Name: Ila Arun
Birthday: 14th March
Zodiac Sign: Pisces
Ila hails from a family closely associated with the film and television. Piyush Pandey, Prasoon Pandey; famous ad-makers, are her brothers while Doordarshan presenter Rama Pandey is her sister.
Her daughter Ishita Arun is a noted television face.
Music composer Lalit Sen is her cousin.
She also acted in the stage drama The House of Bilquis Bibi.
Biography: Ila Arun was born in Jaipur and finished her college education from the Maharani Girls College. She had a penchant for singing ever since childhood and had a particular liking towards Rajasthani folk music. Her Bollywood career started with a raunchy number in Subhash Ghai’s Khalnayak. The song was ‘Choli Ke Peechey’ and it was an instant hit, which is still remembered and hummed by audience. Ila however, didn’t get the fair share of publicity. She continued singing in some of the successful Indian films of those times such as Lamhe. According to her, her career didn’t take off as the audience wasn’t ready to accept a different voice from the contemporary voices present at that time. Her recent rendition for A.R.Rahman in the blockbuster Slumdog Millionaire fetched her rave reviews.
After being seen sporadically on the Hindi music scene, Ila continued rendering music in Rajasthani, Tamil and Telugu film industry. She also continued singing in Non-Filmy albums and got a high amount of success. Apart from singing, she is also a reliable actress. Ila started her journey in Bollywood way back in 1983 with the film Mandi. She gave acclaimed performances in movies like China Gate and very recently in Jodhaa Akbar. Television has also been graced by her presence as she was the Kulguru of the Fame Gurukul academy which aired on the Sony Television Channel. Apart from that, she was also a judge on the Junoon-Kuchh Kar Dikhaane Ka; which was a celebrity reality show.
Ila Arun has managed to diversify the reach of Indian folk music and she holds a loyal audience in her local Rajasthani roots. People have accused her of tampering with folk music tunes, however; she insists that she is just repackaging it in a more attractive manner.