There are actresses who are much beyond the glamorous looks and matching their dance steps with the lead hero while expressing her love. Urmila Matondkar is one such actress, who dared to do different kind of roles, which were least attempted by any female during those times.
Let us look at the various roles that make the birthday girl, who isn't much active on the big screen anymore, worth remembering even several years later.
The film that made her a household name! Though Aamir's tapori act won our hearts, it wouldn't have been possible had RGV not shown a contrasting portrayal of the young, wild, care-free and ambitious Mili Joshi who aspires to become an actress. And surely, no one else could have done the role better than Urmila, who set the screen on fire with Jackie Shroff in the song â€œtanha tanha yahan pe jeenaâ€.
Years before Bipasha Basu was tagged as the horror queen of B-town, we had another actress who acted in horror-thriller movies minus playing the same kind of role every time but rather shocking us with a twist in her character; and 'Kaun' was one such movie filled with brilliant performances by Urmila, Manoj Bajpayee and Sushant Singh.
While 'Kaun' was being considered as the big one in the horror genre, Urmila and RGV's Jodi came back with another one- much bigger and more spine-chilling! Urmila's possessed act won her several awards too.
4. Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya:
If 'Darr' had King Khan as the psycho lover, this one had Urmila playing the same! Urmila, the pioneer in playing different and psychological roles, was brilliant and different in this one too, as the villain.
5. Maine Gandhi Ko Nahi Maara:
If an actress can play such challenging roles, then playing a protective and caring daughter so affectionately must have been like a sleepwalk for Urmila who was, once again, brilliant and managed to stand out.
The last time we saw her was in the Himesh Reshamiya starrer 'Karzzzz'. Given the tough competition and new breed of talented actresses, we do not know if we would see her making a comeback; but we are thankful to her for all those performances and wish her lots of luck.