4 February 1974 |
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
|Occupation||Actress, Television presenter|
|Spouse(s)||Mohsin Akhtar Mir (m. 2016)|
Urmila Matondkar (born 4 February 1974) is an Indian film actress. Primarily known for her work in Bollywood films, Matondkar has also appeared in Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, and Malayalam language films. She is particularly known for her work in the thriller film genres, and is cited in the media as a sex symbol. She is the recipient of numerous accolades, including one Filmfare Award among six nominations. Her film roles contributed to a then-new screen persona for a Hindi film heroine, in which she was known for her intense style and dancing skills.
Matondkar made her acting debut as a child artist in the 1980 Marathi film Zaakol, and had her first Bollywood release with the drama Kalyug (1981). She later gained recognition for her child role in the highly acclaimed drama Masoom (1983), following which she appeared in few other films as a child artist. Matondkar played her first adult role in the blockbuster Malayalam film Chanakyan (1989), and followed it with the box office hit Narsimha (1991), her first Bollywood film as an adult. This initial success was followed by a series of critical and commercial failures, which failed to propel her career forward.
Matondkar's career prospects improved when filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma cast her as the female lead in the highly successful romantic drama Rangeela (1995), following which she received widespread praise for her performances in the drama Judaai (1997) and the crime thriller Satya (1998). Matondkar also achieved success in Telugu and Tamil cinema with roles in Antham (1992), Gaayam (1993), Indian (1996), and Anaganaga Oka Roju (1997). She later garnered critical recognition for portraying a range of intense psychological characters, including that of a serial killer in the 1999 thriller Kaun, an obsessive lover in the 2001 thriller Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya, a possessed woman in the 2003 horror film Bhoot, for which she won a Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress, and a violent avenger in the 2004 thriller Ek Hasina Thi. Matondkar has also played leading roles in lesser-publicized films of independent filmmakers, including the dramas Tehzeeb (2003), Pinjar (2003), Naina (2005), Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara (2005), Bas Ek Pal (2006), and the Marathi film Ajoba (2014).
In addition to acting in films, Matondkar is involved with several humanitarian causes and is vocal about issues faced by women and children. She has featured as a talent judge for the 2007 reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa Season 2. In 2016, she married model Mohsin Akhtar Mir.
- 1 Early life and background
- 2 Acting Career
- 3 Filmography and awards
- 4 References
- 5 External links
Early life and background
Matondkar was born on 4 February 1974 in Mumbai into a Marathi family. Her father, Shivinder Singh, is a former lecturer, whilst her mother, Rukshana Sultana, is a homemaker. She has two sisters: Mamta (elder) and Pooja (younger); Mamta is also an actress. Matondkar's native language is Marathi.
As a child artist (1977–88)
Urmila's first role as a child artist was in 1977 in the film Karm. Following minor roles in Shreeram Lagoo's Marathi film Zaakol (1980) and Kalyug (1980), she achieved success at the age of 9 in Shekhar Kapur's Masoom in 1983.
Adult debut and career struggles (1989–1994)
She appeared in few movies like Bade Ghar Ki Beti in small role. She debuted with movie Narsimha (film). 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 in Hindi. She has also made her appearance in Doordarshan serial Bible Ki Kahaniyan and Indradhanush. Since then, she has starred in numerous subsequent RGV pictures, like Gaayam (Telugu).
Breakthrough and public recognition (1995–98)
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 ₹116.05 crore (US$17 million). Gomolo described "Urmila looking the glam girl as ever and superb performances", at the 41st Filmfare Awards, Rangeela was nominated for 12 awards including a Best Actress nomination for Matondkar. In the same year, she also starred alongside Mohanlal in the Malayalam film Thacholi Varghese Chekavar.
In 1997 her film Judaai was a hit but her other releases such as Daud and Aflatoon were not as successful. Her performance in Judaai earned her a Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award nomination. The film, which co-starred Anil Kapoor and Sridevi, also emerged as a major commercial success.
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 ₹98.855 crore (US$15 million).  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".
Success and stardom (1999–2004)
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". 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").
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 ₹43.03 crore (US$6.4 million). 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 ₹28.05 crore (US$4.2 million).
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 film. 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". Khalid Mohamed wrote, "Matondkar is consistently excellent - controlled and persuasively vulnerable – as the beleaguered wife, evoking your concern and empathy. She’s the major triumph of Bhoot actually".
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 ₹17.04 crore (US$2.5 million).
Critical acclaim and recent work (2005-present)
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. She starred opposite Sanjay Suri in the critically acclaimed Bas Ek Pal (2006).
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 was dubbed a failure critically, 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.
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 début with the film Ajoba.
Filmography and awards
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- "Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya - Starring Fardeen Khan, Urmila Matondkar, Suresh Oberoi, Kannu Gill, Rajpal Yadav, Ravi Baswani, Sonali Kulkarni.". Ibosnetwork.com. 2001-04-27. Retrieved 2015-12-09.
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