Urmila Matondkar: “I was too busy being an actor than being a star”

Actor Urmila Matondkar has been away from films for quite a few years now, however, if you ask her, she says that she had quite the fulfilling journey as an actor and also that she wouldn’t change a single thing about her journey.

Many have wondered over the years why Urmila Matondkar is not a regular feature in parties or other film gatherings but she shares that for her the focus was always on being an actor.

As reported by Hindustan Times, while speaking to the portal about it, Urmila said, “I was too busy being an actor than being a star; running to parties and doing PR stunts was never on my list. Till date, I have no PR and I would like to maintain it this way… And trust me, I never ever regretted it. In fact, why should I? When I was looking for projects that were a notch higher than my previous work, people were busy getting on magazine covers. It was very gutsy of me to have let go a lot of money just to be able to do the kind of work that was truly different from what was being written and made at that time.”

Urmila’s filmography starts from her childhood where she worked on the hit classic movie, ‘Masoom’, way back in 1983. She has since then delivered standout performances in movies like ‘Satya’, ‘Rangeela’ and ‘Pinjar’, among others.

The film industry is a rat race and the competition has always been cut throat, but Matondkar shares that she was never bothered by it. She said, “I have always been in competition with myself. That’s the way I defined and redefined myself. When actors were busy coming up with their versions of Rangeela, replicating my clothes and hair, I went ahead and did a film like Judaai (1997). So, the beauty of my craft is to be able to achieve the best out of the ordinary. You can go back and see the kinds of projects I have done. They are so diverse in terms of stories and characters.”

Recently, the actress has also ventured into politics and Matondkar said that she took this up in order to give back to the society. Urmila Matondkar, who is currently a celebrity judge on the TV dance reality show, DID Super Moms said, “For me, entertainment is the best way to connect with people and that is why you will see me entertaining my fans, be it through films, television or OTT. I am at a place in my life where I am very happy and feel secure. My political inclination is because of my extremely deep social sense where I want to give back to the society that made me what I am today.”

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