Shalmali Kholgade

Shalmali Kholgade (Marathi: शाल्मली खोलगडे) is an Indian playback singer, who predominantly sings for the Hindi language films.[1] In addition to Hindi, she has also sung in other Indian languages such as Marathi, Bengali, Telugu and Tamil. Through her successful career, she has received one Filmfare Award and has established herself as one of the leading playback singers of India.[2]

Kholgade began her Bollywood playback singing career with the song "Pareshaan" for the film Ishaqzaade (2012), which earned her wide success and several awards and nominations, including the Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer. The following year, she garnered a second nomination in the Best Female Playback Singer category at Filmfare for singing the song "Balam Pichkari" from the coming-of-age romance Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013) and received praise for the song "Baby Ko Bass Pasand Hai" from the sports drama Sultan (2016), both of which rank among one of the highest-grossing Bollywood film. She received critical acclaim for her singing style in a series of hit songs, including "Aga Bai" from Aiyyaa (2012), "Daaru Desi" from Cocktail (2012), "Lat Lag Gayee" from Race 2 (2013), "Chingam Chabake" from Gori Tere Pyaar Mein (2013), "Shanivaar Raati" and "Besharmi Ki Height" from Main Tera Hero (2014), "D Se Dance" from Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania (2014), "Mohobbat Buri Bemari" from Bombay Velvet (2015), "Shakira" from Welcome to Karachi (2015), and "Naach Meri Jaan" from ABCD 2 (2015), all of which topped the charts.

Kholgade's first regional song "Raja Raja" from the 2013 Tamil film Naan Rajavaga Pogiren. Her song Oday Oday from the success film "Raja Rani" was a wide success in the Southern part of India, which made her an accomplished singer in the South Indian film Industry. She followed this success with further regional hits, "Kala Koi Geli" for the Bengali film Proloy (2013), "Preminchaa" for the Telugu film Toofan (2013), "Maria" from the Bengali film Herogiri (2015), "Jil Jil Jil" for the Telugu film Jil (2015), "Tu Mila" for the Marathi film Timepass 2 (2015), and "Kangaroo" from the Marathi film Highway (2015). In addition to these, she was also one of the judges of the Sony Entertainment Television's reality show Indian Idol Junior for auditions. Currently, she is one of the judges the Colors Marathi Entertainment Television's reality show Sur Nava Dhyas Nava and is mentoring upcoming new singers.

Shalmali Kholgade
Shalmali Kholgade at TOIFA 2013
Kholgade at the TOIFA Awards in 2013
Born Shalmali Kholgade
January 2, 1990 (age 28)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Occupation Playback singer
Years active 2012–present
Musical career
Genres western, classical, pop, filmi
Instruments Vocals

Music career

Career beginning (2004–2011)

Shalmali began performing at the age of 16 and has had her tutelage in music from the age of 8 years under her mother, Uma Kholgade – an Indian classical singer and theatre personality. She later continued her music education under Shubhada Paradkar and has also recently been accepted by the Los Angeles College of Music for their April semester but decided not to attend, due to her recording commitments.

Shalmali paid a two-hour tribute to one of her favorite singers; Amy Winehouse last year at Blue Frog, Mumbai which was attended widely. She is also a vocalist with Mikey McCleary's popular act 'The Bartender' where she has performed beautiful renditions of vintage Bollywood songs revamping it with a flavour of sensuous, old school jazz, and is featured on their second album, 'B Seventy'. Furthering her versatility as a performer, Shalmali has performed as a soloist with a Latvian troupe in a Cabaret named Bombaloo which toured Moscow, Yerevan and Armenia. She has been singing professionally in Mumbai for several years, and worked as a backing vocalist for Ali Zafar's songs.[3]

Singing debut in films & breakthrough (2012–present)

Shibani Kashyap and Shalmali Kholgade Worli Festival
Kholgade with Shibani Kashyap at the Worli Festival in 2013

Shalmali made her debut as a lead vocalist in Bollywood playback singing in 2012 with the song "Pareshaan" from film Ishaqzaade under the music of Amit Trivedi. The song was a critical and commercial success, topping charts across India.[4][5] For Pareshaan Kholgade won the Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer among several other awards. Her other two songs in 2012, "Daaru Desi" from Cocktail,[6][7] and "Aga Bai" from Aiyyaa, both became hits.[8] In 2013, Kholgade's first track, "Lat Lag Gayee" from the movie Race 2 met with immense commercial appreciation. The song remained on the top of the charts for many weeks and became hugely popular in dance clubs. Kholgade received further critical and commercial success with the track "Balam Pichkari" from the movie Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. For the song, Kholgade received many nominations including her second Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer nomination. She also sang the title track for Shuddh Desi Romance, "Besharmi Ki Height" and "Shanivar Raati" for Main Tera Hero, "D Se Dance" for Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania and " Shayarana" for Daawat-E-Ishq, which got her more critical appreciation.

Apart from singing in Bollywood, she has sung in other Indian regional languages such as "Raja Raja" for the Tamil film Naan Rajavaga Pogiren yet her remarkable Tamil song is "Oday Oday" from the film "Raja Rani", "Kala Koi Geli" for the Bengali film Proloy, "Preminchaa" for the Telugu film Toofan and "Tu Mila" for the Marathi film Timepass 2, all of which top the charts.

Acting career

Shalmali made her film debut with a supporting role in the 2009 Ranjan Singh's East Indian Konkani-Marathi film Tu Maza Jeev, which was released on Maharashtra Day. The film was a moderate successful at the Box Office India and earned mixed reviews, however, she was praised for her performance.[9]


Awards and nominations

Year Category Song and Film Result
Filmfare Awards
2013 Best Female Playback Singer "Pareshaan" (Ishaqzaade) Won
2014 Best Female Playback Singer "Balam Pichkari" (Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani) Nominated
Screen Awards
2013 Best Female Playback Singer "Pareshaan" (Ishaqzaade) Won
2014 Best Female Playback Singer "Balam Pichkari" (Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani) Nominated
Awards of the International Indian Film Academy
2013 Best Female Playback Singer "Pareshaan" (Ishaqzaade) Nominated
Zee Cine Awards
2013 Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Award for Fresh Singing Talent "Pareshaan" (Ishaqzaade) Won
Best Playback Singer – Female "Pareshaan" (Ishaqzaade) Nominated
2014 Best Playback Singer – Female "Balam Pichkari" (Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani) Nominated
Times of India Film Awards
2013 Best Playback Singer – Female "Pareshaan" (Ishaqzaade) Won
Stardust Awards
2013 Best Female Playback Singer "Pareshaan" (Ishaqzaade) Won
BIG Star Indian Music Awards
2013 Best Playback Singer – Female "Pareshaan" (Ishaqzaade) Nominated
Star Guild Awards
2013 Best Playback Singer – Female "Pareshaan" (Ishaqzaade) Nominated
Mirchi Music Awards
2012 Female Vocalist of The Year "Pareshaan" (Ishaqzaade) Nominated[10]
Upcoming Female Vocalist of The Year "Pareshaan" (Ishaqzaade)
"Aga Bai" (Aiyyaa)

See also


  1. ^ "Broken flower". The Hindu. 25 July 2011.
  2. ^ "Broken flower". The Hindu. 25 July 2011.
  3. ^ "Tribute concerts in India". The Times of India. 15 June 2012.
  4. ^ "Love Goes Grunge". Indian Express. 20 April 2012.
  5. ^ "Ishaqzaade: Music Review". The Times of India. 15 April 2012.
  6. ^ "NEW SONG: Deepika-Saif in Cocktail". Hindustan Times. 1 June 2012.
  7. ^ "Shamali Kholgade Page".
  8. ^ "Saif, Deepika get tipsy in Cocktail!". India Today. 4 June 2012.
  9. ^ "First East Indian movie releases on Maharashtra Day". The Times of India. 4 May 2009.
  10. ^ "Nominations - Mirchi Music Award Hindi 2012". Retrieved 2018-04-27.

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