Smita Patil was an Indian film, television, and theatre actress. She was known as the best Indian actress of her era. Smita was considered the best for her work in Hindi, as well as other film industries like Marathi, Telugu, Punjabi, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam and Bengali.
Smita Patil was born on 17 October 1955 in Pune, Maharashtra, India. She was educated at Renuka Swaroop Memorial high school in Pune. She was very enthusiastic about the theatre during her school days. She used to take part in every school program. She favored working in Women-oriented films.
In 1970, she used to work as a television newsreader on Mumbai Doordarshan.
Family, Husband & Death
Smita was born to Shivajirao Girdhar Patil, a politician and, Vidyatai Patil, a social worker.
Smita Patil with her parents
She had two sisters, Manya Patil Seth, and Anita Deshmukh.
Patil got married to Raj Babbar, a popular actor.
Smita Patil and Raj Babbar
Prateik Babbar, a film actor is her son.
She died on 13 December 1986 at the age of 31, due to complications during childbirth, in 15 days after giving birth to her son, Prateik Babbar.
Smita marked her film debut with Shyam Benegal’s “Charandas Chor” in 1975. She made her acting debut in the Bollywood industry with the film “Mere Saath Chal” in 1974. She was a well-known face in the industry for her most renowned roles in “Manthan” (1977), “Bhumika” (1977), “Aakrosh” (1980), “Chakra” (1981), “Chidambaram” (1985), and “Mirch Masala” (1985).
She has also acted in the films like “Shakti,” and “Namak Halaal” which are still cherished.
She made an appearance in “Aakhir Kyon” in 1985, paired opposite Rajesh Khanna, and “Mirch Masala” in 1987 starring Naseeruddin Shah.
National Film Award for Best Actress for the film “Bhumika” (1977)
National Film Award for Best Actress for the film “Chakra” (1980)