Urmila Matondkar

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Urmila Matondkar
Urmila Matondkar
Born (1974-02-04) 4 February 1974 (age 41)[1]
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Ethnicity Konkani[2]
Occupation Actress, Television presenter
Years active 1980–present

Urmila Matondkar (Marathi: ऊर्मिलाा मातोंडकर) (born 4 February 1974)[3] is an Indian film actress, known for her works in Bollywood, few Telugu and Tamil films.[4] Matondkar, who made her screen debut as a child artist in the 1980 film Kalyug. She debuted as an adult in Chanakyan (1989), a Malayalam film, along with Jayaram and Kamal Haasan. She established herself as a leading actress in mainstream Hindi cinema with her films such as Rangeela (1995), Judaai (1997), and Satya (1998), all of which earned her Filmfare nominations. These roles contributed to a new screen persona, where she was known for her intense style and dancing skills, and was frequently featured in the Indian media as a sex symbol.[5][6]

She has also gained wide recognition in Telugu and Tamil cinema through hits like Antham (1992), Gaayam (1993), Indian (1996), and Anaganaga Oka Roju (1997).[7][8] She subsequently took on several psychological roles, delivering a range of critically acclaimed performances. These parts include a psychopath in Kaun (1999), an obsessive lover in Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya (2001), a possessed woman in Bhoot (2003), and a merciless avenger in Ek Hasina Thi (2004). For her performance in Bhoot, she won a Filmfare Award in the Best Actress (Critics) category. She followed with leading roles in art and independent films, such as Tehzeeb (2003), Pinjar (2003), Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara (2005), and Bas Ek Pal (2006).[9]

Early life[edit]

Urmila Matondkar was born in Mumbai on February 4, 1974. Her father was a lecturer. Her mother tongue is Marathi.[7][8]


As a child artist (1977-1983)[edit]

Urmila's first role as a child artist was in 1977 in the film 'Karm'. 1981 with Kalyug and she achieved success at the age of 9 in Shekhar Kapur's Masoom in 1983.

Professional expansion (1989-1994)[edit]

She made her adult debut as an actress with the film Bade Ghar Ki Beti. She next starred in the fantasy film Chamatkar, along with Shahrukh Khan. In 1989, Urmila was paired opposite Kamal Haasan in the Malayalam blockbuster Chanakyan. She went on to frequently collaborate with film director Ram Gopal Verma, who is known for his thrillers. Her first film with him was Antham (Telugu film), which was a bilingual film and was titled as Drohi (1992 film) in Hindi. She has also made her appearance in Doordarshan Serial Bible Ki Kahaniyan. Since then, she has starred in numerous subsequent RGV pictures, like Gaayam (Telugu).

Rangeela and commercial success (1994-2003)[edit]

Urmila returned to film as the female protagonist Mili Joshi, in the romantic comedy Rangeela (1995). Featured opposite Aamir Khan, the film relates the story of two people with contrasting personalities. The film was received favourably by critics and became successful at the box office with gross earnings of INR1160.5 million (US$18 million).[10][11] Gomolo described "urmila looking the glam girl as ever and superb performances", at the 41st Filmfare Awards, Rangeela was nominated for twelve awards including a Best Actress nomination for Matondkar. Following RGV projects were Anaganaga Oka Roju (1997), Daud (film) (1997), Satya (1998), Kaun (1999), Mast (2000), Jungle (2000), Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya (2001), Bhoot (2003), and Ek Hasina Thi (2004).

In 1997 her film Judaai was a hit but her other releases such as Daud and Aflatoon were not as successful.[12] Her performance in Judaai earned her a Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award nomination.[13]

In 1998, she earned critical acclaim for her performance in Satya, for which she received another Filmfare nomination. The film was received favourably by critics and became successful at the box office with gross earnings of INR690.1 million (US$11 million).[14] [15] Mohammad Ali Ikram of Planet Bollywood described Matondkar as "Urmila Matondkar as Vidhya, an aspiring singer caught in the deceptive web of Satya's love, proves she is a multi-faceted actress. If in one movie this actress can be street-smart and sexy (Daud), the next minute she is convincingly conservative, innocent and docile".[16]

In 1999, she got rave reviews for her performance as a psychopath in Kaun, which was a moderate success. Khalid Mohamed of The Times of India (who would later cast her in Tehzeeb) wrote that she "rivets the viewer's interest, carrying off entire reels on her shoulders, through a gamut of quicksilver facial expressions. Vulnerable and baffled, she is utterly believable as the traumatised girl-next-door."[17] She saw further success with Jaanam Samjha Karo, Hum Tum Pe Marte Hain and Khoobsurat, all moderate successes at the box office. However, Matondkar's performance was generally well received by critics ( Rediff describing "Urmila is just about the only heroine who can give Karisma a run for her money when it comes to pelvic thrusts").[18]

During the 2000s, Matondkar revealed strong, dramatic and psychological features in her roles, and delivered a number of critically acclaimed performances. In 2000, Matondkar co-starred in David Dhawan comedy Kunwara, the film under-performed at the box office grossing of INR430.3 million (US$6.8 million).[19] She won favourable reviews for her role as an obsessive lover in Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya (2001), and received various Best Villain nominations for her performance.The film was received favourably by critics and became successful at the box office with gross earnings of INR280.5 million (US$4.4 million).[20]

In 2003, she was part of several projects. She played the role of a north Indian girl in the background of the 1947 India partition in the critically acclaimed Pinjar. She played the title role in Khalid Mohammed's drama Tehzeeb, starring along Shabana Azmi. However, she was mainly noted for her performance in Bhoot, a horror movie. Matondkar enacted a ghost-possessed woman; her performance was much appreciated by critics and audiences and she won her first Filmfare Award under the Best Actress (Critics' Choice) category, as well as various Best Actress awards at different award ceremonies, such as Star Screen Awards, Zee Cine Awards and Bollywood Movie Awards. She later received the national honour Rajiv Gandhi Award for the film, as a recognition to her achievement in Bollywood. Taran Adarsh wrote of her performance, "...the film clearly belongs to Urmila Matondkar all the way. To state that she is excellent would be doing gross injustice to her work. Sequences when she is possessed are simply astounding. If this performance doesn't deserve an award, no other performance should. It beats all competition hollow."[21]

Continuing in other roles and Critical acclaim (2004-2008)[edit]

In 2004, she got critical recognition for her performance as a merciless avenger in Ram Gopal Verma's Ek Hasina Thi, co-starring Saif Ali Khan. She played the role of a deceived woman who is jailed because of her lover, played by Khan, and later flees from prison to avenge him. Once again, Matondkar was nominated for a Filmfare for her performance in the film. Ek Hasina Thi was a financial success with global revenues of INR170.4 million (US$2.7 million).[22]

Next year in 2005, she tried her hand with another horror film, playing the title role in the film Naina, which failed. However, her performance as the caring daughter of Anupam Kher in Jahnu Barua's art film Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara was very well received, and she won her second Bollywood Movie Award for Best Actress.

Apart from holding a successful acting career, she is regarded as an outstanding dancer and has been a featured performer in many Bollywood item numbers. Her best-known item number is the Chamma Chamma sequence from the 1998 China Gate. Other hit numbers include Aaiye Aajaye from the hit film Lajja. She was signed to perform the item song in Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag, a remake of the 1975 blockbuster Sholay. She played the role originally played by Helen.

In 2007, Matondkar lent her voice for Asha Bhonsle's album Asha and Friends Vol 1, where she performed with Bhosle the duet song "Mehbooba Dilruba". In fact, throughout the 1990s – 2000s, Bhosle sang the maximum number of songs for Urmila. In that same year, she was seen on the second season of the dance reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa on Sony Television as a judge along with Jeetendra and Shiamak Davar.

In 2008, Matondkar was seen with Himesh Reshammiya in a remake of the 1980 film Karz, titled Karzzzz. Even though the film flopped miserably at the box office, Urmila was praised for her acting and adding her own flavour to the role of Kamini. In 2012, Urmila Matondkar stated her comeback with an animated Hindi feature film Delhi Safari.[23]

As a reality show judge (2008-2012)[edit]

Matondkar in July 2010

In 2008, Matondkar debuted on Indian television as a host of a reality show named Waar Parriwar.

In 2011, Matondkar was one of the judges on the dance reality show named Chak Dhoom Dhoom on Colors channel, along with Javed Jaffrey and Terence Lewis.[23]

In 2012 Urmila Matondkar is a judge on a Marathi dance reality show Dance Maharashtra Dance on Zee Marathi.

In 2014, Urmila Matondkar made her Marathi film debut with the movie 'Ajoba'.


Year Film Role Notes
1980 Kalyug Parikshit
1980 Zakol Marathi
1983 Masoom Pinky
1984 Bhavna
1985 Sur Sangam
1987 Dacait Shanta
1989 Bade Ghar Ki Beti Pushpa
1989 Chanakyan Renu Malayalam film
1991 Narasimha Meenu S. Singh First adult role in Hindi
1992 Chamatkar Mala
1992 Antham Bhavna Telugu film
1992 Drohi Bhavna
1993 Shreemaan Aashique Shakuntala (Shaku)
1993 Gaayam Chitra Telugu film
1993 Bedardi Honey
1994 Kanoon Shalu
1994 Aa Gale Lag Ja Roshni
1995 Rangeela Mili Joshi Nominated—Filmfare Best Actress Award
1995 Thacholi Varghese Chekavar Maya Malayalam Film
1995 Money Money Chitra Telugu film, Guest appearance
1996 Indian Sapna Tamil film, dubbed in Hindi as Hindustani
1997 Judaai Janhvi Sahni Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award
1997 Mere Sapno Ki Rani Sapna
1997 Anaganaga Oka Roju Madhu Telugu film
1997 Daud Bhavani
1997 Aflatoon Pooja
1998 Satya Vidya Nominated—Filmfare Best Actress Award
1998 Kudrat Madhu
1998 China Gate Item number
1998 Chhota Chetan Miss Hawa Hawai
1999 Jaanam Samjha Karo Chandni
1999 Hum Tum Pe Marte Hain Radhika
1999 Mast Mallika
1999 Dillagi Shalini
1999 Khoobsurat Shivani
1999 Kaun Nameless character Villain role
2000 Jungle Anu
2000 Deewane Sapna
2000 Kunwara Urmila
2001 Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya Ria Villain role.
Nominated—Filmfare Best Villain Award
2001 Lajja Special appearance in an item number
2002 Company Special appearance in song
2002 Om Jai Jagadish Nitu
2002 Deewangee Sargam
2003 Bhoot Swati Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress
2003 Tehzeeb Tehzeeb Mirza
2003 Pinjar Puro aka Kugi / Hamida
2004 Ek Hasina Thi Sarika Vartak / Swati Nominated—Filmfare Best Actress Award
2005 Naina Naina
2005 Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara Trisha
2006 Banaras Shwetamabri
2006 Bas Ek Pal Anamika
2007 Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag Gypsy Dancer Item number
2007 Om Shanti Om Herself Special appearance
2007 Speed Richa
2008 Karzzzz Kaamini Villain role
2008 EMI – Liya Hai Toh Chukana Parega Prerana Joshi
2011 Shabri Cameo
2012 Hridaynath Item number, Marathi film[24]
2012 Delhi Safari Begum Voice
2013 Life Mein Hungama Hai Music Teacher
2014 Ajoba Purva Released on 9 May 2014, Marathi film[25]


Year Title Network Notes
1986 Katha Sagar Shikha / Urmi DD National Episodic Roles
1987 Zindagi Vimla DD National
1993-95 Bible Ki Kahaniya Noah Wife's Niece DD National
2007 Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa Season 2 Herself Sony TV Judge
2008 Waar Parriwar Herself Sony TV Host
2011 Chak Dhoom Dhoom Herself Colors TV Judge
2013 Dance Maharashtra Dance Herself Zee Marathi Judge

See also[edit]


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  3. ^ http://www.rediff.com/movies/slide-show/slide-show-1-birthday-special-fashion-lessons-from-urmila-matondkar/20140204.htm
  4. ^ "Urmila Matondkar goes underwater for her birthday". thaindian. 4 February 2009. Retrieved 26 February 2011. 
  5. ^ Verma, Sukanya (2002). "Star of the Week". Rediff.com. Retrieved 2008-11-10. 
  6. ^ Verma, Sukanya (29 May 2003). "'My knuckles would turn white'". Rediff.com. Retrieved 2008-11-10. 
  7. ^ a b Srinivasan, V S (16 January 1998). "Rangeela Re!". Rediff.com. Retrieved 2008-11-11. 
  8. ^ a b Kulkarni, Ronjita (2008). "Bollywood's top 5, 2003: Urmila Matondkar". Rediff.com. Retrieved 2008-11-11. 
  9. ^ http://www.thehindu.com/lf/2003/05/26/stories/2003052602140200.htm
  10. ^ http://ibosnetwork.com/asp/filmbodetails.asp?id=Rangeela
  11. ^ http://www.planetbollywood.com/Film/rangeela.html
  12. ^ "Box Office 1997". 
  13. ^ "Filmfare Nominations 1997". The Times Of India. 
  14. ^ "Box Office 1999". 
  15. ^ http://ibosnetwork.com/asp/filmbodetails.asp?id=Satya
  16. ^ http://www.planetbollywood.com/Film/satya.html
  17. ^ Mohamed, Khalid (1999). "First Rate Chiller". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 1999-10-09. Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  18. ^ http://m.rediff.com/movies/1999/apr/03jan.htm
  19. ^ http://ibosnetwork.com/asp/filmbodetails.asp?id=Kunwara
  20. ^ http://ibosnetwork.com/asp/filmbodetails.asp?id=Pyaar+Tune+Kya+Kiya
  21. ^ "Bhoot Review". 
  22. ^ http://ibosnetwork.com/asp/filmbodetails.asp?id=Ek+Hasina+Thi
  23. ^ a b http://independentbollywood.com/ib-feature/urmila-matondkar-comes-back/123.html
  24. ^ "1107 urmila marathi item song". YouTube. 2012-07-11. Retrieved 2012-08-14. 
  25. ^ "Urmila Matondkar's Marathi debut based on real life story - The Times of India". The Times Of India. 

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