang out at Barista in Camp, and chat over cold coffee. I feel good here with all the young crowd around,” says Monali.

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