’Where are the great men?’

THE QUESTION being asked in Bollywood and out of it, is why has Urmila Matondkar restricted her cinematic appearances?

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Published: Sun 20 Apr 2008, 11:30 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 2:44 PM

The feisty actress provides the answer herself, “Films are not the be all and end all of my life. I do a lot of travelling, reading and listening to music. That doesn’t mean I am detached from films. I started early with Masoom and went on to do a number of films, but films excite me even today, I study every offer closely because I don’t want to miss anything and regret later. The roles I choose have to compete with my previous challenges. They have to suit my sense and sensibility.”

But she’s agreed to be a part of the remake of Subhash Ghai’s Karz by Bhushan Kumar that’s now titled Karzzzz, starring Himesh Reshammiya. It’s not as if Urmila grabbed at the role. “I’ve seen the original a number of times. But still, I pondered a lot, because it wasn’t your regular role,” she reveals. She’s playing Simi Garewal’s role in Karzzzz, going from young girl to old woman. “It was quite daunting. But Bhushan convinced me. In life there comes a now-or-never moment which I went through with this. And I am glad I accepted it.”

Wasn’t she apprehensive about accepting the film with Himesh considering his debut wasn’t great? “I heard he was reasonably good in his first film. I have seen him, he is hard-working and sincere, and with his new hairstyle, he looks good too,” she says in praise of the crooner-turned-actor.

Happily Satish Kaushik, the director, had worked with Urmila in Masoom where he was an assistant director and she a child actress. “I have grown up in front of him. He always thought I am the most perfect commercial actress. He believes I shouldn’t waste myself in art-house cinema,” she says of the Karzzzz director.

Of late Urmila’s been seen a lot on the small screen, first judging a reality show, next hosting a singing show. “Singing and dancing are very close to me after acting. I am a great listener of world music. My iPod has songs from different regions of the world. I love music. It gives me solace,” she says.

On a different note, why is she single still? “Everything happens at the right time. It takes a very strong man to deal with a successful woman. In our business, where so much can be superficial, you deal with a lot of guys who might be into you for all the wrong reasons. Or guys who are simply intimidated by you. That’s where the problem is. I would love to have a great guy in my life, but where are such men,” she asks.

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