Ila Arun
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Ila Arun

Ila Arun
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Ila Arun in 2014
Background information
Born 15 March 1952 (age 66)
Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
Genres Indian Film Music, Playback Singer, Classical Singer, Pop Singer
Singer, Actress
Instruments Vocalist
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. She has appeared in many prominent Bollywood movies such as Lamhe, Jodhaa Akbar, Shaadi Ke Side Effects and most recently Begum Jaan.

Personal life

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.

Playback Singing

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.[1] 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". [2]

Singles/Albums

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 [3] which became an instant hit. She hails from Rajasthan and sings lots of Rajasthani songs in all her albums and movies.

Acting

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.

Discography

Album(s) Notes
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
Nimri Nimoli MTV Coke Studio (single)

Filmography

As Actress

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

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

Television Appearances

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

References

  1. ^ Award[unreliable source?]
  2. ^ "Slumdog Millionaire music review : glamsham.com". www.glamsham.com. Retrieved .
  3. ^ Hungama, Bollywood (2008-03-25). "Ila Arun to say 'Halla Bol' for IPL team of Rajasthan - Bollywood Hungama". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved .

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