Birth date: 4th February
"Rangeela managed to give Urmila’s career a much-needed boost. For this movie she got the filmfare award for best actress. In this movie she came out with a glamorous look. This movie had created a new trend for costumes. Her role in this film as an extra who want to become an actress, perfectly brought out Urmila’s bubbly side, even though the acting called for some refinement. And the credit for her being recognized as an actress goes completely to besotted director Ram Gopal Verma. From this film she was recognized as the most sexiest and appealing actress. She also became the lucky mascot of Ram Gopal Verma. She had done Koan, Satya, Pyar Tu Ne Kya Kiya which proved that she is not a sex symbol only. She got the critic award as an actress for Pyar Tu Ne Kya Kiya. Urmila challengingly took up the role of the other woman in Mere Sapno Ki Rani with Madhoo and Judaai with Sridevi.
Urmila has an amazing ability to reinvent herself. For long she created the wave of her sensuality, arming herself with every pout and pose in the book. She had perfected the art of pin-up girl. But in 2003 she did a turn around, her four movies released Tehzeeb, Ek Hasina Thi, Pinjar, Bhoot. In Tehzeeb in her role she brought subtle and controlled anger. One who is waiting to erupt, yet looks so calm on the outside. It was a intense movie. Ek Hasina Thi was a action thriller. She has given technically refined performances in the movie. Pinjar had not done well but still in that she has shown her audacity. This show she is not trapped by her career moves. Her spine chilling performance in Bhoot was highly praised by people. These type of roles very few heroine's do."
I first saw Urmila on the cover of the soundtrack CD for Tehzeeb, which I bought without having seen the movie (my first Bollywood-related purchase, mind you). I thought she looked great, and I loved the music so I thought I'd check out the show. I'm glad I did, since it proved to be a very good movie.
Urmila is a terrific actress. Not only has she been blessed with astonishingly good looks, she's also one of the most talented women to appear on screen. Her range is impressive. I challenge anyone to watch Rangeela followed by Ek Hasina Thi, and tell me they are not amazed that this is the same actress. I will happily watch anything with her in it.