Smita Patil

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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.

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No Score Yet Kasam Paida Karne Wale Ki Actor 2005
No Score Yet Bazaar Actor Director 2002
No Score Yet Shakti Roma 2000
No Score Yet Waaris Paramjit 1988
No Score Yet Nazrana Actor 1987
No Score Yet Avam Actor 1987
No Score Yet Awam Actor 1987
No Score Yet Anokha Rishta Actor 1986
No Score Yet Amrit Kamla 1986
No Score Yet Aap Ke Sath Actor 1986
No Score Yet Dahleez Actor 1986
No Score Yet Aakhir Kyon? Actor 1985
No Score Yet Jawaab Actor 1985
No Score Yet Meraa Ghar Mere Bachche Actor 1985
No Score Yet Mirch Masala Sonbai 1985
No Score Yet Hum Do Hamare Do Actor 1984
No Score Yet Farishta Actor 1984
No Score Yet Sadgati Actor 1984
No Score Yet Giddh Ahnami 1984
No Score Yet Sharaabi (Guest Appearance) in song "Jahan Chaar Yaar" 1984
No Score Yet Anand Aur Anand Actor 1984
No Score Yet Aaj Ki Awaz Actor 1984
No Score Yet Mandi (Market Place) Zeetnat 1983
No Score Yet Ardh Satya (Half Truth) Jyotsna 1983
No Score Yet Ghungroo Actor 1983
No Score Yet Arth (The Meaning) Actor 1982
No Score Yet Namak Halaal Actor 1982
No Score Yet Badle Ki Aag Actor 1982
No Score Yet Umbartha Actor 1981
No Score Yet Sadgati Jhuria 1981
No Score Yet Bhavni Bhavai (A Folk Tale) Ujaam 1980
No Score Yet Akaler Sandhane (In Search of Famine) Actress 1980
No Score Yet Chakra Amma 1980
No Score Yet Kondura Actor 1978
No Score Yet Bhumika Usha 1977
No Score Yet Manthan Woman 1976
No Score Yet Nishant Actor 1975
No Score Yet Nishaant Actor 1975
No Score Yet Ghungroo Actor
No Score Yet Chidambaram Actor

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