Urmila Matondkar, better known for her roles in films like ‘Judaai’, ‘Khoobsurat’, ‘Rangeela’ and ‘Satya’ to name a few, is now a candidate for the Mumbai North Lok Sabha constituency. She will be contesting the election against sitting MP and BJP heavyweight Gopal Shetty. In an interview to Governance Now, the actor-turned-politician was asked the reason behind joining politics, to which she replies, “If one wants to see the change one has to do something about it. Be the change that you want to see! I have taken this step, and if given a chance, (I will) bring about a change in things I see lacking.” It seems her interest to connect with people has always been the same.
Urmila began her career as a child artist in the movie ‘Kalyug’ (1984). She made her debut as an adult actress in the film ‘Narasimha’ in 1991 alongside Sunny Deol. As an actress, she is known to perform all types of roles including the other woman in ‘Judaai’, a possessed girl in ‘Bhoot’, and an abused wife in ‘Pinjar’, to name a few.
We came across an old interview where she talks about her interest to connect with the people. The interview is over two decades old, it was the time when Urmila was pursuing her B.A. in philosophy and reveals the fact that she always wanted to pursue psychology but being an actor it is difficult to manage the time. When asked by the reporter why she wanted to pursue psychology she replies, “Be it acting or psychology, I always wanted to connect with people and know what they like and dislike. Since I am an actor I am able to connect with people. Basically my interest in knowing people’s views and know their thinking process might be the reason I always wanted to pursue psychology.”
Well, the interview might be over two decades old and a lot of changed since then. But one thing that has remained constant is Urmila’s urge to connect with people. No wonder she was a successful actor. But only time will say whether Urmila Matondkar will have a successful career as a politician or will fade away with time like other actor-turned-politicians.
Watch the interview here: (1:30 to 2:52)