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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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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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