Urmila: Smouldering Beauty Who Could Play Conservative Roles

Urmila Matondkar Movies
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She could be a glamorous girl in one film and change to a conservative woman in another.

There were two other factors which were appreciated about Urmila Matondkar – her superb dancing skills and intense acting.

Starting as a child star, she was much appreciated by audiences and critics for her role in Masoom. Her first big hit as an adult was Rangeela opposite Aamir Khan. She was simply stunning in that role.

There was looking back except for a short spell when her choice of films was ordinary. She has also acted in South Indian and Marathi films.  Though she has not done much acting since her peak days, she still attracts audiences when she does appear.

Here are some of her works which has won approval from audiences and critics alike.

Drohi (1992)

Drohi (1992)Cast: Akkineni Nagarjuna, Urmila Matondkar, Danny Denzongpa, Salim Ghouse, Akash Khurana
Director: Ram Gopal Verma

A crime branch inspector tracking down a ruthless killer gets more than he can chew when his sister falls in love with the killer. Inspector Krishna (Ghouse) is told by the mayor to crack down on mafia leader J P Sethi (Danny) and his hitman Raghav/Shekhar (Nagrajuna). But the mayor gets assassinated in the bargain.

The inspector’s sister loves the hitman who now goes under the name of Shekhar. The inspector warns his sister that she is being foolish but she does not listen. Then the situation gets sticky.

Rangeela (1995)

Rangeela (1995)Cast: Aamir Khan, Urmila Matondkar, Jackie Shroff, Gulshan Grover, Avtar Gill, Reema Lagoo
Director: Ram Gopal Verma

A love triangle with a movie theme gets resolved after many misunderstandings and unnecessary sacrifices. Street smart orphan Munna (Aamir) is befriended by a family whose daughter Mili (Urmila) clicks with him. Mili wants to be a top-notch actress while Munna is content by selling movie in tickets in black.

Actor Raj (Shroff) gets an audition for Mili and after much help she gets a role. In the bargain, Raj falls in love with Mili while Munna cannot express his true feelings to her. Unable to take it any longer, Munna runs away before true love has its final say.

Kaun (1999)

Kaun (1999)Cast: Urmila Matondkar, Manoj Bajpai, Sushant Singh
Director: Ram Gopal Verma

A girl (Urmila) living alone in a house goes through a scary experience before she finally knows the truth.   She hears the doorbell ring while watching the news about a serial killer on the prowl. She refuses to open the door despite many pleadings from Sameer (Bajpai).

The doorbell rings again and an inspector is standing there. Then Sameer stumbles upon a dead body which turns out to be of Mr Malhotra, the owner of the house. The plot thickens when the woman ties both the men up. Now something strange is going to happen.

Pyar Tu Ne Kya Kiya (2001)

Pyar Tu Ne Kya Kiya (2001)Cast: Urmila Matondkar, Fardeen Khan, Sonali Kulkarni, Suresh Oberoi, Rajpal Yadav, Ravi Baswani
Director: Rajat Mukherjee

A rich loner falls in love with a photographer but is stunned to learn that he is already married. Jai (Fardeen) takes some pictures of Ria (Urmila) while she is holidaying in Goa and gets it published in a magazine. Initially angry, she accepts him and then falls for him.

She confesses to Jai about her love but he says if he wasn’t married to Geeta (Sonali) he would have accepted her. Bu Ria begins to get possessive and starts behaving strangely. She tries to commit suicide and fails and then attacks Geeta. Jai has a difficult time to make her understand.

Ek Hasina Thi (2004)

Ek Hasina Thi (2004)Cast: Urmila Matondkar, Saif Ali Khan, Seema Biswas, Aditya Srivastava
Director: Sriram Raghavan

A husband gives a suitcase to his wife to look after but little does she know that it traps her into a world of crime.  Karan (Saif) is suave but his manner is deceiving. His wife Sarika (Urmila) gets trapped when the suitcase he gave her for safekeeping turns out to be full of illegal firearms.

That lands her in jail for seven years. Disappointed and hurt at her husband’s behaviour, Sarika seeks revenge. She escapes prison and tracks Karan. She plots his downfall cleverly and traps him among rats.


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