Ila Arun

Ila Arun

Ila Arun in 2014
Background information
Genres Indian Film Music, Playback Singer, Classical Singer, Pop Singer
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocalist

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

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.

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 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, in the movie Lamhe starring Sridevi. She has also sung 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.. 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.


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.


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


As Actress

Year Film(s) Role Notes
2014 Shaadi Ke Side Effects Aunty (Hired Governess)
2010 West Is West Basheera Khan
2010 Well Done Abba Salma Ali
2010 Mirch Kesar bai
2008 Jodhaa Akbar Maham Anga Nominated in Screen Award for Best Villain
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
1992 Suraj Ka Satvan Ghoda Lily's Mother
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

Television Appearances

Year Show(s) Role Channel(s)
1980 Bharat Ek Khoj Unknown Doordarshan
1991 Lifeline (Jeevanrekha) Doctor
2005 Fame Gurukul Head Mistress Sony TV
2014 Samvidhaan Hansha Mehta Rajya Sabha TV
2015 Coke Studio Performer (Nimoli) MTV


  1. ↑ Award

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