It’s Urmila Matondkar’s birthday today with the actress turning a phenomenal 47. Can you believe it? She doesn’t look a day over 25, right? Urmila has predominantly worked in Bollywood, but has also done some work in Telugu, Marathi, Malayalam and Tamil movies. She began her career in the entertainment world as a child artiste in the 1977 film, Karm, and later gained widespread attention for her portrayal of Pinky in 1983’s Masoom. One of her most loved and remembered role is that of Mili Joshi in 1995’s Rangeela.
However, did you know that she was not the first choice for the Ram Gopal Varma directorial? Yes, you read that right. While talking to Bollywood Hungama on the occasion of Rangeela’s 25th anniversary, the actress revealed that Nagarjuna and Sridevi were the first choices for Mili and Munna. “We were not the first choice for the film. Originally, Sridevi, Nagarjuna and a Tamil star were supposed to be in the film. The Tamil star was out, then Sridevi and somebody else. A lot went down in the character casting and eventually we three were finalised,” she had told the portal.
“Rangeela's beauty was to run behind your dreams and passion. But, in doing so, you shouldn't leave behind the small things that bring happiness. This may look like a small thought but it is a very crucial one in our lives. That was shown in a very beautiful way and it touches your heart. Rangeela captures the beauty of everything,” the actress added.
Urmila Matondkar had also revealed that she wrote fan mail to Aamir Khan during the dubbing session. She disclosed how she had been fan-girling on his work since Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak. “So, I was dubbing in Sumeet Theatre and when you dub the film, you go through the film several times. The day my dubbing was going to wrap up, I asked for a paper from the assistant. Then, I wrote a fan mail to Aamir. I wrote that - ‘After this film, a lot of people will praise you but I just want in a humble way to be the first one to tell you that you are beyond awesome in this film. You have made ‘Munna’ a legend through this film. I just wanted to tell you that’,” she had confessed.
On that note, wish you a very happy birthday, Urmila Matondkar, or should we say the evergreen Rangeela girl.
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