Dipen Guhawrote on May 28 2009 9:40PM
Of the very few who have immortalised themselves by virtue of their outstanding performances on the silver-screen, Smita Patil was one of them. Smita was born on Oct 17, 1955 in Pune. She started her career as an annoncer on T.V. The prominent film director Shyam Benegal spotted this charming young lady and projected her in a small role in "Nishant". But, Smita made her presence felt and talent acknowledged in "Manthan"(The Churning) that deals with the exploited labourers of the dairy farm in Gujrat. It was followed by Ketan Mehta's "Bhavni Bhavai". In both the films Smita was simply outstanding. Then came "Bhumika", in which Smita portrayed the role of a Marathi actress struggling alone in the male-dominance. Smita Patil became an integral part in New Indian Cinema. Her performances were acclaimed far and wide. Ketan Mehta gave her an exceptional role in "Mirch Masala". The film was released in '85. Awards were bestowed upon her from home and the world. Smita, like Shabana, did not want to remain pent-up in the ambit of so called "art film". She proved equal brilliance in the films of the main stream. "Galiyon Ka Badsha","Hum Farishte Nahi","Dance Dance"."Teesra Kinara","Aakhir Kyu","Kasam Paida Karne Wallle Ki","Aap kr Saath","Aaj ki Awaz","Sharabi", "Shakti", "Namak Halal" are a few specimens of Smita's worth in commercial films. She was romantically involved with Raj Babbar. They were married. As the irony of fate would have it the eventful life of this great artiste came to a close on December 13 , 1986 during childbirth. Smita left for heavenly abode to enact another "Bhumika"leaving behind her "Pratik", grief-stricken husband and millions of her fans.