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Urmila?s hiatus from glamour continues

She plays yet another de-glam role in Banaras, writes Deepti Kaul. Film preview

india Updated: Apr 01, 2006 20:17 IST
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The Rangeela and Mast girl seems to have given a serious break to glamourous roles. Urmila Matondkar’s last release was the critically acclaimed Maine Gandhik ko nahi mara. Her forthcoming movie is yet another hatke movie, Banaras—a mystic love story.

”I have done enough Rangeela kind of movies. I have shown the audience new meanings of glamour. Now I want to do something more than what I am doing or what I have done in the past,” says the actor.

Urmila also disagrees with the concept of different genres of movies.“I do not believe in the word offbeat or mainstream. And I don’t want to do what every other girl is doing”, she lashes.

In fact, Urmila is keen to use her star status to promote films that are good. “We just say that the film industry is not making good films. But we also need to do something about it. Actors like me are using our star symbol to break this vicious circle and do something different”.

Urmila is currently busy with the promotional tour of Banaras…, which the actor claims, taught her new meanings of life.

"Banaras was a challenging experience, especially the second half, which has some intense scenes. I did not want it to become a sermonising act. Rather I wanted the audience to connect to my character, Shwetambari,” she states.

Directed by Pankuj Parashar, the movie deals with a variety of relationships—the attachment of a loving daughter with her parents and her soul mate. The movie also stars Naseeruddin Shah, Dimple Kapadia, Raj Babbar and Ashmit Patel.

Among Urmila‘s forthcoming projects are Viram Bhatt’s next, Speed with Zayed Khan and Harry Baweja’s movie, Bas ek pal.

First Published: Apr 02, 2006 11:00 IST