Says Urmilla Matondkar, who claims her association with cinema continues even though she may no longer be facing the camera.
Urmilla Matondkar has lent her voice for a leopard in the 3D venture ‘Delhi Safari’. “It was great fun to be lending my voice for the character of the Begum, a leopard. The film is absolutely a mad cap ride. All of us as actors needed to emote like the animals. It is a tough job to give the right amount of stress, intonation to the character. Not being very affluent with technicality, we still did our best. One thing is clear: I had to give voice to someone who is so different. I could imagine myself with the face of the leopard only then could I give the right stress and modulations. Understanding the solitude pitch is very necessary. With the beginning of the dialogue controlling our emotions are very essential and by the end of the journey, we surely turned exhausted to the brim,” she says.
Urmilla further says, “I feel any actor cannot be a media-made star. Media does play an important role in bringing forth our personalities to the forefront but finally I credit audiences for having made us stars. Without their appreciation and preferences, stars cannot make it at the box office.”
Urmilla feels discussions and remedies with regard to deforestation are very essential. “I would say we need to give the space to the animals and also try to get the right timely expression with regard to deforestation. Proper water supply and ponds too need to be on the mother Earth. Everyone needs to extend the boundaries of the mother nature by putting in their best… basic strengths need to be preserved by trying not to get extinguished. I know it is difficult to preserve it but at least each one of us can do our bit,” she says.
Urmilla may not have been in the industry for long but says, “I feel my journey has been very fulfilling for whatever I did was accepted by the audiences. I am more than happy to get their support. Their love helped me exist here. I may not be facing the cameras but yes, I am from the cinematic field and I am definitely doing other things connected to cinema. I am a happy person and also blessed.”
Having done many dance numbers happily, she adds, “I am not a trained dancer but yes, whatever I did I always performed from within my heart and kept up to the music. Happiness showcased on my face and actions and all my numbers were liked by my audiences as well and became a great hit.”
Talking about having friends she says, “Filmy arena is a place where you cannot maintain friendships owing to our busy schedule. We are friends with one and all. But the duration of friendship is related to our working schedules. While working in the same film we meet each other often and we are friends. I do not want to tell you about my best friend because if I say that now, after some time I will hear that I have been disassociated with her. All are my friends. I have no enemy.”