Smita Patil would have been 63 today had fate not cruelly snatched her from us in 1986. She was only 31 when she died.
Regarded among the finest stage and film actresses of her times, Smita Patil appeared in over 80 Hindi and Marathi films in a career that spanned just over a decade.
Feminist and leading actress in the Indian New Wave cinema, Smita Patil was not a run-of-the-mill beauty. Her unconventional look and superior acting skills landed her a number of awards, including the National Film Award.
When Smita Patil breathed her last on the midnight of December 13,1986, Indian cinema lost a unique talent. Even after almost thirty years of her demise, some of her performances can still bring tears to our eyes. As in life, so in death. Truly she remains ours.