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Smita Patil – The Best Indian Actress of Her Generation


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  • Name: Smita Patil
  • Famous As: Indian Film Actress
  • Birth Date: 17 October 1955
  • Died On: 13 December 1986
  • Nationality: Indian
  • Birth Place: Pune, Maharashtra
  • Awards: National Film Award for Best Actress, Filmfare Award for Best Actress, Padma Shri


Smita Patil was born on October 17, 1955, in Pune. She was born in a Maratha family. Her father was Shivaji Rao Girdhar Patil and mother Vidyatai Patil. Her father was a politician and her mother was a social worker. Smita is considered among the most influential and outstanding actresses of her time. She was a part of more than 80 Hindi and Marathi movies. She has achieved a lot of eminence for her incredible and outstanding performances in movies like; Bhumika, Chakra, and Arth and many more. She was a versatile actress and did justice to all the role in all the movies. She made a place among the most respected and was the most looked upon an irreplaceable actress in the Indian cinema.

Personal Life of Smita Patil

Smita got into a relationship with Raj Babbar in the early stage of her career. Raj Babbar was married to Nadira Babbar at that time. Smita received a lot of criticism for her relationship with Raj. Raj left his wife and the couple got married. Smita died at the young age of 31 while giving birth to her son, Prateek Babbar.

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Raj Babbar with his son Prateik Babbar (Left) and Smita Patil with Raj Babbar (Right)

Early Life of Smita Patil

She went to Renuka Swaroop Memorial high school. In Pune, she graduated from the Film and TV Institute of India and made her debut in the movie, Charandas Chor. Smita’s first appearance on television was as a TV newsreader. She performed in almost all kinds of movies. Her versatility made her unique, outstanding and influential personality in the Indian cinema. She is considered as the most influential and successful actress of her era.

Shabana Azmi, Deepti Naval and Smita Patil

Works of Smita Patil

Smita Patil started her career on the television as the TV newsreader and this is when she met an elite and an amazing photographer, Shyam Benegal. She graduated from the Film and TV Institute of India. Smita’s character and role in her movies always portrayed a brilliant feminist and a strong woman who stood against the standard background of male-dominated cinema. She was an activist and worked and supported the empowerment of women. Smita, due to her amazing and outstanding skills became the favorite of the film-makers. Every producer of the industry wanted to work with her. Smita’s remarkable performance in her more movies like; Namak Halaal and Shakti unveiled the previous restrictions that were there between serious cinema and Indian cinema. She had given her remarkable and brilliant performances in movies like; Mere Saath Chal, Aakrosh, Tajurba and many more. She was the Best Indian actress of her generation.

Smita Patil in the movie Umbartha

Awards for her works

Smita Patil won many awards in her life. As the best actress, she won the Filmfare Award. She has won the Award of National Film. She also won the Padma Shri Award.

The vision of Smita Patil

Smita Patil has proved that gender does not matter. She made her place in the male-dominated society. People respected and looked up to her for what she has achieved in her life. The honors that she has received are a way of appreciating her elite and outstanding performances. On 3rd May 2013, a postage stamp was released by Indian Post in honor of Smita Patil, on the occasion of 100 years of the Indian cinema. Due to her dedication and hard work she made an influential place in this world and in the Indian cinema. Smita is still alive in the hearts of millions.


Written By: Arju Sharma


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