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Ila Arun is a popular Indian actress, TV personality and Rajasthani folk / folk-pop singer with a unique, husky voice and a penchant for folk-pop fusion. Her daughter is Ishita Arun. She has appeared in many prominent Bollywood movies such as Lamhe, Jodhaa Akbar, Shaadi Ke Side Effects and most recently Begum Jaan.
Ila Arun in 2014
|Born||Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India|
|Genres||Indian Film Music, Playback Singer, Classical Singer, Pop Singer|
|Years active||1979 - present|
She was born in Jodhpur and brought up in the state capital of Jaipur. She graduated from Maharani Girls College from there. She is married to Arun Bajpai, a merchant navy officer. Her brothers Piyush Pandey and Prasoon Pandey are in advertising. Arun also has two sisters, Rama Pandey is a BBC journalist and a DD newsreader and Tripti Pandeyis a cultural activist and tourism expert. She is the mother of Ishita Arun, also an actress.
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 starring Madhuri Dixit, for which they won the Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer. 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".
She has produced several successful singles such as "Vote for Ghagra". She also sang the promotional song Halla Bol for the Rajasthan Royals team in the Indian Premier League  which became an instant hit. She hails from Rajasthan and sings lots of Rajasthani songs in all her albums and movies.
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. Her most recent ventures were with actors Vidya Balan and Farhan Akhtar in the films Shaadi Ke Side Effects and Begum Jaan, where she played a governess and a brothel member respectively.
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.
|Vote for Ghagra|
|Main Ho Gayi Sawa Lakh Ki|
|The Very Best of Ila||Compilation|
|Ila Arun Pop Hits||Compilation|
|Mare Hiwda Ma|
|Nimri Nimoli||MTV Coke Studio (single)|
|2018||Thugs of Hindostan||Jaitumbi||Vijay Krishna Acharya|
|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|
|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|
|1983||Ardh Satya||Sneha Bajpai||Govind Nihalani|
|1983||Mandi||Bordello girl||Shyam Benegal|
|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|
|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"
|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"
|Bedardi||"Sun O Bedardi"|
|Dalaal||"Gutur Gutur"||Bappi Lahiri|
|1991||Rukmavati Ki Haveli||Herself|
|Lamhe||"Chudiyan Khanak Gayee"
"Megha Re Megha"
|1989||Batwara||"Ye Ishq Dunk Bichhua Ka, Are Isse Raam Bachaye"||Laxmikant-Pyarelal|
|1986||Jaal||"Raina Bawari Bhai Re"||Anu Malik|
As Music DirectorEdit
|1986||Yatra||Drama group member|
|1988||Bharat Ek Khoj||Various characters|
|2005||Fame Gurukul||Head Mistress|
- Award[unreliable source?]
- "Slumdog Millionaire music review : glamsham.com". www.glamsham.com. Retrieved 6 March 2018.
- Hungama, Bollywood (25 March 2008). "Ila Arun to say 'Halla Bol' for IPL team of Rajasthan - Bollywood Hungama". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 6 March 2018.