Bollywood has had legends like Madhubala, Geeta Dutt, Meena Kumari, Sridevi and living legends like Hema Malini, Waheeda Rehman, Rekha and Shabana Azmi ( Smita’s co –star and partner in the parallel cinema movement), today on Smita’s 63rd birthday, her image comes alive, Smita Patil is undoubtedly special. She was an actress par excellence but beyond that a woman of substance.. which actress will cry after shooting a song sequence with Amitabh Bachchan…
Without any iota of doubt, just a glance of the news reader during the Doordarshan era with that poise, expression and eyes made Smita Patil a haunting beauty.
In a career spanning around ten years, Smita acted in 80 films mostly belonging to the parallel cinema revolution spearheaded by Shyam Benegal. An active feminist and a member of the Women's Centre in Mumbai, Smita donated the money she received from her first national award (BHUMIKA ) to charity. She also won the national award for CHAKRA and was the recipient of the Padma Shri, in 1985.
Smita Patil worked with eminent stars of those times, from Amitabh Bachchan to Rajesh Khanna to Shashi Kapoor to Mithun Chakraborty, but her heart beats where maximum for the more sensible cinemas like BAZAAR, ARTH, MANDI and so on.
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