For the new edition of Fragrance Of Yesteryears,
diva of the golden years, one the best gems of tinsel town and a
fitting tribute to the month dedicated to women, Smita Patil
in the spotlight!
Patil was born on October 17, 1955, in Pune to
family. Her father was a Maharashtrian politician, Shivajirao
Patil and her mother, Vidyatai Patil, a social worker. Patil also
completed her schooling in Pune, attending Renuka Swaroop Memorial High
Patil's first appearance on television was in 1970 as a newscaster for the Indian government owned television service, Doordarshan
When she was discovered and approached by Shyam Benegal
, she was
already a successful TV newsreader and photographer. Majority
of Patil's roles in her films were female orientated and emphasized the
power of women instead of the popular male dominating roles seen during
those times. It was due to these particular roles that was one of the
reasons why she gained much attention and popularity by viewers. Her
most famous movies for such roles were Bhumika, Umbartha,
the industry continued to grow, Patil began to be appreciated by
filmmakers and a greater mass of audience. She also starred in
commercial films such as Shakti, Namak Halal
and Mirch Masala.
The latter film was unfortunately her last.
Her numerous link-ups with actor Raj Babbar
the marriage with him after his divorce from his first wife Nadira
Babbar, shaded her personal life. Overnight, she was addressed as a
"home breaker" by the members of the feminist organizations she worked
Patil breathed her last on the midnight of December 13, 1986, Indian
cinema lost an incredible talent. She passed away due to childbirth
complications, not even two weeks after she delivered her son, today
actor, Prateik Babbar
. Two decades later, Mrinal Sen, among the best
film directors alleged that Patil's death occurred because of medical
negligence and not childbirth complications.
- In 2011, according to the Redcliff list, Patil was announced as the second greatest actress of all time, after the flawless Nargis.
- Patil has won six awards during her film career that spanned just a decade, including the Padma Shri Award.
- Patil has acted in over 80 films, including Hindi and Marathi.
- More than ten of Patil's films were released after her death.
With such talent
and passion, Smita Patil was definitely an inspiration and still is role
model for others today. While she is no longer present to see the
difference she has made with her films, we as viewers of Bollywood will
remember her forever and cherish the legendary movies she's left behind
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