Ila Arun

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Ila Arun
Ila Arun in 2016
Ila Arun in 2016
Background information
Born (1954-03-15) 15 March 1954 (age 68)
Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
OriginIndia
GenresIndian film music, playback, classical, pop
OccupationsSinger, actress
InstrumentsVocalist
Years active1979–present

Ila Arun is an Indian actress, TV personality and Rajasthani folk and folk-pop singer.[1] She has appeared in many prominent Bollywood movies such as Lamhe, Jodhaa Akbar, Shaadi Ke Side Effects and Begum Jaan.

Personal life[edit]

Arun was born on 15 March 1954 in Jodhpur in Rajasthan.[2][3] She hails from Jaipur .[4] She is the sister of Piyush Pandey and Prasoon Pandey.[5] Her mother name is Bhagwati Pandey. Ila Arun is the mother of actress Ishita Arun.[6]

Playback singing[edit]

Arun has sung numerous film songs in Hindi and quite a few South Indian languages such as Tamil and Telugu. Her most famous film song to date has been "Choli Ke Peeche" sung along with Alka Yagnik for the film Khalnayak starring Madhuri Dixit, for which they won the Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer.[7] Another song which she is famous for is "Ghup Chup" from the film Karan Arjun. She also is well known for her song "Morni Baaga Ma Bole" accompanied with Lata Mangeshkar, in the movie Lamhe, starring Sridevi. She has lent her voice to the Tamil song "Muthu Muthu Mazhai", for the film Mr. Romeo, composed by A. R. Rahman. Her last noteworthy song was also with Rahman composed for the internationally acclaimed film Slumdog Millionaire, called "Ringa Ringa".[8]

Singles/Albums[edit]

She has produced several successful singles such as "Vote for Ghagra". She also sang the promotional hit song Halla Bol for the Rajasthan Royals team in the Indian Premier League[9] She hails from Rajasthan and sings Rajasthani songs in her albums and movies.

Acting[edit]

Arun was first seen acting in Lifeline (Jeevanrekha) a Hindi TV serial on life of doctors, along with Tanvi Azmi on Doordarshan. She delivered an electrifying performance in the 2008 hit Jodhaa Akbar as Maham Anga, Akbar's shrewd wet nurse and political advisor. She has also acted in supporting roles in films such as China Gate, Chingari, Well Done Abba, Welcome to Sajjanpur, West is West and Ghatak. In Shaadi Ke Side Effects and Begum Jaan, she played a governess and a brothel member, respectively. In "Raat Akeli Hai", which is a Netflix movie and released on 31 July 2020, she has played the role of mother of the Hero "Nawazuddin Siddiqui" and correctly delivered the dialogues in local dialect.

Arun has been a part of the early years of Indian television Industry, acting in the 1980s Bharat Ek Khoj and Yatra. She also took on the role of Hansa Mehta, an independence activist who was part of the advisory committee of the constituent assembly, in Samvidhaan which is a TV mini-series based on the making of the Constitution of India.

Discography[edit]

Album(s) Notes
Vote for Ghagra
Nigodi Kaisi Jawani Hai
Main Ho Gayi Sawa Lakh Ki
Banjaran
Bombay Girl
The Very Best of Ila Compilation
Khichdi
Haule Haule
Mela
Ila Arun Pop Hits Compilation
Chhappan Chhuri
Mare Hiwda Ma
Nimri Nimoli MTV Coke Studio (single)

Filmography[edit]

As Actress[edit]

Year Film Role Director Notes
1983 Ardh Satya Sneha Bajpai Govind Nihalani
Mandi Kamli Shyam Benegal
1985 Trikal Cook Shyam Benegal
1986 Jaal Tara Umesh Mehra
1990 Police Public Laxmi Esmayeel Shroff
1991 Lamhe Folk dancer in the song "Chudiyan Khanak Gayee" Yash Chopra Also singer
1992 Suraj Ka Satvan Ghoda Lily's mother Shyam Benegal
1994 Droh Kaal Zeenat Govind Nihalani
1996 Ghatak Mrs. Malti Sachdev Rajkumar Santoshi
1997 Auzaar Herself Sohail Khan In the song "Apni To Ek Hi Life"
1998 China Gate Mrs. Gopinath Rajkumar Santoshi
2005 Bose - The Forgotten Hero Ranu Shyam Benegal
2006 Chingaari Padmavati Kalpana Lajmi
2008 Jodhaa Akbar Maham Anga Ashutosh Gowariker Nominated—IIFA Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Screen Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role
2008 Welcome to Sajjanpur Ramsakhi Pannawali Shyam Benegal Nominated—Screen Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Producers Guild Film Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
2010 West Is West Basheera Khan Andy DeEmmony British film
Well Done Abba Salma Ali Shyam Benegal
Mirch Kesar bai Vinay Shukla
2011 Aagaah: The Warning Ramsharan's mother Karan Razdan
2012 Arjun: The Warrior Prince Kunti (voice role) Arnab Chaudhuri Animated film
2014 Shaadi Ke Side Effects Aunty Saket Chaudhary
2017 Begum Jaan Amma Srijit Mukherji
2018 Thugs of Hindostan Jaitumbi Vijay Krishna Acharya
Manto Jaddanbai Nandita Das
2020 Ghoomketu Santo Bua Pushpendra Nath Mishra ZEE5 film
Raat Akeli Hai Mrs. Yadav Honey Trehan Netflix film
Chhalaang Usha Gehlot Hansal Mehta Amazon Prime Video film
2021 Sherni[10] Pawan's mother Amit V. Masurkar Amazon Prime Video film
2021 Aafat-E-Ishq Bahuji Indrajit Nattoji ZEE5 Film

As Singer[edit]

Year Film Song(s) Music Director Notes
1985 Aitbaar "Khali Peeli Pyar Se" Bappi Lahiri
1986 Jaal "Raina Bawari Bhai Re" Anu Malik
1989 Batwara "Ye Ishq Dunk Bichhua Ka, Are Isse Raam Bachaye" Laxmikant-Pyarelal
1991 Rukmavati Ki Haveli Herself
Lamhe "Chudiyan Khanak Gayee"

"Megha Re Megha"

Shiv-Hari
1993 Khalnayak "Choli Ke Peeche Kya Hai (Female)" Laxmikant-Pyarelal Won—Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer
"Nayak Nahi Khalnayak Hai Tu"
Bedardi "Sun O Bedardi" Laxmikant-Pyarelal
Dalaal "Gutur Gutur" Bappi Lahiri
1994 Amanaat "Din Mein Kehti Hai" Bappi Lahiri
Naaraaz "Aisa Tadpaya Mujhe Dil Bekarar Ne" Anu Malik
1995 Diya Aur Toofan "Kundi Dheere Se Khatkana" Bappi Lahiri
Zakhmi Sipahi "O Laila O Laila" Rais Bhartiya
1996 Aatank "Main Chhui Mui"

"Meri Patli Kamar"

Laxmikant–Pyarelal
Smuggler "Bin Barsaat Ke" Bappi Lahiri
Mr. Romeo "Muthu Muthu Mazhai" (original version)

"Paas Aaja Baalam" (Hindi version)

A. R. Rahman Tamil Film
1997 Tarazu "Chal Ganne Ke Khet Mein" Rajesh Roshan
Jeevan Yudh "Kameez Meri Kaali" Nadeem–Shravan
Auzaar "Masti Ka Aalam Aaya Hai" Anu Malik
1998 Kaadhal Kavithai "Thathom Thakathimi" Ilaiyaraaja Tamil film
1999 Bhopal Express "Udan Khatola" Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy
Jaanam Samjha Karo "I Was Made For Loving You" Anu Malik
2000 Snegithiye "Othayadi Padhayile" Vidyasagar Tamil Film
2003 Boom "Boom" Talvin Singh
2004 Paisa Vasool "Maine Saiyan Ki Demand" Bapi–Tutul
2010 Well Done Abba "Meri bano hoshiyar" Shantanu Moitra Also lyricist
Mirch "Mora Saiyyan" Monty Sharma
Raavan "Kata Kata" A. R. Rahman
2012 Arjun: The Warrior Prince "Kabhi Na Dekhe Hastinapur Mein" Vishal–Shekhar
2013 Deewana Main Deewana "Kala Doriya" Bappi Lahiri

As Music Director[edit]

Television Appearances[edit]

Year Show(s) Role Notes
1986 Yatra Drama group member
1988 Bharat Ek Khoj Various characters
1991 Lifeline (Jeevanrekha) Doctor
2005 Fame Gurukul Head Mistress
2014 Samvidhaan Hansha Mehta
2015 Coke Studio Performer

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jha, Shuchita (2 September 2019). "Singer Ila Arun remembers BV Karanth's contribution | Bhopal News - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 12 January 2020.
  2. ^ "Happy Birthday Ila Arun: बॉलीवुड के इन 5 गानों के दम पर आज भी मशहूर हैं इला अरुण". News18 हिंदी (in Hindi). 15 March 2022. Retrieved 17 March 2022.
  3. ^ "On Ila Arun birthday's, here are some of singer's best folk-music inspired tracks-Entertainment News , Firstpost". Firstpost. 15 March 2022. Retrieved 17 March 2022.
  4. ^ "Rajasthan's culture is rich: Ila Arun". The Times of India. 7 May 2011. Retrieved 2 July 2019.
  5. ^ Drona, Jaya (7 May 2008). "Ila Arun and Piyush Pandey tell all". The Times of India. Retrieved 8 October 2021.
  6. ^ "My Career in Bollywood Bloomed After Becoming A Mother: Ila Arun". Outlook. 5 October 2018. Retrieved 2 July 2019.
  7. ^ "Ila Arun". IMDb. Retrieved 5 January 2020.
  8. ^ "Slumdog Millionaire music review : glamsham.com". glamsham.com. Retrieved 6 March 2018.
  9. ^ "Ila Arun to say 'Halla Bol' for IPL team of Rajasthan". Bollywood Hungama. 25 March 2008. Retrieved 6 March 2018.
  10. ^ "Vidya Balan starrer Sherni to premiere on Amazon Prime Video in June 2021". Bollywood Hungama. 17 May 2021. Retrieved 19 May 2021.

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