Urmila Matondkar Family Photo

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Following a brief setback, Matondkar starred in the commercially successful Aa Gale Lag Ja. The year 1995 marked a turning point for Matondkar when she was cast by Ram Gopal Varma as the female lead in the highly successful romantic drama Rangeela, following which she received widespread praise for her performances, including, the 1997 drama Judaai, the 1998 crime thriller Satya, the 1999 romantic comedy Khoobsurat, the 2000 thriller Jungle and the 2002 psychological romance Deewangee. She also achieved success in Telugu and Tamil cinema with starring roles in Antham (1992), Gaayam (1993), Indian (1996) and Anaganaga Oka Roju (1997). Matondkar later garnered critical recognition for portraying a range of intense psychological characters, including, a serial killer in the 1999 thriller Kaun, an obsessive lover in the 2001 thriller Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya, a possessed woman in the 2003 horror film Bhoot, for which she won a Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress and a violent avenger in the 2004 thriller Ek Hasina Thi. Later, she collaborated with independent filmmakers in art-house projects, including, the dramas Tehzeeb (2003), Pinjar (2003), Naina (2005), Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara (2005), Bas Ek Pal (2006) and the Marathi film Ajoba (2014).

In addition to acting in films, Matondkar is involved with several humanitarian causes and is vocal about issues faced by women and children. She has featured as a talent judge for the 2007 reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa Season 2 . In 2016, she married model Mohsin Akhtar Mir.