Urmila Matondkar is celebrating her 47th birthday on February 4, 2021. Born in Mumbai, the actress ruled the 90s era with her beauty, acting skills and unmatchable dance. The actress has some amazing films to her credit like Pinjar, Ek Hasina Thi, Bhoot, Rangeela, Pyar Tune Kya Kiya and Kaun to name a few
In a career span of more than a decade, Urmila carved a niche for herself and is still remebered for her work on the silver screen. Urmila has done many challenging roles in Bollywood movies.
Urmila Matondkar’s birthday
As the actress is turning a year older, let’s take a look at her ambitious, fulfilling and inspirational journey.
Urmila worked as child artist
Urmila has predominantly worked in Bollywood, but has also done some work in Telugu, Marathi, Malayalam and Tamil movies. You would be surprised to know that she began her career in the showbiz as a child artiste in the 1977 film, Karm. However, she later went on to work in several movies.
Although she was seen as a child artist on big screen, her first adult role in Hindi cinema came with Narsimha (1991).
Later on, Urmila Matondkar tried her hands on many genres. She featured in romantic drama like Rangeela (1995), Judaai (1997), crime thriller Satya (1998) to name a few.
Her 2004’s supernatural horror Bhoot got her Filmfare Award for Best Actress (critics choice).
Urmila rose to fame with Rangeela
One of the highly acclaimed movies of Urmila Matondkar is Rangeela where she played the character of starry-eyed Mili.
As expected, Urmila created a storm in the Bollywood film industry with her performance. Starring opposite Aamir Khan, Urmila Matondkar announced her arrival in as an a heroine. And, boy! What an announcement it was!
Check out Rangeela songs
Although, Urmila appeared in a number of movies but none of the movies portrayed her quite like Rangeela. As Mili in Rangeela, Urmila was both a chulbuli girl next door as well as sensuous woman who would melt hundreds of hearts in one go.
Urmila Matondkar’s highly acclaimed movies
In the latter half of her Bollywood career, Urmila chose to explore herself beyond the sex-appeal. She went on to feature in movies that still remain some of the most talked about movies of her career.
There was the obsessive lover in Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya (2001), the possessed housewife in Bhoot (2003), the partition drama Pinjar (2003) and the scorned woman in Ek Hasina Thi (2004).
Urmila’s downfall in Bollywood
Since, none of the movies presented Urmila as Rangeela did, it became fairly hard for Urmila to remain in the showbiz beyond her bold on-screen avatars.
No matter how good her performance, people always talked about her sex appeal or her dance numbers.
Her item songs made more news than her alternative-cinema performances. She was long-remained the Rangeela girl. Whether it is Kaun, Pinjar, Tehzeeb or even, Maine Gandhi Ko Nahi Maara, none of these films were part of commercial cinema and hence, no major success.
Despite porving her calibre time and again, Urmila could not make an impact with these power-packed performances. The failure of these movies, impacted Urmila’s Bollywood career.
Although. Urmila Matondkar remained off the headlines for many years. However, she again made headlines for tying the knots with Kashmiri businessman, model namely Mohsin Akhtar Mir and stepping into politics.
In 2019, she contested the Lok Sabha elections as a congress party member from Mumbai’s north seat, however, lost against BJP’s Gopal Shetty.
After staying in Congress for a while, the actress resigned from the party because of petty internal politics. Moreover, in December 2020, she joined Shiv Sena in presence of Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray at his residence Matoshri in suburban Bandra.
So, that’s how Urmila Matondkar’s journey of more than 4 decades looks like. After ruling the world of Bollywood, Urmila seems all set to rule the world of politics. Happy Birthday, Urmila Matondkar.