An enigma called Urmila

Urmila Matondkar. A bundle of undeniable talent, who is also an enigma. The naughty, bubbly child of Masoom has evolved into an actress of repute. Painfully thin, with a short haircut that emphasises her gamine features, the one thing she needs to work hardest at is her dress sense.

By Punam Mohandas (Staff Reporter)

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Published: Fri 14 Jul 2006, 2:28 PM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 4:39 PM

She is controlled and composed, almost eerily so, when meeting with strangers. Urmi has seen her fair share of controversies and scandals, and perhaps that's why she gives this impersonation of a clam. Yet, one has it on good authority that she can be quite giggly among friends, and talk nineteen to the dozen.

Best described as a simple Maharashtrian mulgi, fond of the simple life, it is amazing what a transformation comes over her once faced with the eye of the lens. The pout is switched on, the sultry look sizzles from her baby eyes, and Urmila is ready to roll.

You've been rather quiet of late?

"I'm always quiet. In terms of work, yes, I have come to a point in my career where I only do movies that make sense".

'Benaras' is a recent film you worked very hard on, but it didn't fare too well.

"Well, it was for a niche market, and it was appreciated by the niche. It talked about life and philosophy. It wasn't really meant for everyone".

The philosophy seems to have rubbed off on you!

"No, it's not that I'm philosophical, this is just a practical attitude. Those for whom it was meant appreciated it".

What's next on the anvil?

"I have 'Speed' coming up in a couple of months, and there's also 'Bas Ek Pal'. Those are my releases for August and September".

Which role would you really like to sink your teeth into?

"There are so many really, I can't think of just a particular one".

From a childstar (Masoom) — to sultry siren (Rangeela) — to an actress of undoubted repute — Bhooth, Kaun, Ek Hasina Thi, etc. How do you view your own transition?

"I just do my job, and leave the critics to do theirs. I have had lots of opportunities, a beautiful career so far. Great balancing of films and other knowledge. Of course, I obviously do think I have grown and it can be seen in my work as well".

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