Urmila Matondkar

- Vikram Chandiramani 

She began her career with Shekhar Kapur's film 'Masoom' while she was a mere kid. And although she made an impact with her debut, a couple of small films later, Urmila Matondkar was forgotten.

N Chandra, the ace filmmaker of 'Ankush' fame, noticed her and signed her as the second lead in 'Narsimha'. But that film too did little to revive her career. Despite being a flop actress, Urmila managed to sign films like 'Drohi' and 'Chamatkar', but unfortunately for her she didn't get anywhere.

And then out of the blue, a filmmaker from the south, Ram Gopal Verma changed the course of her career when he signed her for 'Rangeela' opposite Aamir Khan and Jackie Shroff. The film did what none of the earlier films did for her career. She shot to fame. She became a force to reckon with. "I never thought that the film would generate so much curiosity. I was aware that in the film I was needed to be very glamorous and I had absolutely no qualms about it."

As far as doing a role that required her to expose she always relied on her gut feeling. "I have no reservations about exposing," she says. "I am perhaps the only heroine who has never said, 'I will not expose.'"

If Rangeela brought her instant success it also stereotyped her image, and now the makers are finding it difficult to cast her as a simple girl. "I am not going to repeat my 'Rangeela' look again by wearing the same kind of clothes in any film. Besides, glamour is a relative term. It does not necessarily mean wearing the bare minimum and flaunting your assets."

According to Urmila, her costumes in the future will depend on the character, script, banner and the people with whom she will be working.

Hindi filmmakers are constantly looking for the oomph-cum-histrionics profile and Urmila fits in perfectly, and has merited a handful of big banners that will be hitting the screen soon.