Urmila Matondkar (born on February 4, 1974 in Mumbai,
Maharashtra, India) is a Bollywood actress.
She started her career as a child artist; perhaps the best
known of her early movies is the 1983 Masoom. Her first big
hit was the 1995 Rangeela, in which she played a star-struck
dancer. She was nominated for a Filmfare Best Actress Award
for her work in Rangeela. Her first film with Director Ram
Gopal Verma was Drohi. She has starred in many subsequent
RGV pictures, such as Daud, Satya, Kaun, Mast, Jungle, and
Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya.
Her biggest hits since Rangeela have been Judaai, Satya and
Bhoot. She also turned in strong dramatic performances in
Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya, Pinjar, Tehzeeb, Ek Hasina Thi, Naina ,
Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara and Banaras in 2006.
Urmila is an outstanding dancer and has been a featured
performer in many Bollywood "item numbers", in which a star
gives a cameo performance in a song-and-dance number.
Perhaps her best-known item number is the Chamma Chamma
sequence from the 1998 China Gate. A brief Westernized
version of Chamma Chamma appeared in Baz Luhrman's 2001 film
musical, Moulin Rouge -- minus Urmila. Other hit numbers
include the opening song of Company,Aaiye Aajaye from the
hit film Lajja. She has recently been signed to perform the
item song in the Remake of Sholay that was earlier performed
by the legendary Helen (Bollywood actress). Her height is
Urmila was nominated for what is popularly called the
Filmfare Best Villain Award in 2001, for her work in Pyaar
Tune Kya Kiya.
In 2003, Urmila won her first Filmfare Award: Critics Award
Best Performance for Bhoot. Her same performance won her
recognition in many other award ceremonies as well.
Urmila has been nominated for Filmfare Best Actress Award
category four times for films Rangeela in 1995, Satya in
1998, Bhoot in 2003, and Ek Hasina Thi in 2004 but has never
She has also been nominated for Filmfare Best Supporting
Actress Award category for her role in Judaai in 1997 but
lost to her rival Karisma Kapoor.
2003, 1st Annual Apsara Awards, Best Actress, Bhoot.
2003, Nominated 1st Annual Apsara Awards, Best Actress,
2003, Bollywood Awards, Best Actress, Bhoot.
2003, Zee Cine Award Best Actor- Female, Bhoot.
2004, Nominated Zee Cine Award Best Actor- Female, Maine
Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara.
Sholay (2007)... (announced)
Bas Ek Pal (2006) ... Anamika(announced)
Banaras (2006) ... Shwetamabri
Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara (2005)... Trisha
Naina (2005)... Naina
Ek Hasina Thi (2004)... Sarika Vartak (Nomination, Filmfare
Best Actress Award)
Pinjar (2003)... Puro
Tehzeeb (2003)... Tehzeeb Mirza
Bhoot (2003))... Swati (Winner, Filmfare Critics Award for
Om Jai Jagadish (2002)
Company (2002)...(title sequence) (song)
Lajja (2001)...(special appearance) (item number)
Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya (2001)... Ria (Nomination, Filmfare Best
Kunwara (2000)... Urmila
Hum Tum Pe Marte Hain (1999)
Janaam Samjha Karo (1999)
Chhota Chetan (1998)
China Gate (1998)... (item number) (sequence also seen in
Satya (1998)... Vidya (Nomination, Filmfare Best Actress
Anaganaga Oka Raju (1997)
Mere Sapno Ki Rani (1997)
Judaai (1997)... Janhvi Sahni (Nomination, Filmfare Best
Supporting Actress Award)
Money Money (1995)
Tacholi Varghese Chekavar (1995)
Rangeela (1995)... Mili Joshi (Nomination, Filmfare Best
Aa Gale Lag Ja (1994)
Shreeman Aashiq (1993)
Sur Sangam (1985)
Although Urmila has arguably the loveliest tresses in
Bollywood, she cut her hair short several times for many
films, and is one of the few actresses who dont hesitate to
snip off their tresses if the role demands it. She is also
known to be very fond of short hair.
Her favorite actor is Amitabh Bachchan.
Her favorite actress is Sridevi whom she calls "the perfect
heroine". She worked with Sridevi in Judaai. Her mentor, Ram
Gopal Verma, is also famously an admirer of Sridevi. His
film Mast, which stars Urmila, is based on his obsession and
experience working with Sridevi.