Monali Thakur: There are fewer opportunities for female singers in Bollywood | Memsaab.com

The music industry in India is male-driven and leaves female singers with less opportunities, says the National Award-winning playback singer Monali Thakur.

Monali will be performing during an on-air show ‘Aap Jahaan, Concert Wahaan‘, hosted by Radio City on Friday here.

Monali will be performing during an on-air show ‘Aap Jahaan, Concert Wahaan‘, hosted by Radio City on Friday here.
In This Image: Monali Thakur
The songstress, who made her way in the industry with reality television show Indian Idol and then paved her way through much struggle, told IANS over phone from Mumbai, “There are fewer opportunities for female singers in Bollywood. Out of a thousand songs created, only 10 songs would be female solo maybe.”
 

On the pay gap, the Sawaar loon and Badri ki dulhania singer said, “Leave that aside completely, where are the opportunities?”

On the pay gap, the Sawaar loon and Badri ki dulhania singer said, “Leave that aside completely, where are the opportunities?”
In This Image: Monali Thakur
Monali won the National Award for Best Female Playback Singer for her rendition of Moh moh ke dhaage from Dum Laga Ke Haisha in the year 2016. She says the award gave a boost to her identity in the industry.

“Earlier, only my songs were heard and celebrated, but after winning the award, public recognition towards me doubled. I believe that was a huge milestone in my career,” said Monali.

“Earlier, only my songs were heard and celebrated, but after winning the award, public recognition towards me doubled. I believe that was a huge milestone in my career,” said Monali.
In This Image: Monali Thakur
Born in a Bengali musical family in Kolkata, Monali has grown up while learning the nuances of singing. She participated in the second season of Indian Idol in 2005, and even though she didn’t win, she was noticed.

Monali feels struggle is a never-ending process and so she is still struggling to reach great heights.

Monali feels struggle is a never-ending process and so she is still struggling to reach great heights.
In This Image: Monali Thakur
Recalling her struggling days, she said, “I have struggled a lot. Till now, my journey in Bollywood is no less than a roller-coaster ride, but I am happy the struggle came and taught me how to take care of good times. Struggle is very much important as it will teach you the value of success and fame.”
 

Monali also has a piece of advice for upcoming singers.

Monali also has a piece of advice for upcoming singers.
In This Image: Monali Thakur
Remain honest to your work and do not disrespect the art of music ever. The industry is so messed up that newcomers should be wise enough to decide what is good and what is bad for them,” said the Zara zara touch me fame singer.

Having performing in MTV Unplugged, Monali says unplugged versions of songs are beautiful.

Having performing in MTV Unplugged, Monali says unplugged versions of songs are beautiful.
In This Image: Monali Thakur
Having performing in MTV Unplugged, Monali says unplugged versions of songs are beautiful.

As for her upcoming projects, Monali has lent her voice to songs in movies Gold and Fanney Khan, and she is all ready to come up with her new single in August.

As for her upcoming projects, Monali has lent her voice to songs in movies Gold and Fanney Khan, and she is all ready to come up with her new single in August.
In This Image: Monali Thakur
Excited about her her Gig City on-air performance, she said, “My audience won’t be visible to me during my first radio concert, but I know my audience will listen to me for sure.”