Kolomlika Basu!! As soon as one reads or listens to this name, a sound of “naeka” reverberates in his or her mind. Such is the impact of Urvashi Dholakia’s character in Kasautii Zindagii Kay. This iconic role was played by Urvashi who, by then had only done sweet girl next door acts. The role had changed everyone’s perception of her and Urvashi dholakia did absolute justice to her role of Komolika which was the biggest turning point for the Gujrati girl. Not only her role but her garish make-up, highly embellished loud sarees, heavy jewelry and the trademark lock of hair, which she kept twirling all became a rage. That was the era where all television soaps were only concentrating on the adversarial relationship between the ethical protagonist and the sinister antagonist both of which happened to belong to the feminine gender.
Kasautii Zindagi Kay was a soap opera under Balaji Telefilms which aired on star plus from 2001 to 2008. The show received a lot of adulation and very high TRP, one of the major reasons for the show’s success was Urvashi’s enactment of the unforgettable, Komolika Basu. The show was a love story starring Cezanne Khan and Shweta Tiwari, where Urvashi was the catalyst. The names of the protagonists were Anurag and Prerna and the show revolved around their eternal love. Komolika was adamant to marry Anurag to inherit his wealth; this hampered Anurag and Prerna from being together and thus began their tragic love story. Urvashi Dholakia gave a new definition to the vamps; one may also call her the anti-heroine of the show. Women went gaga about her style statements on screen; many women even imitated her hair twirling style. Ekta Kapoor was then basking in the glory of her television successes and her vamps, who redefined villainous activities on the small screen. Ramola Sikkand, Komolika Basu, Payal Virani, was the iconic vamps of that time.
Urvashi has since then been inclined towards doing negative roles. However this has not spoilt her image off-screen, she has always maintained that she is a self made and independent woman. Ever since she split from her husband, she hasn’t allowed any male element of her life to dominate her. Uravshi was born in a Gujrati family in 1979; she took to acting since she was 4 years old. Her first screen appearance was when she was only 4, in the Lux television commercial alongside actress Revathi. Dholakia is a gifted actress and it is an in-born trait in her, she is a natural one take artiste. Her first television series was Waqt ki Raftaar in the year 1987, the show aired on DD national. Urvashi was a blessed child artiste but she excelled as a teen artiste in the show Dekh Bhai Dekh which also aired on DD national. Dekh Bhai Dekh was produced and directed by Amitabh Bachchan’s exceptionally talented wife Jaya Bachchan, Urvashi played the role of Shilpa in the show. Shilpa was Sanju’s (vishal singh) suspicious and talkative girlfriend, Urvashi was only 14 when she bagged this role, which got her instant fame and recognition. Following this, Dholaki also did two more shows on DD national; Shaktimaan and Zamaan Badal Gaya. Shaktimaan was a highly acclaimed television series which targeted the young audience especially kids, Urvashi enacted the role of Manasi Sharma in the show.
Her first big fat offer was in the show Ghar Ek Mandir which was a very popular soap in its time. This was Urvashi’s first attempt at playing the role of a vamp, in which she succeeded. Ekta Kapoor probably had become a fan of Urvashi by then, which is why she offered her the character of Sonia in the TRP topper Kabhi Sautan Kabhi Saheli. The show was about a man who married two women simultaneously and was trying to hide his mistake from the rest of the world, but destiny had a different game plan for him. The show also starred Anita Hassanandani. Urvashi and Anita together got the ball rolling and took the show to the pinnacle of success. In 2001 Urvashi was given to portray the character of Komolika, the character needs no introduction her bombastic enactment of Komolika won her many accolades. For this role Urvashi received the Star Parivaar Awards, Kalakar Award, Indian Telly Award, Zee Gold Award, Sansui Television Award and not to mention the countless fans and critical appreciation. Flamboyant and a little too over the top Komolika has been one of the most prominent roles of Urvashi, the character will be etched in the memory of many of her followers.
Much like her shows, Urvashi’s life too is full of drama, she got married at the age of 16 and was blessed with twin sons when she turned 17, motherhood at such young age is a challenge for most women, which Dholakia readily accepted. After two years of her marriage Urvashi called it quits. Urvashi Dholakia husband’s name is not revealed to the public. When searching for Urvashi Dholakia’s husband name, one may come across various links, but they do not provide his name. As a single mother Urvashi has juggled her career and family with utmost dignity. Her sons study in a reputed boarding school because their mother’s work does not permit her to be a stay-at-home-mother.
In 2012 Urvashi won the reality show Bigg Boss 6, not only did she receive countless votes and love of her fans but also won Rs 5 million, she claimed that all the money will be for her sons, who are the main priority of her life. The Kasautii Zindagi Kay star was also one of the contestants of Sach ka Saamna where she got candid about her personal life and revealed many of her deep dark secrets. Dholakia revealed her real self in the show without any inhibitions; unapologetically she answered questions about her husband, family and children. Hoping that this small screen bombshell continues to be her unabashed self, she is a true inspiration for all single mothers and a fighter in her own right. More power to independent women!