After deserting the Congress post the 2019 Lok Sabha election debacle, actor-turned-politician Urmila Matondkar on Tuesday officially joined the Shiv Sena. After her joining, Shiv Sena has nominated Urmila Matondkar to the Maharashtra Legislative Council.
The actor joined the Shiv Sena in presence of the party’s chief and Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. It was Thackeray’s wife Rashmi Thackeray who tied ‘Shiv Bandhan’ to Urmila Matondkar.
After joining the Shiv Sena, she tweeted pictures from the event and wrote “Jay Maharashtra”.
Urmila Matondkar left Congress over petty politics
Urmila Matondkar had contested the 2019 general election on a Congress ticket from Mumbai north. But, she lost the election to BJP’s Gopal Shetty. A few months after the defeat, she left the Congress in September last year.
In her statement on her resignation, Urmila Matondkar said, “My political and social sensibilities refuse to allow vested interests in the party to use me as a means to fight petty in-house politics instead of working on a bigger goal in Mumbai Congress.”
Urmila Matondkar said the thought of resignation came to her after no action was taken regarding her letter in which she had criticised close aides of senior party leader Sanjay Nirupam.
Urmila Matondkar film career
Urmila Matondkar is known for her work in Hindi films, in addition to Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam and Marathi cinema. She has received numerous accolades, including the Filmfare Award and the Nandi Award. During her career as a leading actress, she established a distinctive on-screen persona and was identified with her intense style and dancing skills.
After making her debut as a child in the 1977 film Karm, Matondkar gained wide recognition with Masoom (1983), following which she appeared in few other films. Her first adult role came with the Malayalam film Chanakyan (1989), and her first adult role in Hindi cinema came with the action drama Narsimha (1991), both of which were commercial successes.
Matondkar established herself as a leading actress of Bollywood with the romantic drama Rangeela (1995), following which she achieved further success with the drama Judaai (1997), the crime film Satya (1998), the romantic comedy Khoobsurat (1999), and the thriller Jungle (2000). She also achieved success in Telugu and Tamil cinema with starring roles in Antham (1992), Gaayam (1993), Indian (1996) and Anaganaga Oka Roju (1997).
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