"Each time I come to Kolkata, I have to carry back these huge bags of delicious sweets," says Urmila Matondkar when quizzed about her hurricane trip to Kolkata recently.
Urmila makes her debut on the small screen as one of the judges of Super Stars, a new talent hunt show on Sahara One.
So, will Urmila have the time for TV? She answers in the positive. "I work in a very systematic manner so that won't be a problem. Earlier on, I said no to TV because I didn't have the time but this offer has come at the right time," adds the actor over phone from Mumbai.
After a whole lot of serious cinema, Urmila is dying to do a comedy
She wants to make it clear that she won't be harsh on the contestants. "You cannot look down upon them since so much effort goes into it. There are people who don't make it to talent hunt shows but make it to the top."
Will it be difficult to live up to the expectations of Urmila Matondkar? "I am a non-controversial person. I am very positive minded and it is wonderful to promote fresh talent," adds the actor who has two releases coming up, Onir's Bas Ek Pal and Vikram Bhatt's Speed. Also watch out for her in Ram Gopal Varma's Sholay. The two films about to release are diametrically opposite.
In Bas Ek Pal she stars with Sanjay Suri, Juhi Chawla and Jimmy Sheirgill among others. Urmila is all praise for the film and its director. "It's on relationships and the treatment is so real that the audience can actually identify with it," says Urmila.
She feels that Onir's treatment is as good as the standards of international cinema. Urmila plays Anamika, a civil engineer and is one of the five characters whose life changes thanks to one incident.
"She is sexy and glamorous yet sensitive. So real is the subject that I could relate to Anamika at every step," says Urmila. The film is such that there's nobody in a central role, she adds.
Urmila has a glam look in Speed, which also stars Zayed Khan and Aftab Shivdasani. "It is an edge-of-the-seat thriller," she says. So do we get to see the glamorous Urmila back on screen after a string of not-so-glamorous roles? "Some say I looked sexy even in one of my non-glam looks," she laughs.
Films and now television. What next? If there is anything that Urmila is still craving for, it has to be comedy. "I am dying to do comedy with David Dhawan and Priyadarshan. I have done a lot of serious cinema and now it's time for fun," says Urmila.