Urmila Matondkar is quite excited about her forthcoming release Banaras - A Mystic Love Story. "The film deals with mysticism and culture in a big way within the commercial format. Till date I have never acted in a film like this, which has been shot totally on our soil."

By V. Ananth (Contributor)

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Published: Sat 1 Apr 2006, 11:11 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 4:23 PM

Urmila says that she has a challenging role in Benares, in which she has been teamed opposite Ashmit Patel.

Raj Babbar and Dimple play her parents in the film.

"Besides my role, I also lay a lot of emphasis and stress on scripts, which have intensity. Banaras has a straight story with many folds and knots".

Urmila confesses that given a choice even at this stage of her career, she would any day prefer to be the Urmila Matondkar who had acted with Naseeruddin Shah in Mausam and Chamatkar.

Though Urmila had learnt philosophy and psychology in college, Urmila categorically states that she wouldn't say that she is a spiritual person.

Urmila admits that it would be a lie if she were to state that she couldn't identify with her character of Shwetambari in Banares - A Mystic Love Story just because she is an urban person.

"To get into the skin of her character in the film, I took a few books from Pankaj Parashar including The Autobiography of a Yogi."

"Pankaj also screened for me a couple of documentaries, which he has made on actual experiences of enlightenment of certain individuals shot on camera, which enabled me to understand my character thoroughly."

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