SRINAGAR: Actress politician, Urmila Matondkar has heaped praises over her susral, Kashmir. In a television serial about the exceptional dancer-mothers, which she will be judging with two others, she shared her own experiences.
“The act truly made me nostalgic and made me feel so lucky to have my husband in my life. To be honest, I am married to a person who belongs to the most heavenly place in this world – Kashmir. I still remember, before marriage, I used to roam almost everywhere, both nationally as well as internationally, but I never visited Kashmir,” Urmila said while sharing her own experiences about marriages. She is one of three stars who is judging the programme.
“In fact, after my marriage, I went to Kashmir for the first time, and was really amazed and mesmerised to see the real Jannat on this earth with my better half. I wished I had gone earlier, but I guess it was destiny,” she added.
Along with Remo D’Souza, Bhagyashree Dassani, Urmila will mentor and guide the talented moms through their journey, and help them achieve their dreams. Urmila’s statement came in the third edition of DID Super Moms which started with Shaadi special in which the 12 participants put their best foot forward. It was this special episode that reminded the judges to tell their own stories as the script demands so.
Urmila is married to a Kashmir Mohsin Akhter Mir. They celebrated their sixth wedding anniversary on March 3. “They had a Hindu wedding in a mandap on the terrace, followed by a nikaah ceremony,” one newspaper report said. “The couple first met at fashion designer Manish Malhotra’s niece Riddhi Malhotra’s wedding in 2014, but kept their relationship secret and declared it to the world only after their marriage.”
Post marriage, she alleged that she was trolled a lot as her in-laws and husband were termed, terrorists. “He was called a terrorist, a Pakistani. I mean, there is a limit to where it should go… They have even infiltrated my Wikipedia page and they have gone and put my mother’s name as Rukhsana Ahmed and my father’s name as Shivinder Singh, two human beings who must be living somewhere in India but I don’t know of. My father’s name is Shrikant Matondkar and my mother’s name is Sunita Matondkar,” she said in an interview.
“To top it all, my husband is not only a Muslim but a Kashmiri Muslim. We both follow our religions in an equally staunch way. That gave them a bigger platform to troll me and constantly target him and his family. It was very unfortunate.”
Being a politician, she was in news in August 2019, when the parliament binned Jammu and Kashmir’ special status. She said the communication blockade had prevented her from talking to her parents-in-law for a long time despite the fact that both of them are diabetic. “The question is not about abrogating Article 370,” she said, “but the manner in which it was done.” Then, she was with Shiv Sena, a party she later left.