Miscellaneous Info – In 1949, Urmila Devi, quit the screen, when she married executive Raj Kumar Kitchlu.
Twenty five years later Urmila came back to the screen. The cause again, was her marriage. It had gone on the rocks. Her husband had filed papers for a divorce. The frail leading lady of Prabhat’s “Dus Baje”, “Kaneez”, “Salma”, Urmila started her career as a side heroine in P.B. Jhaveri’s (Bindu’s father-in-law) film, “Parsuram”. For some time she was with Ranjit Movietones. A firebrand in her hayday, Urmila is reported to have slapped producers for delaying her cheques. Basu Bhattacharya spotted Urmila Devi, now known as Sisterji at Anita Guha’s house. Basu advised her to comeback to the screen in character roles instead of wasting her time and money in card sessions. To Sisterji’s lined, wolf-like face Basu added a kilo of white hair and presented her IN Dadima’s role in “Tumhara Kallu”. Whilst the Press raved about her role, Sisterji is back to her adda of friends – Parveen Paul, Satyen Bose, Anita Guha. She has signed a couple of movies, but is awaiting a role as meaty as that of Dadi ma.
About acting then and now. She says the standard of acting has improved a lot. Portrayals today are simpler and more convincing than the unreal, dramatic, artificial approach of the Purana days (contributed by Sudarshan Talwar).
Filmographies might not be 100% accurate or complete because of various reasons including artistes with similar names