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Urmila Matondkar

Urmila Matondkar

Feb 4, 1974, Bombay, India
Urmila Matondkar (born 4 February 1974), is an Indian actress, television personality and politician, primarily known for her work in Hindi cinema, in addition to Malayalam, Marathi, Tamil and Telugu films. She is the recipient of numerous accolades, including a Filmfare Award, a Screen Award and the Nandi Award. Establishing a career with a variety of character types, her film roles contributed to a new on-screen persona for a Hindi film actress, in which she was known for her acting, intense style and dancing skills.After making her debut as a child in the 1980 Marathi film Zaakol, Matondkar made her Hindi film debut with Kalyug (1981). She gained wide recognition with Masoom (1983), following which she appeared in few other films. Her first adult role came with the Malayalam blockbuster Chanakyan (1989), and her first starring role in Hindi cinema came with the action drama Narsimha (1991). After a brief setback, she starred in the romance Aa Gale Lag Ja (1994), both of which were commercially successful. By 1995, Matondkar established herself as a leading actress of Bollywood when she featured as the star of the romantic drama Rangeela, following which she achieved further success and praise for her performances in the 1997 drama Judaai, the 1998 crime thriller Satya, the 1999 romantic comedy Khoobsurat and the 2000 thriller Jungle. She also achieved success in Telugu and Tamil cinema with starring roles in Antham (1992), Gaayam (1993), Indian (1996) and Anaganaga Oka Roju (1997). She garnered critical recognition for portraying a range of intense psychological characters, including a serial killer in the 1999 thriller Kaun, an obsessive lover in the 2001 thriller Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya, a possessed woman in the 2003 horror film Bhoot and a violent avenger in the 2004 thriller Ek Hasina Thi. Later, Matondkar collaborated with independent filmmakers in art-house projects, including, the dramas Tehzeeb (2003), Pinjar (2003), Naina (2005), Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara (2005), Bas Ek Pal (2006) and the Marathi film Ajoba (2014).In addition to acting in films, Matondkar is involved with several humanitarian causes and is vocal about issues faced by women and children. She has featured as a talent judge for Sony TV's Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, Colors' Chak Dhoom Dhoom and Zee Marathi's Dance Maharashtra Dance.

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