Actress-cum-politician Urmila Matondkar opened up about rumors of her converting to Islam.
News was going around that the Chhama Chhama actress had embraced Islam. Rumor has it that this occured after her nuptials to a Kashmiri model-turned-businessman Mohsin Akhtar Mir. Now the Congress politician has squashed those rumors.
Urmila gave a statement to clear the air. She said that these rumors were a cheap political ploy. While she is Hindu, the Ek Haseena Thi starlet affirmed love and respect for every religion.
“Even if I had converted to Islam, I would have said it with as much pride.”
Recently, Urmila made her debut as a politician by joining the Congress Party. She even participated in Lok Sabha General Elections 2019.
A Private Person
Urmila added that even if she had converted to Islam, she would have done so with pride. The Khoobsurat starlet affirmed that she was a Hindu but not in the traditional sense.
“I am a Hindu. That’s the religion I have followed, but I believe in Hinduism in a wider sense, not the kind of Hinduism that’s sold to us today. Even if I had converted to Islam, I would have said it with as much pride. However, it’s none of anyone’s business. I am not just talking about the secular fabric of the country because I am married to a Muslim. Contrary to that, because I always believed in it, I was open enough to marry a man of a different faith.”
She then made it a point to make it clear that her faith or conversion was none of anyone’s business. The actress added that she does not like to talk about her personal life.
“I don’t like to talk about my personal life. I was never on the radar. I have always been a reclusive actor, who has believed in letting my work speak for itself.”
Urmila tied the knot with Mohsin Akhtar Mir in 2016. Her wedding was a very private affair. Even the ceremony was held at her Bandra residence.
The couple had a Hindu ceremony followed by a nikkah.
“We kept it an exclusive wedding with just family and friends at the celebration. Since our families wanted the wedding to be a low-key affair. We mutually decided to keep it private. We seek your blessings on embarking this new journey of our lives.”
Mohsin Akhtar Mir is almost ten years younger to Urmila. Mohsin has a brother and three sisters. His siblings are all very close to Urmila.
Urmila and Mohsin met at Manish Malhotra’s niece Riddhi Malhotra’s wedding in 2014.
According to the Mumbai Mirror, Mohsin was completely smitten by Urmila. He then proceeded to woo her in a very filmi-manner. Word on the street is that Mohsin pursued her for over a year until Urmila finally gave in.