Matondkar - born on February 4, 1974 in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India is an
award-winning popular Indian Bollywood actress.
Matondkar, who was earlier known for her bold image, was initially noted
for her diverse roles in films like Rangeela (1995) and Satya (1998).
During the 90s, she has frequently been featured in the Indian media as
a sex symbol.
She subsequently went on to show her psychological acting abilities, and
has delivered a range of critically acclaimed performances. She received
various Best Villain nominations for her role as an obsessive lover in
Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya (2001), and won her first Filmfare Award under the
Best Performer category for her portrayal of a ghost-possessed in Bhoot
(2003). She was later highly praised for her roles as a merciless
avenger in Ek Hasina Thi (2004) and a caring daughter in Maine Gandhi Ko
Nahin Mara (2005).
She started her career as a child artist; perhaps the best known of her
early movies is Shekhar Kapur's Masoom in 1983. She made her film debut
as an adult actress with the film "Bade Ghar ki Beti". She next starred
in the fantasy film Chamatkar, along with Shahrukh Khan.
She went on to frequently collaborate with film director Ram Gopal
Verma, who is known for his thrillers. Her first film with him was
Antham in Telugu, which was dubbed as Drohi (Hindi) in 1992. Since then,
she has starred in numerous subsequent RGV pictures, like Gaayam in
Telugu and her first major hit, the 1995 musical Rangeela. She played a
star-struck dancer in the film, and received her first Filmfare Best
Actress Award nomination for her performance in the film. Following RGV
projects were Daud (1997), Satya (1999), Kaun (1999), Mast (2000),
Jungle (2000), Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya (2001), Bhoot (2003), and Ek Hasina
Her most notable films in the 1990s since Rangeela have been Judaai
alongside Sridevi and Anil Kapoor, and for which she received various
award nominations for Best Supporting Actress and Satya where she proved
her strong dramatic abilities.
During the 2000s, Matondkar revealed strong, dramatic and psychological
features in her roles, and delivered a myriad of critically acclaimed
performances. She won favorable reviews for her role as an obsessive
lover in Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya (2001), and received various Best Villain
nominationsa for her performance.
In 2003, she was part of several projects. She played the role of a
north Indian girl in the background of the 1947 India partition in the
critically acclaimed Pinjar; she played the title role in Khalid
Mohammed's drama Tehzeeb, starring along Shabana Azmi; however, she was
mainly noted for her performance in Bhoot, a horror movie. Matondkar
enacted a ghost-possessed woman; her performance was much appreciated by
critics and audiences and she won her first Filmfare Award under the
Best Performer category, as well as various Best Actress awards at
different award ceremonies, suce as Star Screen Awards, Zee Cine Awards
and Bollywood Movie Awards. She later received the national honour Rajiv
Gandhi Award for the film, as a recognition to her achievement in
In 2004, she was praised for her role as a merciless avenger in Ek
Hasina Thi along with Saif Ali Khan. She played the role of a deceived
woman who is jailed because of her lover, played by Khan, and later
flees from prison to avenge him. Once again, Matondkar was nominated for
her performance in the film.
Next year in 2005, she tried her hand with another horror film, playing
the title role in the film Naina, which failed. However, her performance
as the caring daughter of Anupam Kher in Jahnu Barua's art film Maine
Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara was very well received, and she won her second
Bollywood Movie Award for Best Actress. Following this, Mantondkar was
recognized as one of India's most versatile actresses for these
Apart from holding a successful acting career, she is regarded as an
outstanding dancer and has been a featured performer in many Bollywood
item numbers. Her best-known item number is the Chamma Chamma sequence
from the 1998 China Gate. Other hit numbers include the opening song of
Company and Aaiye Aajaye from the hit film Lajja. She was signed to
perform the item song in Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag, a remake of the 1975
blockbuster Sholay. She played the role originally played by Helen.
In 2007, Matondkar lent her voice for Asha Bhonsle's album Asha and
Friends Vol 1, where she performed with Bhosle the duet song "Mehbooba
Dilruba". In fact, throughout the 1990s – 2000s, Bhosle sang the maximum
number of songs for Urmila.
2002: Bollywood Movie Award - Most Sensational Actress - Pyar Tune Kya
2003: Filmfare Critics Award Best Performance - Bhoot.
2003: 1st Annual Apsara Awards, Best Actress - Bhoot.
2003: Bollywood Movie Award - Best Actress - Bhoot.
2003: Zee Cine Award Best Actor- Female - Bhoot.
2003: Star Screen Award Best Actress - Bhoot.
2003: Rajiv Gandhi Award - achievement in Bollywood.
2006: Bollywood Movie Award - Best Actress - Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara.
1995: Filmfare Best Actress Award - Rangeela
1997: Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award - Judaai
1998: Filmfare Best Actress Award - Satya
2001: Filmfare Best Villain Award - Pyar Tune Kya Kiya.
2003: 1st Annual Apsara Awards, Best Actress - Pinjar.
2003: Filmfare Best Actress Award - Bhoot
2004: Filmfare Best Actress Award - Ek Hasina Thi
2004: Zee Cine Award Best Actor- Female - Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara.