The last time Urmila Matondkar did a children’s film - Chhota Chetan - was about eight years ago. The country’s first 3D film was re-released in 1998 with a song sequence performed by Matondkar. Now the gorgeous actor will again be seen in a children’s film based on a Ruskin Bond story.
Titled Non Stop Fun, the film is directed by ad filmmaker Sunil Advani for 9 Lives Films. Says Matondkar, “It’s a wonderful story by Ruskin Bond on two boys who run away from their boarding school in Mussourie and are headed for Jamnagar. The story traces their journey through cities like Dehradun, Meerut, Delhi, Jaipur, Ahmedabad and the different kinds of people they meet along the way and their experiences with them.”
On her role in the film, she says, “I’m playing a music teacher who these boys meet along their journey. And there’s also a song that follows their interaction where she’s talking to them about music.”
Matondkar says the role is reminiscent of Julie Andrews’s character in The Sound Of Music. Jeet Ganguly (Jeet-Pritam of Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai) has composed some really wonderful music for it.”
On choosing Urmila for the role, Advani says, “Since the role is something like the one Julie Andrews played in The Sound Of Music, we needed an actress who would do justice to the character. We needed someone who is not only a great dancer, but also a fabulous actress, who can express the music with her performance. She fitted the bill perfectly and has taken the film to a higher level. More so because her char acter, which enters just before the cli max, brings about a major turn in the course of the story.”
Saksham Kulkarni, who put out an award-winning performance in the Nana Patekar Marathi film Pak Pakka Pak, and Sonu are playing the two boys. Apart from Urmila, the film also sees cameos by Jackie Shroff, Govinda, Satish Shah and Mukesh Tiwari.
“Jackie plays a chool coach, while Satish Shah plays a police inspector.
We’ve yet to shoot with Govinda, who plays a truck driver.” Predictably, Mukesh Tiwari plays a negative role, “But it’s the surprise of the film,” says Advani.