Ila Arun

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Ila Arun
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Ila Arun in 2014
Background information
Born Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
Genres Indian Film Music, yPlayback Singer, Classical Singer, Pop Singer
Occupation(s) Singer, Actress
Instruments Vocalist
Years active 1979 - present

Ila Arun is a popular Indian actress, TV personality and Rajasthani folk/folk-pop singer with a unique, masculine voice and a penchant for folk-pop fusion. Her daughter is Ishita Arun.

Early life[edit]

She was born in Jodhpur 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.

Playback Singing[edit]

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 Alka Yagnik for the film Khalnayak for which they won the Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer.[1] She also is well known for her song, "Morni Baaga Ma Bole" accompanied with Lata Mangeshkar, in the movie Lamhe starring Sridevi. She has also sung Tamil song Muthu Muthu Mazhai under the composition of r. 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 and a good friend of neetu mathur of ajmer... Retired teacher of demo school.

Singles/Albums[edit]

She has produced several successful singles such as "Vote for Ghagra", which sold more than 100,000[citation needed] 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 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.

Acting[edit]

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, West is West, and Ghatak. She has also been a part of the early Indian TV Industry, acting in the 1980s Bharat Ek Khoj and Yatra.

Recently, she has performed in the role of Smt. Hansa Mehta in Samvidhaan which is a TV mini-series on the making of the Constitution of India.

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.

Discography[edit]

Year Album(s) Notes
2002 Vote for Ghagra
Main Ho Gayi Sawa Lakh Ki
Banjaran
The Very Best of Ila Compilation
Khichdi
Haule Haule
Mela
Ila Arun Pop Hits Compilation
Chhappan Chhuri
Mare Hiwda Ma
2015 Nimri Nimoli MTV Coke Studio

Filmography[edit]

As Actress[edit]

Year Film Role Director Notes
2017 Begum Jaan Amma Srijit Mukherji
2014 Shaadi Ke Side Effects Aunty (Hired Governess) Saket Chaudhary
2012 Arjun: The Warrior Prince Kunti(Voice role) Arnab Chaudhuri Animated film
2011 Aagaah: The Warning Ramsharan's mother Karan Razdan
2010 West Is West Basheera Khan Andy DeEmmony British film
2010 Well Done Abba Salma Ali Shyam Benegal
2010 Mirch Kesar bai Vinay Shukla
2008 Jodhaa Akbar Maham Anga Ashutosh Gowariker Nominated in Screen Award for Best Villain
2008 Welcome to Sajjanpur Ramsakhi Pannawali Shyam Benegal
2006 Chingaari Padmavati Kalpana Lajmi
2005 Bose - The Forgotten Hero Ranu Shyam Benegal
1998 China Gate Mrs. Gopinath Rajkumar Santoshi
1997 Auzaar Herself (in song "Apni To Ek Hi Life") Sohail Khan
1996 Ghatak Mrs. Malti Sachdev Rajkumar Santoshi
1992 Suraj Ka Satvan Ghoda Lily's Mother Shyam Benegal
1994 Droh Kaal Zeenat Govind Nihalani
1991 Lamhe Folk dancer in the song "Chudiyan Khanak Gayee" Yash Chopra Also singer
1990 Police Public Laxmi, Deaf servant Esmayeel Shroff
1986 Jaal Tara Umesh Mehra
1985 Trikal Cook Shyam Benegal
1983 Ardh Satya Sneha Bajpai Govind Nihalani
1983 Mandi Bordello girl Shyam Benegal

As Singer[edit]

Year Film Song(s) Music Director Notes
2013 Deewana Main Deewana "Kala Doriya" Bappi Lahiri
2012 Arjun: The Warrior Prince "Kabhi Na Dekhe Hastinapur Mein" Vishal–Shekhar
2010 Well Done Abba "Meri bano hoshiyar" Shantanu Moitra Also lyricist
Mirch "Mora Saiyyan" Monty Sharma
Raavan "Kata Kata" A. R. Rahman
2004 Paisa Vasool "Maine Saiyan Ki Demand" Bapi–Tutul
2003 Boom "Boom" Talvin Singh
2000 Snegithiye "Othayadi Padhayile" Vidyasagar Tamil Film
1999 Bhopal Express "Udan Khatola" Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy
Jaanam Samjha Karo "I Was Made For Loving You" Anu Malik
1998 Kaadhal Kavithai "Thathom Thakathimi" Ilaiyaraaja 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
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
1995 Diya Aur Toofan "Kundi Dheere Se Khatkana" Bappi Lahiri
Zakhmi Sipahi "O Laila O Laila" Rais Bhartiya
1994 Amanaat "Din Mein Kehti Hai" Bappi Lahiri
Naaraaz "Aisa Tadpaya Mujhe Dil Bekarar Ne" Anu Malik
1993 Khalnayak ""Choli Ke Peeche Kya Hai (Female)"
"Nayak Nahi Khalnayak Hai Tu"
Laxmikant-Pyarelal
Bedardi "Sun O Bedardi"
Dalaal "Gutur Gutur" Bappi Lahiri
1991 Rukmavati Ki Haveli Herself
Lamhe "Chudiyan Khanak Gayee"
"Megha Re Megha"
Shiv-Hari
1989 Batwara "Ye Ishq Dunk Bichhua Ka, Are Isse Raam Bachaye" Laxmikant-Pyarelal
1986 Jaal "Raina Bawari Bhai Re" Anu Malik

As Music Director[edit]

Television Appearances[edit]

Year Show(s) Role Channel(s)
1986 Yatra Unknown Doordarshan
1988 Bharat Ek Khoj Unknown
1991 Lifeline (Jeevanrekha) Doctor
2005 Fame Gurukul Head Mistress Sony TV
2014 Samvidhaan Hansha Mehta Rajya Sabha TV
2015 Coke Studio Performer (Nimoli) MTV

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