The actor is judging a dance reality show and was holding forth on her love for high-spirited musicals


Dance diva Urmila Matondkar made cinematic history and swayed into the hearts of millions when she pirouetted to AR Rahman’s tunes in her super hit musical ‘Rangeela.’ The film’s songs and dance sequences remain etched in the memories of her legions of fans and decades later, the actor is still asked questions about her special affinity for musicals. Urmila who is currently judging a dance reality show, shared that she indeed loves watching musicals and is eagerly awaiting Zee Theatre’s presentation of ‘Hairspray Live!’, on TataPlay Theatre this month. The Emmy-winning musical is one of her many favourites that she wishes to see in India.

Talking about her steadfast love for musicals, she said, “We Indians have a natural affinity for music and no matter what the occasion, we like to sing and celebrate. Music runs in our blood and our cinema too reflects that passion and is known the world over for its song and dance sequences. I love musicals regardless of their themes and context and so whenever I go abroad, I make time to watch Broadway and West End musicals. And I always end up imagining how they could be redone with an Indian context.”


Urmila also said she would love to play a version of Peter Pan or to act in a narrative like ‘Hairspray’ on stage. She added, “That is the dream! It would be wonderful to perform in a musical live on stage because that is where you connect with the audience in the most direct and pure way.  I truly believe, there always was and always will be an audience for musicals.”