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Urmila's breathless schedule

Her travelling plans seem endless. After wowing West Indies, she's off to Dubai and then Karachi.

india Updated: Jun 15, 2006 17:10 IST
Subhash K Jha (IANS)
Subhash K Jha (IANS)

Jet lag seems to have been invented for Urmila Matondkar. She has barely touched Mumbai after wowing Trinidad and Tobago in the West Indies with her performance, when she's off to Dubai on Thursday to attend the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards.

"I have to go to Dubai because my friend Manish Malhotra has a fashion show there. But I won't be performing this time. Thank god! I'm so exhausted," Urmila said.

It was her first trip to Trinidad and she enjoyed it immensely.


 Urmila's schedule is packed

"Trinidad was so exhilarating. I visited the island for the first time. Though the population there is of Indian origin they don't speak Hindi. But they are crazy about all things in Bollywood. I did one solo act, then my grand finale with Akshay Kumar brought the house down."

Speaking of Akshay brings a smile to Urmila's face.

"Akshay and I go back a long way. We did a film Aflatoon some years ago. He's such a livewire on stage. And if I may say so myself I love dancing. So it's a double pleasure when your partner on stage turns out to be as enthusiastic as Akshay."

Urmila couldn't see much of the beautiful island though.

"We barely got in, rehearsed and went on stage. I wish I could have seen a bit of the island. But the show went so well. I kept hearing these depressing reports about other world concerts from Bollywood. And I got scared. Fortunately, our show in Trinidad was a sell-out."

Back home, Urmila's travelling plans seem endless.

"Onir, my director of Bas Ek Pal, says I should be given a travelling trophy. After I return from Dubai, I'll be going to Karachi."

This would be Urmila's second visit to Pakistan.

"Last year I had been to Lahore. People said it is like Delhi, and that's true. Now I am going to Karachi, which I am told is like Mumbai. So I am sure I'll feel quite at home."

About dropping out of Apoorva Lakhia's Shootout At Lokhandwala, Urmila said, "What is the big deal? Actors are always in and out of projects. I thought it better to opt out now rather than have date issues later. Because I'll be busy with other events during the time the film was to be shot.

"But I am sure Apoorva Lakhia will make a really good film. I have rarely seen a director so passionate about his script. I'd love to work with him in a future project."

First Published: Jun 15, 2006 16:22 IST