BE­ING SE­DUC­TIVE IS PART OF WOMANHOOD: UR­MILA

Ac­tor Ur­mila Ma­tond­kar says there’s a very thin line be­tween be­ing se­duc­tive and vul­gar

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From be­ing the bub­bly girl in Rangeela (1995) to a film­star in Mast (1999), from a psy­cho lover in Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya (2001) to her re­cent ap­pear­ance in the song Be­wafa Beauty (from the re­cently-re­leased Black­mail), Ur­mila Ma­tond­kar has never failed to prove her act­ing prow­ess, danc­ing skills and de­sir­abil­ity. The ac­tor says, as a woman, she al­ways finds the tough but right chord to be se­duc­tive and not vul­gar as the line is very thin. “Be­ing se­duc­tive is a part of womanhood and if a woman feels it strongly as a part of her per­son­al­ity, it is never rep­re­sented in a wrong way. There is a very thin line be­tween be­ing se­duc­tive and vul­gar. I think I never fell in the grey area or went over the top be­cause I am a strong­headed ac­tor. So what­ever bold dance that I per­formed on-screen, it never looked vul­gar,” she says.

It is very in­ter­est­ing how Ur­mila’s song Be­wafa beauty teases the in­tel­lect of a man in the film. “Wasn’t that fun to watch?” Ur­mila laughs. “Lyri­cally and con­tex­tu­ally, the song is very in­ter­est­ingly put out and I liked that part. Hav­ing said that it was not my con­scious de­ci­sion to be a part of this song, but I was just try­ing out some­thing very dif­fer­ent that has not hap­pened in the re­cent past,” says the ac­tor.

In times of so­cial me­dia, sev­eral ac­tor are of­ten the tar­get of trolls. Ask her if she thinks peo­ple are be­com­ing over crit­i­cal, and Ur­mila says, “Yes, that is hap­pen­ing. But in the era of so­cial me­dia, when we are putting out our videos, pho­tos for pro­mo­tional pur­pose and giv­ing our au­di­ence a chance to share their opin­ion, we should ex­pect both good and bad. Oth­er­wise, one shouldn’t put it out there at the first place.”

She is quick to add, “There is a dif­fer­ence be­tween con­struc­tive crit­i­cism and per­sonal at­tack. As ac­tors, we should iden­tify that be­fore con­sid­er­ing the opin­ion. One should never take the lat­ter to their heart, never.”

Ur­mila has done a mix of main­stream and con­tent­driven films like Pin­jar (2003) and Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara (2005). Was it a con­scious de­ci­sion to bal­ance out both kinds of cin­ema? “Not re­ally, be­cause for me, ev­ery char­ac­ter that I play is an ex­pe­ri­ence. So, the cri­te­ria were to try out some­thing that I have never done be­fore. Then of course over­all story and the di­rec­tor,” she says.

PHOTO: YOGEN SHAH

Ur­mila Ma­tond­kar fea­tures in the song Be­wafa Beauty from the re­cently­re­leased Black­mail

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