‘Rangeela’ girl Urmila Matondkar joins congress

After a meeting with party chief Rahul Gandhi, Bollywood actress Urmila Matondkar joins the congress party. Congress president Rahul Gandhi welcomed her to the party. She is expected to be a Congress candidate in Mumbai in 2019 Lok Sabha election.

"I am taking my first step in active politics. I am from a family that has shaped my political views based on the ideology of Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and Sardar Patel. It is another matter that despite being from an academics-oriented family, I joined films. But I had social awareness right from childhood," said the actor, flanked by Mumbai Congress chief Milind Deora and his predecessor Sanjay Nirupam.

"I know when filmstars enter politics, they are expected to pull in voters because of their glamour. I would request you to keep such thoughts away when it comes to me," she said to reporters.

After being named Mumbai Congress chief, Milind Deora, addressing his first press conference in Delhi said: "I have known Urmila-ji for years. She is not just one of India's finest artistes, but someone who is extremely opinionated on issues affecting our society and someone taking the political step for the long run to serve the country through the Congress party."

Urmila stepped into the acting world as a child artist in the film ‘Masoom’. In her long career, Urmila Matondkar has starred opposite top actors in films like Narasimha, Chamatkar, Indian, Judaai, Daud, Satya, Kaun, Ek Hasina Thi, Bhoot and Maine Gandhi Ko Nahi Maara, Rangeela.