Friday, September 24, 2021

Smita Patil on women representation in Indian cinema

In a life that spanned just 31 years, Smita Patil acted in over 80 films including these from India’s many regional languages. She is considered to be one of the greatest film actresses of all time and has numerous accolades and awards to her name, most notably the National Film Awards (two times) and the Filmfare. Smita had broken the conventional parameters set for actresses of her time.

The beautiful dark complexioned actress ruled millions of hearts because of her acting skills. She has contributed significantly to Bollywood and Marathi films. She won the National Award for Best Actress for the role she played in the film ‘Bhumika’. She also bagged the Filmfare Award for her roles in the Marathi films ‘Jait Re Jait’ and ‘Umbertha’. She was also awarded Padma Shri for her contribution to films.

Smita Patil was born on October 17, 1956. There is also an interesting story behind her being named Smita. It was after seeing the smile on her face at the time of birth that her mother Vidya Tai Patil named her Smita. This smile later became the most attractive aspect of his personality. Smita Patil is known for her serious acting, but very few people know that Smita Patil, who looks easy and serious on the film screen, was very mischievous in real life.

Smita Patil was born in a Marathi family in Pune. Her father Shivajirao Girdhar Patil was a famous politician and mother Vidyatai Patil was a social worker. After studying at the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, she started her career as a TV newsreader at Mumbai Doordarshan in 1970. When the famous filmmaker Shyam Benegal caught sight of the beautiful Smita, she got a chance to work in films like ‘Charandas Chor’ and ‘Nishant’. Smita Patil died at a very young age. She passed away only 6 hours after giving birth to her son Prateik Babbar.

Smita Patil was one such actress who not only exposed the issues related to women on the film screen, but also did a lot of work for the upliftment of women in real life. Even outside of her films, she was very vocal on the problems and rights of women. She deeply felt the difficulties of women. Therefore, she was also involved in the works related to the upliftment of women. In an interview with Prasar Bharati she shared her views on the representation of women in Indian cinema. To know more about her views on the portrayal of women in Indian cinema watch the video below.

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