Spotted by Shyam Benegal, Smita Patil, one of the most highly acclaimed actresses of Hindi cinema went on to star in movies like Arth, Bhumika, Mandi, Manthan and commercial successes like Namak Halal etc.
Despite being a leading icon of parallel cinema owing to her fine acting skills, Smita Patil never had any qualms about doing a commercial film. In fact, she never liked people judging her choices. She always promoted the idea of films being made on women with strong personalities who change the way society thinks.
In her short span as an actress, Patil scored two National awards and a Filmfare award for Hindi cinema and one each for Marathi films. In 1985 she became the recipient of the Padma Shri.
On 13th December 1986 she died due to childbirth complications.
She was an actress par excellence whose screen presence would turn the film into gold. On her death anniversary, we take a look at her life and bring to you a few unknown things about her.
To more such women with strong personalities, adamant to change the outlook of the world!
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