Shalmali Kholgade

shalmali kholgade

shalmali kholgade

Shalmali Kholgade (born January 02, 1988) is an Indian singer-songwriter from Mumbai. She is best known as a playback singer in Hindi films.

Her Bollywood playback singing career began with the song “Pareshaan” from the film Ishaqzaade, for which she won several awards including the Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer. She followed it up with hits like “Daaru Desi” from Cocktail, “Lat Lag Gayee” from Race 2, and “Balam Pichkari” from Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, thus establishing herself as one of the most promising female playback singers in Bollywood.

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 theater personality. She later continued her music education under Shubhada Paradkar and has also recently been accepted by the L.A. Music Academy for their April semester but decided not to attend, due to her recording commitments.

A versatile singer who sings both in English and Hindi, Shalmali paid a 2-hour tribute to one of her favourite 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, Russia and Yerevan, Armenia.

Shalmali has been singing professionally in Mumbai for several years, she also appeared as an actor in film, Tu Maza Jeev (2009) made in Marathi language Directed by: Ranjan singh

Singing debut in films & breakthrough (2012-Present)

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. 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, and Aga Bai from Aiyyaa, both became hits. 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. Apart from singing in Bollywood, Kholgade has sung in other languages as well. She also sang the title track in Shuddh Desi Romance which got her more critical appreciation.

Film Songs

Year Film Title Song Title Notes
2012 Ishaqzaade “Pareshaan” Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer
Cocktail “Daaru Desi”
Aiyyaa “Aga Bai”
2013 Race 2 “Lat Lag Gayi”
Akaash Vani “Rumani”
Mere Dad Ki Maruti “Main Senti Hoon”
Naan Rajavaga Pogiren “Raja Raja” Tamil Song
Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani “Balam Pichkari” Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer
Pune 52 “Jag Saare Badle” Marathi Song
Proloy “Kala Koi Geli” Bengali song
Satyagraha “Janta Rocks”
Maazii “Zindagi”
Shuddh Desi Romance “Shuddh Desi Romance”
Phata Poster Nikla Hero “Hey Mr DJ”
Toofan “Preminchaa..” Telugu Song
Raja Rani “Oday Oday..” Tamil song
Sixteen “Solah Baras Ki”
Gori Tere Pyaar Mein “Chingam Chabake”
2014 Main Tera Hero “Besharmi Ki Height”
“Shanivaar Raati”
The Xposé “Catch Me If You Can”
“Surroor”

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 Female Playback Singer “Pareshaan” (Ishaqzaade) Won
Bollywood Hungama Surfers Choice Music Awards
2013 Best Playback Singer – Female “Pareshaan” (Ishaqzaade) Nominated