Smita Patil was a leading actress of Bollywood who won the heart of millions with her natural acting skills. She was born in1955, in Pune. Her mother was a minister and a social-worker. She studied at a Marathi medium school in Pune and graduated from Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. She was married to Raj Babbar, the Hindi film actor .
Smita Patil entered Bollywood after a brief stint as a TV news reader. Shyam Benegal casted her in the children's film Charandas Chor (1975), and offered a short role in Nishant (1975). Her first major role was Benegal's Manthan, here she plays the role of a woman who leads a Harijan revolt. Next was Benegal's Bhumika, which was a biography of Indian actress Hansa Wadkar. Smita strongly believed in realistic cinema and did films like Gaman, (1979) and Chakra, (1981). Govind Nihalani's Aakrosh is another feather in her cap, where she played the role of a tribal woman who is brutally raped and murdered. In 1981, she worked with Satyajit Ray in his tele film Sadgati. She worked with distinguished film directors like Shyam Benegal, Govind Nihalani and Mrinal Sen.
Most of Smita Patil's films represents femininity that stands against male-dominated society. She has also acted commercial films, her glamorous roles in the films like Shakti and Namak Halaal are still remembered. She even acted in regional movies like Marathi movie Jait Re Jait , Mrinal Sen's Bengali film Akaler Sandhaney  and Ketan Mehta's much acclaimed debut in Gujarati cinema, Bhavni Bhavai .
Smita Patil will always be remembered as an actress who displayed extraordinary levels of maturity in her performances. Some of famous films are Manthan(1977) opposite Girish Karnad, Bhumika(1977) opposite Amol Palekar, Aakrosh (1980) with Om Puri, Chakra (1981) with Naseeruddin Shah, Namak Halal (1982) opposite Amitabh Bachchan, Arth (1983) with Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Mandi (1983) with Aditya Bhattacharya, Subah (1983) with Girish Karnad, Aakhir Kyon (1985 ) opposite Rajesh Khanna, and Mirch Masala (1987) with Naseeruddin Shah. She won the Filmfare Best Actress Award for the film Chakra in 1981. She received two National Film Award for Best actress for Chakra in 1981 and for Bhumika.
Smita Patil had the exceptional ability to stand out, even in a supporting role, evident in the films Govind Nihalani's Ardh Satya, Aaj Ki Awaaz and J P Dutta's Ghulami. In the mid-1980s she did several films with Rajesh Khanna such as Aakhir Kyon (1985), Amrit (1986) and Nazrana (1987). In 1987, she received accolades for playing the role of brave and fiery Sonbai in Ketan Mehta's Mirch Masala.
Smita Patil died on 13th December 1986, as a result of the complications that arose afters the birth of her son, Prateek.
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