Urmilla Kanetkar: Kriti Sanon starrer Mimi released recently. Directed by Laxman Utekar, the movie is the story of a surrogate mother from Rajasthan, who aspires to become a Bollywood actor. Mimi is the Hindi remake of the National Award winning Marathi film Mala Aai Vhhaychy! directed by Samruddhi Porey based on the rising surrogacy practices in India. Urmilla Kanetkar is the actor who played the female protagonist of Yashoda in the original Marathi movie Mala Aai Vahhaychy!.
Who is Urmilla Kanetkar?
Urmilla Kanetkar Kothare is an Indian film actress who works predominantly in Marathi cinema and television.
Kanetkar was born on 4th May, 1986 in Pune, Maharashtra.
She is an alumna of the St. Xaviers College in Mumbai and has done Bachelors in Arts from there.
Kanetkar is famous for her roles in many Marathi films like Shubha Mangal Saavadhan, Ti Saddhya Kay Karte and Duniyadari.
She has also worked extensively in Television starring in Hindi daily soaps like Maayka and Mera Sasural and Marathi TV serials like Asambhav, Uun Paus and Goshta Eka Lagnachi.
Kanetkar made her debut in Telugu cinema in 2014 with Welcome Obama, the Telugu remake of Mala Aai Vhhaychy!.
Kanetkar is a trained classical kathak dancer and also has a Master of Arts degree in it.
She has also taken lessons in Odissi from Sujata Mohapatra, well-known Indian classical dancer and teacher of Odissi dancing style.
In 1997, Kanetkar participated in the cultural programme organised for 50th Independence Day Celebrations held at Delhi.
With a career spanning over 20 years, she has vast experience of working in all forms of cinema.
Kanetkar’s debut film was Shubha Mangal Saavadhan and her debut TV series was Tujhya Veena.
Following which, she worked in films like Aai Shappath..! and Savalee.
Luckily, Kanetkar also got the opportunity of working with the legendary actress Reema Lagoo in these three films.
Additionally, during her debut she met Adinath Kothare, who was an assistant director in the movie, and married him in 2011.
Kanetkar also starred as Margaret Mascarenhas in Amazon Prime Video’s 2018 crime drama thriller streaming television series, Breathe.
She also appeared as one of the six women in murder mystery mini web series Six starring Mandira Bedi, Sulagna Panigrahi, Dipannita Sharma, Vibhoutee Sharma, Manasi Rachh and Nauheed Cyrusi among others in the lead roles, which released in the month of May, this year.
Currently, on the professional front, the Duniyadari actress will be seen next in Salil Kulkarni’s second directorial film ‘Ekda Kaay Zhala‘ which also has Suhas Joshi, Sumit Raghavan, Dr. Mohan Agashe, and Pushkar Shrotri in pivotal roles.