Smita Patil

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Date of Birth : 1955
Date of Death : 13 December 1986

Mini Biography :
Smita Patil was a major player in the development of India’s alternative cinema during the ’70s and early ’80s. A devoted feminist outspoken about the ways in which traditional systems continue to oppress women, she was a model for the “new Indian woman” who was independent, sexually confident, and concerned about the world. In college, she began working in student films and as a TV newscaster. Her first major film role was in Shyam Benegal’s 1975 film Manthan, but she did not become a major artist until she appeared in his 1977 film Bhumika. Many offers for films rolled in after that, but she refused any that did not support her political and feminist agendas. She held her high standard until the early ’80s when she finally realized that by only accepting the few roles that fell into the category of alternative cinema that she could not have much affect on the mainstream women she’d hoped to reach. She then reluctantly began accepting mainstream roles, some of which she felt were exploitative and undignified. When not acting, she kept herself active in women’s issues; she even set up a women’s refuge in Bombay. With her two commercial films, Ardh Satya and Umbartha, she was finally able to bring notions of alternative cinema to the general public. On December 13, 1986, 17 days after giving birth to a son, Patil died of a brain hemorrhage in Bombay’s Jaslok Hospital. She was only 31 years old. Sandra Brennan, All Movie Guide

Filmography :

Galiyon Ka Badshah (1989)
Waaris (1988)
Hum Farishte Nahin (1988)
Akarshan (1988)
Thikana (1987)
Ahsaan (1987)
Rahi (1987)
Insaniyat Ke Dushman (1987)
Avam (1987)
Dance Dance (1987)
Nazrana (1987)
Sher Shivaji (1987)
Sutradhar (1987) (as Late Smita Patil)
Anokha Rishta (1986)
Teesra Kinara (1986)
Aap Ke Saath (1986)
Dilwaala (1986)
Kaanch Ki Deewar (1986)
Amrit (1986)
Angaarey (1986)
Dahleez (1986)
Mera Ghar Mere Bachche (1985)
Jawaab (1985)
Aakhir Kyon? (1985)
Chidambaram (1985)
Debshishu (1985)
Ghulami (1985)
Mirch Masala (1985)
Kasam Paida Karne Wale Ki (1984)
Raavan (1984)
Hum Do Hamare Do (1984)
Farishta (1984)
Aaj Ki Awaaz (1984)
Anand Aur Anand (1984)
Giddh: The Vulture (1984)
Kanoon Meri Mutthi Mein (1984)
Meraa Dost Meraa Dushman (1984)
Pet Pyaar Aur Paap (1984)
Shapath (1984)
Sharaabi (1984)
Tarang (1984)
Qayamat (1983)
Ghungroo (1983)
Chatpati (1983)
Ardh Satya (1983)
Haadsaa (1983)
Mandi (1983)
Arth (1982)
Shakti (1982)
Badle Ki Aag (1982)
Bazaar (1982)
Bheegi Palkein (1982)
Dard Ka Rishta (1982)
Dil-E-Nadaan (1982)
Namak Halaal (1982)
Sitam (1982)
Umbartha (1982)
Tajurba (1981)
Chakra (1981)
Sadgati (1981) (TV)
Aakrosh (1980)
Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyon Ata Hai (1980)
Anveshane (1980)
Bhavni Bhavai (1980)
The Naxalites (1980)
Anugraham (1978)
Gaman (1978)
Kondura (1978)
Sarvasakshi (1978)
Bhumika: The Role (1977)
Jait Re Jait (1977)
Saal Solvan Chadya (1977) (as Smita)
Manthan (1976)
Nishaant (1975) (as Smita)
Charandas Chor (1975)
Mere Saath Chal (1974)

Nomination And Awards
Filmfare Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
1982 Won Filmfare Award Best Actress
for: Chakra (1981)

National Film Awards, India
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
1981 Won Silver Lotus Award Best Actress
for: Chakra (1981)

1978 Won Silver Lotus Award Best Actress
for: Bhumika: The Role (1977)

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