‘I don’t have to fit into Mallika’s shoes’

Chak Dhoom Dhoom’s new judge Urmila Matondkar enters in the gala round, says she doesn't have to fit into the shoes of the former judge Mallika Sherawat.
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Updated on Jan 21, 2011 03:47 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByRachana Dubey, Mumbai

"I don’t have to fit into Mallika Sherawat’s shoes on the show,” states actor Urmila Matondkar, who enters

Chak Dhoom Dhoom Season Two

as the lady celebrity judge, the position held by actor Mallika Sherawat up until Tuesday night.

Our source from the channel, on the condition of anonymity, says that the channel and the crew had a tough time shooting with Sherawat. It’s learnt that she walked out of the shoots randomly, the episodes were produced by cheating her comments, and that she had showdowns almost every shooting day.

Bring the issues up with her, and Matondkar seems unperturbed. “I enter the show in the gala round. From that point, the show takes a completely different twist. I don’t need to think about anything that happened before I entered or that was done by anyone else. I will bring my own kind of energy to the judges’ panel,” she says enthusiastically. “I can never be anyone’s replacement, especially not after all the work I have behind me.”

Matondkar returns to the small screen after a gap of three years. She made her debut with

Waar Parivaar

, the 2008 musical reality show on Sony Entertainment. After


in 2009, she wasn’t seen in a movie either. “I entered the industry as myself, not as someone’s daughter or niece. I didn’t repeat my acts. I’ve worked with every single top star and director. After that, there are few offers that genuinely impress me. I don’t mind waiting for good work to come my way. There’s more to life than work,” she says with a smile.

The actor is already prepared to face the camera. She has watched the performances on video and is ready with her parameters. “Performers to me are worshippers of God. When I dance, I’m in the best state of mind and body. I think that should be the case with everyone who performs from the heart. A group that presents itself as one entity with great energy, choreography and spirit is a winner,” asserts Matondkar.

She’s also excited to be working with Javed Jaffery and choreographer Terence Lewis again. “Terence and I worked together for a stage show where he created a


Moulin Rouge with

Chamma chamma



). He made me dance in five styles in that single act, including four foreign forms. It was so crisp and the moves were fantastic,” she recalls. “And from the time I have entered the industry as an actor, I’ve seen Javed dance. He’s a school in himself.”

Matondkar, for the last two years, has watched all dance reality shows, apart from travelling, reading and learning music. “I’m going to start learning the guitar. That’s a passion for me now,” she beams. “These two years gave me space to read the books that I couldn’t when I was working three shifts a day. And now, I’m back to the studios and to the dance floor!”

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