Urmila Matondkar is an Indian actress who has worked in Bollywood movies as well as regional cinemas.
Urmila Matondkar is one of the most famous actresses in the 90s. The actress is best known for her performances in movies like Rangeela, Ek Haseena Thi, Wo Kaun Thi, and Bhoot.
Here, check out some interesting facts about the actress.
1. Urmila Matondkar made her acting debut as a child artist when she was only 6 years old.
It was a Marathi film titled Zaakol in 1980. She did her schooling from Mumbai and completed her graduation in arts (Philosophy) from Pune University.
2. She made her adult debut in 1989 opposite Kamal Haasan in the movie ‘Chanakyan’.
The movie became a blockbuster and she got many acting offers afterward.
3. Her first Bollywood movie ‘Narsimha’ was released in 1991, in which she played a second lead actress.
Later, she worked opposite Shah Rukh Khan in the Ghost Comedy Chamatkar which became a huge hit among kids.
4. Considering the fact that Bollywood movies were more like male-centric, there was no scope for women to shine until it was a woman-centric or a love story.
Thus, she got wider recognition when she featured opposite Jugal Hansraj in the romantic drama Aa Gale Lag Ja.
5. Rangeela directed by Ram Gopal Verma is considered one of the best movies in her filmography.
She became a sensation and she also received her first Filmfare nomination for best actress.
6. 1999 was probably the most dramatic year for the actress. Matondkar had 6 film releases that year out of which 4 movies − Jaanam Samjha Karo, Hum Tum Pe Marte Hain, Mast, and Dillagi − tanked at the box office and got negative reviews from critics.
However, the movie Kaun and Khoobsoorat are still a fan favorite.
7. In the early 2000s, she became very choosy with the scripts. She did some wonderful movies such as Bhoot, Jungle, Ek Haseena Thi, Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya, and many more.
8. As a lead actress, she made her Marathi film debut with the movie titled Ajoba in 2014.
In the movie, she played the character of Purva Rao who is a wildlife activist in search of leopards.
9. Urmila Matondkar has also participated in many stage shows. She lent her voice for Asha Bhonsle’s album Asha and Friends Vol 1.
She has also hosted the celebrity dance reality show Jhalak Dikhlaa Jaa with Jeetendra and Shiamak Davar.
10. Little do you know that Urmila Matondkar is a trained professional dancer.
This is the reason that she was approached to judge the dance reality show Chak Dhoom Dhoom with Terence Lewis and Javed Jaffrey.
11. Urmila Matondkar has been involved with many charitable organizations that support women’s causes in India.
For instance, she supported the Angeli Foundation that works to empower the Girl Child in India with Manish Malhotra and Parineeti Chopra.
12. Matondkar joined the Indian National Congress in 2019 and contested from Mumbai North constituency but lost.
After a few months, she resigned from the party.
13. Urmila Matondkar belongs to a Marathi Hindu Family. Her father Shivinder Singh is a lecturer while her mother Rukshana Sultana is a homemaker.
Urmila’s elder sister Mamta Matondkar is also an actress. Her elder brother Kedar Matondkar worked as an Aircraft Maintenance Technician in the Indian Air Force.
14. According to the media, Urmila Matondkar was in a relationship with the famous director Ram Gopal Varma.
She has given many hit movies with the director.
15. Urmila tied the wedding knot with the Kashmir based businessman Mohsin Akhtar Mir in 2016.
Mohsin has also tried his luck in modeling and featured in the movie ‘Luck By Chance’.
16. Urmila Matondkar was one of the most successful actresses of the industry who used to get a heavy paycheck from producers.
It is expected that her net worth would be $20 million.
17. Urmila Matondkar has done many item songs in movies. However, the most famous was the iconic ‘Chamma Chamma’ from the movie China Gate.
18. Matondkar described her approach to acting, “I have always tried to make life interesting for myself by doing different roles that connect mainstream cinema with its offbeat counterpart.
I guess I have been daring and lucky with my roles. I am not quite turning into a serious actress. I have never made tall claims.
I am an actress, period. I want to do every kind of role with a reasonable amount of panache. I want to be a fair combination of style and substance.”