Q. Hi Urmila, you look very beautiful these days, whats the secret? A. (Laughs) Oh my God, for once you have compelled me to think about this but all said and done thank you very much. EMI and Karzzzz, two films of mine, are on the verge of release and they are poles apart from each other. In both the films I play two different characters. As you can see my role in EMI is devoid of any glamour, its completely deglamourised and its more on the lines of a sweet and simple girl next door where as in Karzzzz its completely the opposite. In Karzzzz my character is that of a woman who is conniving, manipulating and scheming - all rolled into one.
URMILA MATONDKAR opens up on EMI, Karzzzz with Rajan Singh
Hi Urmila, you look very beautiful these days, whats the secret?
(Laughs) Oh my God, for once you have compelled me to think about this but all said and done thank you very much. EMI and Karzzzz, two films of mine, are on the verge of release and they are poles apart from each other. In both the films I play two different characters. As you can see my role in EMI is devoid of any glamour, its completely deglamourised and its more on the lines of a sweet and simple girl next door where as in Karzzzz its completely the opposite. In Karzzzz my character is that of a woman who is conniving, manipulating and scheming - all rolled into one. And for the precise reason I am very excited. In terms of genres both the films are different and the same holds true for both the characters also. It was fantastic doing both the characters.
Its not only me but people too are of the opinion that just a mere glimpse of Karzzzz promo and its very evident that you hold an edge over Himesh in terms of individual performances. Do you agree?
No, there is nothing like that. I dont agree with you that films turn out to be good just by having a mere edge over other performers. When people do justice to their roles then only good films are made. I personally think Himesh has done full justice to his role and has done a fantastic job. I am pretty confident that the masses will surely like this film when it theatres.
EMI marks the reunion of two great actors Sanju and you after a long gap. How was it meeting Sanju after such a long gap?
It was a total laugh riot when we met on the sets of EMI on the first day. Sanju asked me something and I just cracked up laughing. And after that I was only laughing only on the sets on the very first day of our shoot. It was great catching up with him after so long. In fact I was really looking forward to catching up with him because he has been one of my favourite co-stars. Sanju is a wonderful, warm and a nice human being and such a terrific actor. Where else would you get such a fantastic combination of so many things? After we met we caught up on so many things. I pulled his legs on many things and he too did the same to me. This happened throughout the shooting of the film. And Saurabh who is the director of the film helped both of us in having this mad and wacky period, which we both thoroughly enjoyed. Saurabh has done a superb job despite the fact that EMI is his debut film. Saurabh was very focussed in his vision as to what he expected of his actors. The role of an actor gets defined clearly because of this clear vision and it really helps us.
Do you believe in the fact that the lives of people are divided into instalments on the lines of EMI?
Yes, I completely believe so. I truly believe in the fact that EMIs are sad stories of our lives. Yes life is surely divided in instalments and it does get over, repaying them. I never knew that EMIs are such big deals in the lives of people. When I did EMI, I got to realise this and I really felt bad for people who have to go through this phase but I guess EMIs are part of our lives.
Through this film a very serious message too comes out in a comic manner. Was it all intended to come out with a message when the shooting for the film was in progress?
You will surely get a message though there was no any such intention involved. People will get a message automatically when they will see the film - you have to pay what you have taken. So try avoiding taking it in first place. But as you said earlier, despite being a serious subject the plot of the film has been given a very light vein treatment and thats also the fun part and the USP of the film. Its basically a soft entertaining which will make you laugh at regular intervals.
How do you choose your roles? Which are the characters that often excite you?
I think after you see both my forthcoming releases, EMI and Karzzzz, you will get your answer. I always look for those roles that I have never done before and when I get an opportunity to do such roles through any of character, it really excites me. There is just no fun involved in repeating things. There was no fun before nor will it happen ever in future. Both the films, as I had said earlier are of two different genres. In terms of the character of the film, both the film really made me sit back and think about them.
Sanju plays the role of Sattar Bhai in EMI, a recovery agent; do you think such characters exist in real life?
I think if there is any recovery agent like Sattar Bhai in real life then more people will end up taking loans than ever before (laughs).
Ok, tell us a bit about your character in the film? Do you end up taking any loan from any bank in the film?
Basically I play the role of this woman called Prerna whose husband is no more and is in a state of desperation. She is completely without any kind of support. She has to support herself and carry on with her life. So to get out of that desperate situation she resorts to loan and then to get out of the previous loan she goes for another loan. So in a way it was endless and while listening to the script of the film I realised that the whole circle of taking loans and EMIs was endless and a sad situation. The movie on the contrary is funny and hilarious and keeps you smiling. The film is a slice of life with a bit of smile rather than an element of sadness.
The response to promos of Karzzzz has been terrific. Whats your response?
Thank you. I think there has been a super thumping response to the promos. I myself am in a state of surprise and its still on. But one thing that I will repeat again is the fact that both the movies of mine have got nothing to do with each other. In one film I play this sweet simple, the girl next door who is vulnerable while in the other she is the glamour queen who is very manipulative.
EMI is a Diwali release; dont you think too much of competition would be happening around that time?
Competition is always there and I think it will always be there. EMI is a family entertainer and we are absolutely positive that it will be able to bring enough people to the theatres and they will do justice to the film.
Thanks a ton.