Urmila Matondkar opens up about her struggle: 'Nonstop nonsense was written about me, I did face nepotism'
Urmila opened up about her struggle during her initial days. She also talked about nepotism during her times in the industry.
Urmila Matondkar had been a part of the entertainment industry as a child artist. When she grew up, she became a superstar with films like Rangeela, Satya, Pinjar, Ek Hasina Thi among others in her filmography. Now, the actress has joined politics and is actively involved with it. In a recent interview, she has opened up about facing nepotism and about her struggle early in her career.
Talking to ETimes, she opened up about how she was written off and how bad things were written about her regularly. She said, "I underwent tremendous struggle in my own way. I was still an introvert. I never visited any producer’s office with my pictures. My parents were not connected to the film industry in the remotest way. I came from a simple middle-class family. There was no chance in hell for me to make it here. But destiny played its role. I happened to get the role in 'Narsimha' because the actress, who was signed for it, suffered a fracture. The climax was to be shot with 500 junior artistes and me where I’d to dance and sing. And I had no training in dance!"
She also added, "But even before that I was told off. That I’d never make it because I had nobody in the industry. I didn’t have a famous surname. The media in the ’90s was ruthless. I was ‘trolled’ for ‘making faces’, for not knowing this or that. Nonstop nonsense was written about me. That went on for four years, until 'Rangeela' (1995) happened."
On being asked whether she ever faced nepotism, she said, "Absolutely! I did face nepotism though I didn’t speak about it that time. It would have been viewed as a ‘sour grapes’ attitude. Or ‘Nach na jaane aangan teda.’ Whether it’s politics, films, or any other industry, nepotism is as much there as the sun, moon and stars. It’s obvious in the film industry because it’s in the public eye."
Well, we love how Urmila had created a niche for herself and has left an indelible mark in the industry. We hope she makes her comeback soon!