Her acting skill is phenomenal. Her dancing is the expression of passion and fire she has in her mind and soul. Her moves touches you. She’s one of the most prolific and complete actor Indian cinema has ever produced or I should better say Indian cinema has ever had the opportunity to work with. She’s none other than Urmila Matondkar.
When a sweet little girl Urmila first appeared in Shekhar Kapoor’s classic masterpiece masoom, her performance accorded her special attention and love from the audience but never had the world realized what gem of film industry they are having the extreme privilege of looking at.
Urmila made her debut as an adult in Bollywood with narsimha which was a commercial success but the movie didn’t do much to propel her career and she was just received as another newcomer but few years later in the year 1995, Ramgopal Varma made romantic rangeela with her and this was the movie which happened to be the spur to her career.
With rangeela’s success and Matondkar’s highly appreciated performance and specially because of her acting skills she became Ramgopal Varma’s prodigy.
Her next Ramgopal Varma movie daud couldn’t create the magic of rangeela although. But she had become the sex symbol of b-town till now. With rangeela’s sizzling dance moves and daud’s steamy show, she proved that she’s not made for the stereotypes albeit she had a successful movie like judaai as well in her bag. But her next Ramgopal movie satya showed her in a completely different light altogether. As a Marathi girl who lives in a chawl, she lived her role to its fullest and convinced the audience that they have seen just one side of this diva.
But what left the audiences utterly awestruck was her next Ramgopal movie kaun which showcased her deft acting talents like never before. She plays the role of a psycho serial killer in this flick, who’s mentally ill and wreaks havoc on a fierce stormy night. After this, there was no looking back for miss Matondkar as her next ventures specially those which portrayed her in the most unconventional manner garnered her many accolades that an actor wishes for. Her performance as a vulnerable girl next door in jungle, portrayal of an obsessive lover in pyar tune kya kiya or role of a possessed woman in bhoot proves that she’s one of the most finest actresses of the country who can get inside the soul of each character that she plays. At this point of her career people started believing that her days are over now and she can’t do any better in her career than she previously did.
This was the time for Urmila to get back with a bang. Extremely versatile Urmila played the role a village belle this time-in pinjar– who has been abducted and is forced to live away from her family in the direst circumstances. Urmila played her role in an extraordinarily understated way and her subtle performance again won many hearts.
In her next movie she played a role which not only proved that she’s a great actor but also that she’s a one man show. The movie was ek haseena thi and this time she played the role of an innocent girl who after being cheated by her boyfriend-which landed her in jail-turns out be an extremely shrewd avenger. After this Urmila did movies like bas ek pal and garnered critical accolade as well but this was the point when she started maintaining distance from movies. The reason might be the lack of similar scripts that she has liked in her career. Whatever the reason is, Urmila has been one of the greatest actresses of our time and at the same time most underrated actress according to me. She has been regarded as a fine actress but with the kind of performances that she has given back to back, she deserves recognition more than that and more than many actresses of Bollywood.
There is no doubt that being such an actress with perfection in every role she has not been given much acclaim than she deserves but this is also a fact that Urmila is known as a great actress to all those who like movies with great performances and a gripping plot. Urmila is happily married now and all that we can do is to wait for her to come back with her extreme talents in her second innings. Till then, if you haven’t seen her best movies yet then do watch and enjoy the showcase of talent, titillating beauty and beautiful innocence of a gorgeous diva called Urmila.