Smita Patil was one of the most versatile actors in the Indian film industry. Born on October 17, 1955, the actor made a major contribution to both Hindi and Marathi films. She broke the stereotype of a fair-skinned actor and embraced her dusky skin like no other. Her promising acting made her win prestigious accolades, Padam Shri being one of them.
The late actor started her career as a television newsreader in Doordarshan and then moved to the political cinema in the 1970s along with actors like Shabana Azmi. She got married to actor Raj Babbar and died six hours after giving birth to their son Prateik Babbar. She was only 31.
On the occasion of Smita Patil’s 66th birthday, here are some lesser-known facts about the actor:
- Smita Patil made her acting debut in the Marathi film Samna and then in Bollywood with Mere Sath Chal.
- The actor was an active feminist who adressed hardships of the women and encouraged women empowerment on several occasions. Moreover, she had done films that reflected the role of middle-class women in the Indian society.
- For those who don’t know, Smita shared a close bond with Bollywood’s megastar Amitabh Bachchan until she fell in love with Raj Babbar. Reportedly, she had been spotted at Big B’s residence on various occasions.
- Smita was pregnant with Pratiek Babbar when she did B Subhash’s Dance Dance in 1987. The makers moulded the script for her.
- Raj Babbar was married to Nadira Zaheer when he fell in love with Smita Patil. death in 1986, actor-turned-politician Raj Babbar went back to Nadira. They have two children, namely Aarya Babbar and Juhi Babbar.
- Smita passed away at 31 because of childbirth complications merely after 6 hours of giving birth to her son, Prateik Babbar. Mrinal sen, one of India’s celebrated director alleged that the actor died due to the medical negligence.