New Delhi: Bollywood actress Urmila Matondkar might contest the forthcoming Lok Sabha Elections 2019 as a Congress candidate from Mumbai North constituency. If reports are to be believed, her name is at “an advanced stage of consideration by the party leadership” and that the final decision could be announced shortly.
If this happens, Matondkar would be pitted against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) incumbent MP Gopal Shetty in the constituency that was once considered a BJP stronghold. In 2014 Lok Sabha polls, then sitting MP Sanjay Nirupam had faced humiliating defeat at the hands of Shetty.
Notably, the name of Matondkar, who is married to a Kashmiri, MA Mir, has been doing rounds since the past few days as the Congress grappled for an effective counter to the ruling BJP.
Incidentally, besides Mumbai North-West (now, Mumbai North-Central) constituency, the Mumbai North is the only Lok Sabha seat in the country’s commercial capital which has ever elected a well-known film personality. The late Union minister and actor Sunil Dutt had been elected from there five times and later the baton passed onto his daughter Priya Dutt.
Urmila Matondkar started her career as a child star aged seven in a Marathi film, ”Zaakol” (1980), and later her first role in Bollywood in the Shashi Kapoor-Rekha starrer ‘Kalyug’ (1981). She was launched to fame as a child actress with the highly-acclaimed Shekhar Kapur-directed film, ‘Masoom’ (1983).