Urmila Matondkar is an Indian film actress, who has appeared in Marathi, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, and Malayalam language films. Her film roles contributed to a then-new screen persona for a Hindi film heroine, in which she was known for her intense style and dancing skills.Matondkar made her acting debut as a child in Shreeram Lagoo's 1980 marathi film Zaakol and went on to feature in several other films as a child. As an adult, her first release was the Malayalam film Chanakyan (1989). She went to star in several Bollywood films, including the Ram Gopal Varma-directed musical drama Rangeela (1995), the drama Judaai (1997), and the crime thriller Satya (1998), all of which earned her Filmfare Award nominations. These roles established her in Bollywood and earned her the tag of a sex symbol. Matondkar also gained recognition in Telugu and Tamil cinema with roles in Antham (1992), Gaayam (1993), Indian (1996), and Anaganaga Oka Roju (1997).In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Urmila garnered critical praise for portraying a range of intense, psychological characters. Among these roles were that of a serial killer in Varma's Kaun (1999), an obsessive lover in Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya (2001), a possessed woman in Varma's Bhoot (2003), and a violent avenger in Ek Hasina Thi (2004). For her performance in Bhoot, she won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress. She has also played leading roles in lesser-publicised films of independent directors, including Tehzeeb (2003), Pinjar (2003), Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara (2005), Bas Ek Pal (2006), and the Marathi film Ajoba (2014).