Mumbai: Bollywood actress Urmila Matondkar, who joined the Congress recently, is the latest Bollywood figure fielded by the party from the Mumbai North Lok Sabha constituency, a BJP stronghold. Urmila is pitted against BJP MP Gopal Shetty, who defeated former Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam with in the 2014 Lok Sabha poll. Urmila, who has appeared in popular Hindi films like "Rangeela" and "Satya" and in the critically-acclaimed "Masoom" as a child artiste, will make her electoral debut with the April 29 poll in that constituency.
In the past, the Congress had fielded Bollywood actor Govinda from the Mumbai North seat, which he won. According to sources in the Congress, the party was looking for a known face to take on Gopal Shetty, perceived as being a strong candidate. The search ended with Urmila, the source added.
"Some celebrities recently got associated with the party. Urmila happens to be the most popular name among them," the source said.