Urmila is a messenger of peace too
Urmila Matondkar, the first ever discovery of Ram Gopal Verma has many dimensions in her personality. She has been a ravishing and colorful mermaid in 'Rangeela', but reformed herself as a thoughtful actress in 'Pinjar' and 'Ek Hasina Thi'. She has been courageous too as to...
...launch the music of 'Pinjar' at Wagah on the Indo-Pak border. She justified the movie by its launch on border since the film has been made in the backdrop of partition of India in 1947.
After the anti-Pak slogans in many Hindi films, no body could have thought of bringing a theme of peace between the two warring countries as Urmila did. However, the entertainment industries in both countries have been found now trying to create an atmosphere of cultural bondage between them. Luckily, Urmila was the chosen goodwill ambassador to Pakistan for a UN video, which got an overwhelmingly positive response as she was termed as "messenger of peace" by many. There is a noteworthy development across the border. Recently, a Pakistani newspaper "Herald" acknowledged Urmila and the film 'Pinjar' as priceless contributions from Indian Cinema towards the cause of peace in the sub-continent. 'Pinjar' was the first directorial venture of Dr. Chandraprakash Trivedi that based his film on Amrita Pritam's novel.
And here too, Urmila played the character "Puro" that has vivid shades of life. While talking to the media she expressed her love and affection towards the people of Pakistan during her stay there for the shooting of the music video with some Pakistani actors. Urmila's trip to Lahore was quite pleasing and memorable as she got the love of the common people. During her stay in Lahore she claimed the atmosphere of Old Delhi. As an actress she has visited many countries, she says that this was quite different. There she was graced with culture and heritage of the country. It was a learning experience for her as she came across many ethnic and cultural things. Brimming with confidence she narrates the vivid memories of her visit to the Wagah border, especially the standing ovation she got there. Many thought it was risky for her to visit Pakistan at that juncture, but she proved them wrong; Pakistani crowds were crazy about Bollywood stars.
Urmila says that her father was once associated with "People's Forum", an organization that stood for Indo-Pak friendly relations. He was also associated with another organization too that emanated from Chennai for this cause. She adds that she was overwhelmed by the love and affection of the people in Pakistan. She talked to common men on streets to clear her doubts. She stresses on the need for cultural exchanges between the two countries. She claims that she couldn't trace anything anti-Indian there. Urmila believes that she has had the proud privilege of lighting the torch of love and peace. Urmila's work in 'Pinjar' caught the attention of everyone as the film's story was based on horrible things that followed the partition. She expressed her gratitude as she personally felt the pain of the people who were traumatized during the partition, and that they led to the bitterness and hatred in the next generation. However, she is dead sure that this myth of future hatred and enmity between the peoples of the two countries would be blasted soon.
Urmila has got a huge fan following in Pakistan and the love they showered on her proved it. Urmila believes that if any established Pakistani actor visits India he would be received with the same warmth and affection. The recent visit of Pakistani actor Imran Ali Khan to India during the promotional tour of Sohail Khan's forthcoming venture 'I -Proud to be Indian'. Similarly, Pooja Bhatt's forthcoming 'Paap' has the musical affluence of talented Pakistani singer like Ali Azmat. Will the broken barriers of friendship between the neighboring countries be cemented with the love and understanding? Urmila's new role as a "messenger of love" has been widely welcomed in the industry and outside.