shot to fame with Rangeela and that was a turning point
in her career. After Rangeela she did lots of complex
and mature characters in Satya, Kaun, Jungle, Pyar Tune
Kya Kiya etc that catapulted her to be known as a versatile
actress and has established her abilities beyond doubt.
However Urmila is now going through a stagnant phase.
She was last seen performing an item number in Company.
Probably she has come to a point where potential filmmakers
have no exhilarating roles to offer to her and she does
not want insignificant roles. SeasonsIndia correspondent
Sanyukta talks to Urmila about her future plans, her
forthcoming movies and much much more.
Excerpts from the interview
Tell me Urmila why have you simply disappeared? Now
a days you are no-where in the news and you have not
given any releases also lately.
Well……I thought I needed a break. I have been working
very hard with no breaks and there comes a time when
you just want to sit back and relax. Work is always
there but I thought that I am also entitled to some
time for myself and my family.
Are you happy with the
new films you are working on?
Yes. I'm happy with the few films I have on hand. Roles
in films like Pinjar, Bhooth and Ek Haseena Thi are
a challenge. And as the proverbial saying goes 'quality
is better than quantity', I'm happy with these films.
So tell us about
your role in Pinjar.
Well Pinjar deals with the story of India-Pakistan
partition. It tells the story about two people for whom
love just happens and for them religion ceases to exist.
It is an adaptation of Hindi-Punjabi litterateur Amrita
Pritam's novel. I play a simple village girl who goes
through a series of traumatic experiences that change
her life. The story is great and I am sure the audience
will love it.
is it working with Rekha in Ram Gopal Verma's 'Bhoot'?
is splendid. Professional to the core and very sincere.
You have so much to learn from her. I've worked with
her earlier. I played her son (as a child artiste) in
Govind Nihlani's Kalyug many years ago. Now I have taken
a huge leap as her co-star. Her presence makes a lot
of difference to Bhoot and I am very lucky to be a part
of this film. In fact in this film I am working with
all great stars like Rekha, Seema Biswas, Victor Banerjee,
Ajay Devgan etc
They say 'Bhoot' is a copy of
the Hollywood flick 'Ghost' and your new hairdo is actually
inspired from the hairdo of Demi Moore?
nonsense. Bhoot is not based on Ghost. And all those
stories about my having snipped my hair short and lost
weight for a more Demi Moorish look are hog wash.
Tell us about Ek Haseena Thi?
Well, this is actually my favourite of the current projects.
In fact this is the most exciting film of my career.
Debutant director Shreeram Raghavan is a very intelligent
and intense person. I'm sure he'll make a very exciting
film. I am playing the 'haseena' in the film and I am
sure the audience will fall in love with me all over
It was reported that you are
not in good terms with Saif Ali Khan your co-star in
Ek Haseens Thi?
Who writes these things? Saif and I never had problems.
In fact the 4-5 days that I have shot with him, he has
been absolutely cooperative and friendly. Even earlier
whenever I bumped into him he has always been very gentlemanly;
always greeting me warmly and nicely. He is a very nice
person. I don't know what made people think that we
How was it working with Ajay Devgan and Akshaye Khanna
It was a great experience for me. And since I had earlier
done films with Ajay Devgan and Akshaye Khanna I was
absolutely comfortable with them. The script of Deewangee
was very tight and it was a love story with a twist
involving Ajay Devgan, Akshaye Khanna and me hence it
was a challenge for all of us.
But Deewangee didn't do so well at the box office.
Well, what can I say. The audience is the best judge.
We all have put in our best. I have realized that an
actor is like a small fish in the pond; there are many
factors on which a film's success and failure depends
upon. I just do my best and leave the rest to God. There
are situations beyond an artiste's control.
There are reports every where
in the media about your fall out with director Ram Gopal
Verma. What do you have to say?
I have no comments to make on this topic. The media
can write whatever they wish to. I have nothing to say.
It has been reported that Shah
Rukh Khan who has been cast in Ram Gopal's next project
has agreed to work with him only if you are not dropped
from the project. Is that true?
It is absolutely nonsense. And who Ramuji casts in his
film is his decision. I have nothing more to say.
One last question - what are
your future plans. What are your plans of marriage?
Well I don't plan anything. Marriage will happen when
it has to happen. I respect the institution. I take
each day as it comes. So when the time comes I'll be
married. Right now I just want to work hard and concentrate
in my work and be happy and contend with what I have
and what I am.