Ila Arun is a Folk and Pop Singer, who has also acted in several Indian Television Serials and Movies.
She 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. The song was ensAnother 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 hit song Halla Bol for the Rajasthan Royals team in the Indian Premier League. She hails from Rajasthan and sings Rajasthani songs in her albums and movies.
Her fondness for acting began at an early age through theatre.
It was Rajasthan Sangeet Natak Academy that gave her a scholarship for a six-month course in National School of Drama (NSD) in the 1970s, when theatre doyen, legendary drama teacher Ebrahim Alkazi, was the director.
She 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 31.07.2020, 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.
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