Urmila Matondkar is an Indian actress born on 4th February 1974 in Mumbai. Her mother tongue is Marathi and she has appeared in Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam, Marathi and Tamil movies. Urmila’s parents are Shivinder Singh and Rukshana Sultana. Her father was a lecturer. In 1977, she appeared in her first film “
Karam” as a child artist. And she also achieved success with Kalyug (1981) and Masoom of Shekhar Kapoor at the age of nine. She made her adult debut as an actress with “Bade Ghar Ki Beti” and then she starred in a movie named “
Chamatkar”. In 1989, she appeared in her first Malayalam film “Chanakyan” and gained success in Telugu movies with film director Ram Gopal Verma. Her first film with him was “
Rangeela”, “Judaai” and “
Satya” carries the most excellent performances of Urmila Matondkar and she was nominated for Filmfare Awards in 1995, 1997 and 1998. The movies which gained her recognition in Telugu and Tamil cinema are Antham, Gaayam, Indian and Anaganaga Oka Roju. In early 2000 and late 1990s, Urmila appeared in range of intense, psychological characters in movies such as Kaun (1999), Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya (2001), Bhoot (2003) and
Ek Hasina Thi (2004).
In 2003, she played the role of a north Indian girl in the movie named “Pinjar”. The movie was based on the separation of India in 1947. Also, she made a remarkable performance in film “Tehzeeb”. However, she was noted for her exceptional performance in film “Bhoot” and she won her first Filmfare Award as best actress in the critic’s choice category. Also, she won Star Screen best actress award, Zee Cine Awards, Bollywood Movie Awards and National Honor Rajiv Gandhi Award for her role in “Bhoot”. Again in 2004, she received critical recognition for her performance in “Ek Hasina Thi”. Her role was a woman who was deceived and jailed by her lover (
Saif Ali Khan). Once again, she was nominated for Filmfare awards in 2004 for her performances in “Ek Hasina Thi”. In 2005, again, she played the title role for a horror film named “
Naina” and it was a failure. Yet in the same year she could win her second Bollywood Movie Award for Best Actress for the Jahnu Barua's film “Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara”.
Apart from her acting career, she’s an exceptional dancer and a singer. Urmila has performed in several Bollywood item numbers such as “Chamma Chamma” (China Gate-1998) and “Aaiye Aajaye” (Lajja). In 2007, Urmila performed the duet song "Mehbooba Dilruba” with Asha Bhonsle for her album Asha and Friends Vol 1. In the same year, she joined Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa – season two as a judge along with
Shiamak Davar and Jeetendra.