By: Raymond Ronamai
Monday, July 02, 2007
The world is changing and so too is Bollywood. In fact, it is changing so fast that morale police are finding it too hot to handle. Some people are always around to make a feast out of sleaze films while others are under cultural shock. Whatever maybe, someone is always there to make sure that the show goes on. Heroines are usually roped in for mere glamour quotient in Indian cinema. They are usually pushed to the backseat while heroes are glorified. But there are a few women who have changed the face of Bollywood like no man could.
It was actress Helen who drove men beyond imaginations with her revealing moves in the 1970s. Several girls came after Helen to make a change, and Madhuri Dixit was one of them. She mesmerized the audience with her flawless dance moves besides her hot looks. However, there is one invincible woman who changed Bollywood all together. And the girl is Urmila Matondkar.
Ram Gopal Varma extracted the best out of Urmila Matondkar through his film Rangeela. He rightly spotted her strength and Urmila seized the opportunity with open arms. People could not believe their eyes when she romanced hero Jackie Shroff on the screens. Nobody would help because she seemed to have taken away the reasoning power of the morale police.
What is so special about Urmila's performance in Rangeela is that she changed the very perception of being sexy. She gave out a message to the world and Indians in particular that being sexy is cool. She made everything so sensual and at the same time kept away from vulgarity. Her confidence altered the mindset of the public like never before.
Today, there are lots of girls in Bollywood like Mallika Sherawat, Rakhi Sawant and Nisha Kothari to name a few, who are regularly hitting the headlines with their 'dare-bare' attitude and some are even getting into trouble because of it. Amongst these girls, Mallika Sherawat seems to be the hottest. She is well known even abroad. In fact, her on screen performance earned her the chance to act with Hollywood actor Jackie Chan in the film The Myth but Urmila is well ahead of her.
Urmila is indeed confidence personified. She knows what a guy wants and she knows how to do it sensibly. In short, she is very much responsible for bringing about transition in Bollywood and changing the perception of the public on heroines. Kudos to Urmila for blending sensuality and sensibility.