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    “You Can’t Be a Star if You Are Not Glamorous,” says Urmila

    [Interview by Faridoon Shahryar]
    Wednesday, September 13, 2006
    “I think either an actor is glamorous or he/ she is not. Quite frankly you can’t be a star for a long time if you are not glamorous,” says Urmila Matondkar as she excitedly makes a comeback to her ravishing svelte look in this week’s release ‘Bas Ek pal’. Urmila has come a long way from being a child actor in Shekhar Kapoor’s ‘Masoom’ to being Aamir’s muse in Ram Gopal Verma’s ‘Rangeela’ to doing award winning performances in ‘Pyaar Mein Kabhi Kabhi’, ‘Bhoot’, ‘Ek Hasina Thi’, ‘Pinjar’ and ‘Banaras’. She is a unique artiste who is stunningly beautiful and possesses amazing talent as an actress of merit. IndiaGlitz caught up with the confident star and found out that she has her priorities well in place in life as well as career.

    How did Bas Ek Pal happen to you?

    I had seen ‘My Brother Nikhil’. I was keen to work with Onir. I had met him earlier for another film which couldn’t materialize. But when he gave me the script of ‘Bas Ek Pal’ then I liked it very much as in spite of having five characters, it is a multi layered screenplay which is a rarity in Hindi films. Moreover, the intensity of relationships comes as very interesting. I knew it was a good film to be associated with.

    Something about your character in the film

    I play a civil engineer. She is very today’s girl. Understand her life, but then there are situations in life when we think that if that something wouldn’t have happened then how life would have been different. That particular moment or mishap changes the lives of everybody. The complexities that this incident leaves in the relationships, is what the story is all about. I am sure a lot of city girls will someway or the other identify with the character of Anamika.

    So, is it a director’s film?

    This film in my analysis is not about any one character. I think you are right when you say that it is a director’s film. It is not about one character or it’s not about one track either. It’s a story of five people and how their life changes, their relationships and the perennial personal question that if I wouldn’t have done this, or if I wouldn’t have done that. It’s all about Ifs and Buts.

    In ‘Banaras’ you played a very intense character. There are other films where you come across as intense…So, does that intensity get into your personal life too?

    Not really. I am not one of those actors who take their work home. For me Films are important but they are not the be all and end all of my existence. There is more to life like traveling, my books, my family, my friends…So there is lot more to life than just films. But when I play a character, I give it my hundred percent for I owe it to my audience and directors, producers who have brought me where I am today.

    What about your brush with Ram Gopal Verma in the remake of ‘Sholay’?

    I am not doing any role in ‘Sholay’. I am only doing ‘Mehbooba Mehbooba’ in the film. I am very excited, very nervous. I think it is one of the most beautiful songs of Helen ji. I’ve been a fan of R D Burman sahab for a long time now. And consider it to be one of his best. It was beyond its time then as well. I really hope that I live up to people’s expectations.

    You started off with ‘Rangeela’ and ‘Daud’ in a glamorous avatar…Off late you’ve done ‘Pinjar’, ‘Banaras’ and ‘Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Maara’ where you are more serious….In ‘Bas Ek Pal’ you look glamorous once again…

    I don’t really think glamour is about what clothes I’ve worn, how much lipstick or hairstyle I’ve done. I think either an actor is glamorous or he/ she is not. Quite frankly you can’t be a star for a long time if you are not glamorous. To me glamor is personality of an actor.

    How much importance do you pay to a script before signing a film?

    I think Script is the Be all and end all. It is like an ignition point for taking up a film. After that the journey is quite long and interesting. You are very right, I’ve done so many diverse roles only because as an actor and a human being there’s no growth if you don’t do different things.

    You are also doing a TV show shortly…

    I think it’s going to be great. I am judging the show called ‘Superstars’. Till today, my interaction with people have been through my characters, but this time they will meet with Urmila at a more personal level. We are searching for fresh talent. I think the whole experience would be as exciting.

    It’s an era of remakes: ‘Umrao Jaan’, ‘Don’…Any remake for you…

    That I don’t know….Abhi Ke Liye….Bas Ek Pal.

    The music of ‘Bas Ek Pal’ is doing well….

    I have three CDs of this movie. It’s in my car, my living room and my bedroom. I think it’s got the most rocking music. Although right now, ‘Tere Bin’ is topping the charts but I think all the songs are really rocking.

    What are your future plans?

    Speed is my next release. It’s an action film. Every moment there’s something happening on the screen. It’s a mad frenzy action film.

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