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She was born and brought up in the state capital of Jaipur. She graduated from Maharani Girls college in Jaipur, India. Ila Arun is a popular Indian actress, TV personality and a Rajasthani folk/folk-pop singer with a unique, husky voice and a penchant for folk-pop fusion. She was first seen in Lifeline (Jeevanrekha) a Hindi TV serial on life of doctors, along with Tanvi Azmi over doordarshan.
The reality singing show. She seemed to be partial during the course of the show showering excess support to Arijit Singh. She also appeared in NDTV Imagine's reality show Junoon - Kuchh Kar Dikhaane Ka as a judge for the folk-singers team Maati ke laal
Arun has sung numerous film songs in Hindi and quite a few in South Indian languages like Tamil and Telugu. Her most famous film song till date has been Choli Ke Peeche sung along with Avdhesh Maheshwai for the film Khalnayak for which they won the Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer. She also is well known for her song, "Morni baaga ma bole" accompanied with Lata, in the movie Lamhe starring Sridevi. She has also sang Tamil song Muthu Muthu Mazhai under the composition of A. R. Rahman for the soundtrack to the film Mr. Romeo. Her most recent super hit song is also for A. R. Rahman composed internationally acclaimed Slumdog Millionaire. The song she recorded is Ringa Ringa along with Alka Yagnik .
She has produced several successful singles such as "Vote for Ghagra", which sold more than 100,000 copies had some memorable numbers as Morni, Main ho gayi sawa lakh ki, Mera Assi Kali ka Ghagra, Darudi, Bichuda,Main Raatan Jagi etc.[vague]. Her fans await her comeback as she left after her album Haule Haule protesting music piracy and remixes and sexual content in songs. She herself accepted that she is all set to return with an album which is ready.. She recently sang the promotional song Halla Bol for the Rajasthan Royals team in the IPL which became an instant hit. She hails from Rajasthan and sings lots of Rajasthani songs in all her albums and movies.
She has delivered an electrifying performance in the 2008 hit Jodhaa Akbar as Maham Anga, Akbar's wet nurse, who is also like Akbar's mother. She has also acted in critically acclaimed films such as China Gate, Chingari, Well Done Abba, Welcome to Sajjanpur and West is West'Ghatak'. She has also been a part of the early Indian TV Industry, acting in the 1980s Bharat ek Khoj.
Her brothers Piyush Pandey and Prasoon Pandey are ad-makers while her sister Rama Pandey is a BBC journalist and a DD newsreader and Tripti Pandey is a cultural activist, a tourism expert, deputy director, Rajasthan Tourism in Rajasthan.
- Vote for Ghagra
- Main ho gayi Sawa Lakh ki
- Choli Ke Peeche Vol 2
- Best of Ila
- Haule Haule
- Nigodi Kaisi Jawani Hai
- Ila Arun Pop Hits
- Chhappan Chhuri
- Mare hiwda ma
- 2010 - West Is West - Basheera Khan
- 2010 - Well Done Abba - Salma Ali
- 2010 - Mirch - Kesar bai
- 2008 - Jodhaa Akbar - Maham Anga
- 2008 - Welcome to Sajjanpur - Ramsakhi Pannawali
- 2006 - Chingaari - Padmavati
- 2005 - Bose - The Forgotten Hero - Ranu
- 1998 - China Gate - Mrs. Gopinath
- 1996 - Ghatak - Mrs. Malti Sachdev
- 1994 - Droh Kaal - Zeenat
- 1990 - Police Public - Laxmi, deaf servant
- 1986 - Jaal - Tara
- 1985 - Trikal - Cook
- 1983 - Ardh Satya - Sneha Bajpai
- 1983 - Mandi - Bordello girl
- Exclusive Ila Arun interview DESIblitz.com