Apart from acting in Bollywood, Smita Patil was an active feminist and a member of the Women’s Centre in Mumbai. She was deeply committed to the advancement of Women Empowerment and Women’s Issues and she gave her endorsement to films which sought to explore the role of Women in Rural and traditional Indian Society and also for the changes faced by the women of Middle class in the Urban areas. Smita Patil has served as a Jury Member of the Montreal World Film Festival. In 2011, Rediff.com listed her as the second greatest actress of all times after Nargis . And is one of the most accomplished actress of Hindi Cinema. She is outstanding in every portrayal and is a powerhouse for realistic performance in every role that she played.
Smita Patil was born in Pune in a Kunbi Maratha Family . Her family belonged to a Political circle and her father Shivajirao was a Politician and mother was a social worker from the Shirpur Village . Smita studied at Renuka Swaroop Memorial High School in Pune. Her first stint with the camera was in the early 1970’s as a television newscaster on Mumbai Doordarshan which was run by the Indian Government broadcast
Smita Patil was married to a much married man Raj Babbar who was already married and had two children at the time of his marriage to Smita. She died at the age of 31 due to Childbirth complications. Over ten or more films were released after her death.. Her son Prateik Babbar is a film actor who did his debut in the Bollywood since 2008. When she got romantically involved with actor Raj Babbar ,the relationship drew severe criticism from her fans, the media and also in her personal life as Raj Babbar left his wife Nadira Bababr to marry Smita. It is believed that Smita had died due to gross medical negligence. Smita Patil Documentary film was released at the Short film festival initiated in her honour in 2012. In 2016, Katrina Kaif was awarded the Smita Patil Memorial Award for her contribution to the Indian Cinema.
Smita Patil was an actress who started her career with television as a newsreader and then went on to the stage with her performance in the theater and thereafter she joined the Hindi and Marathi films. In a span of just a few years she had created a niche for herself in the Industry and she was considered as one of the finest actress of her times who had received two National Awards as well as a Filmfare Award and the Padma Shri , India’s fourth highest Civilian Honour in 1985. Smita Patil had graduated from the Film and Television Institute of India in Pune and made her debut in Shyam Benegal’s Charandas Chor in 1975. She became one of the leading actress of the parallel cinema which brought a new wave movement to the Indian Cinema. She also appeared in the main stream films throughout her short career which was cut short due to her sudden death in child birth complications in the year 1986. But her roles were most notable for her flawless acting in each of the films she was acted in. Some of her films were manthan in 1977, followed by Bhumika in the same year. Aakrosh in 1980, Chakra in 1981, Chidambaram in 1985, Mirch Masala and Ghulami in 1985. Smita Patil belongs to a generation of actresses with the contemporaries like Shabana Azmi who were strongly associated with radically political and parallel cinema in the 1970’s. Her work includes Shyam Benegal’ and Govind Nihalanni’s Sadgati in 1981, As she forayed into more commercial films. She was discovered by Shyam Benegal when she was a Television News reader. She was an alumna of the Film and Television Institute of India in Pune in the year 1977. In her films, Smita Patil has always portrayed a character that represents intelligent feminity that stands against an unconventional male dominant background in the cinema. She has acted in such roles in her films like Bhumika, Umbartha and Bazaar. Smita became famous for her roles as women who is capable and empowered . She remained committed to the small cinema for about five years and she refused commercial film offers initially but around 1977 and 1978 she started with a few commercial films as well. In no time she was accepted by commercial film makers as Raj Khosla, Ramesh Sippy, B. R. Chopra who all agreed she was a women of substance and she was excellent in her work. Her fans grew with her new found stardom and she was also considered as one of the most glamourous woman. In her films Shakti, and Namak Halaal revealed her unfound boundaries from a serious roles to masala films she acted in all with the same ease and confidence till 1984. Her association with the art cinema remained strong . Her strong role In Mirch Masala in 1987 as the Son Bai is still raved about for playing the spirited Spice factory worker who stands up against the lecherous petty officials. On the centenary of the Indian Cinema in 2013, Forbes included her performance in this film as one of the 25th Greatest Acting performances of the Indian Cinema. During the making of her film Chakra, Smita Patil is said to have visited the slums in Mumbai and she got an another National Award for her role in this film Besides Hindi films she has also worked in her mother tongue Marathi and also did some Bengali , Kannada and Malayalam films. Art Films were her forte but she proved her capability in other regional and commercial films as well. She has acted opposite to the two super stars Amitabh Bachchan and Rajesh Khanna between the period 1982 to 1987 and the films went to become super hits. Rajesh Khanna and Smita Patil were paired together for five to six films and were a successful pair on the screen.
|#||Released Date||Type||Credited As||Movie|
|1||28 Jul 1989||Film||Actress||Oonch Neech Beech|
|2||17 Mar 1989||Film||Actress||Galiyon Ka Badshah|
|3||07 Oct 1988||Film||Supporting Actress||Akarshan|
|4||06 May 1988||Film||Actress||Waaris|
|5||19 Jan 1988||Film||Actress||Hum Farishte Nahin|
|6||23 Nov 1987||Film||Actress||Aaj|
|7||23 Oct 1987||Film||Actress||Thikana|
|8||31 Aug 1987||Film||Actress||Avam|
|9||31 Aug 1987||Film||Actress||Awam|
|10||29 May 1987||Film||Actress||Dance Dance|