Urmila Matondkar (Marathi: उर्मिला मातोंडकर) (born on 4 February 1974 in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India) is an Indian film actress.
Matondkar, who made her screen debut as a child artist in the 1980 film Kalyug, debuted as an adult in Narasimha (1991). She established herself as a popular actress of mainstream Hindi cinema with her roles in films like Rangeela (1995), Judaai (1997), and Satya (1998), all of which earned her Filmfare nominations. These roles contributed to a new screen persona, where she was known for her intense style and dancing skills, and was frequently featured in the Indian media as a sex symbol.
She subsequently took on several psychological roles, and has delivered a range of critically acclaimed performances. Among these included her roles as a psychopath in Kaun (1999), an obsessive lover in Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya (2001), a ghost-possessed woman in Bhoot (2003), and a merciless avenger in Ek Hasina Thi (2004). For her performance in Bhoot, she won her first Filmfare Award in the Best Actress (Critics) category, as well as several other awards for Best actress at a number of award ceremonies. She followed it with leading roles in art and independent films, such as Tehzeeb (2003), Pinjar (2003), Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara (2005) and Bas Ek Pal (2006).
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