Pune, India (PressExposure) October 11, 2012 -- Smita Patil was a woman of exceptionally striking beauty, though scarcely of the type that predominates in the commercial cinema, and she displayed an equally extraordinary maturity in every performance she ever gave. She had established herself as the first actress in the "New Wave" - parallel Indian cinema of the 70's and 80's. In a career that spanned just over a decade, due to her untimely death won her two National Awards and one Filmfare Award. A Padma Shree awardee, Factrichi 100 Varsh reminisces Smita Patil's life on Sunday, 21st October 2012 at 1:30 pm and 9:30 pm only on IBN-Lokmat.
Born in Pune in a Maratha family, daughter of a minister and committed social worker, Smita Patil entered the entertainment industry as a television newscaster. That is when she was spotted by Shyam Benegal and cast in 'Charandas Chor'. Her first major role as the woman who leads a Harijan revolt in Shyam Benegal's Manthan won her critical acclaim. Exceptional performances such as the outspoken tribal in Ketan Mehta's 'Bhavni Bhavai' and as the struggling actress, Hansa Wadkar, in Benegal's 'Bhumika' established her reputation as a versatile actress both in India and abroad. Along with Shabana Azmi, Naseeruddin Shah and Om Puri, she formed the most potent quartet representing the parallel cinema. She also tried her hand at commercial cinema with 'Shakti' and 'Namak Halal'. Her association with artistic cinema remained strong. Her arguably greatest (and unfortunately final) role came when Smita re-teamed with Ketan Mehta to play the feisty and fiery Sonbai in 'Mirch Masala.'
Smita Patil's dusky, smouldering, earthy looks, coupled with her histrionic voltage, made her one of the stars of the New Cinema that was blitzing the screen and consciousness of a newer and more perceptive audience. Her untimely death, did leave a void in the world of Indian cinema. Tune in to re-embrace her life on Factrichi 100 varsh on Sunday, 21st October 2012 at 1:30 pm and 9:30 pm only on IBN-Lokmat.