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Rare photos of Smita Patil on her 64th birth anniversary

In a relatively short career, Patil was seen in over 80 features. She was awarded the Padma Shri in 1985. On her 64th birth anniversary, here is a quick look at her rare photos.

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Actor Smita Patil changed the perception of how the Hindi film audience looked at its leading ladies. By choosing to appear in nuanced and solid films like Mirch Masala, Arth, Aakrosh, Manthan and Bazaar among others, Patil trailblazed a new path for the Hindi film heroine. Patil passed away at the young age of 31 in 1986. Let us revisit some of her unseen photos on the occasion of her 64th birth anniversary. (Photo: Express Archive)

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Filmmaker Shyam Benegal had once commented on the talent of Patil and said, "She was a chameleon. She could be a part of the story without your thinking about it. She was instinctive, she could do the scenes instinctively. The camera loved her. The camera looked at her, it picked her out of everyone else. That was the most important thing.” (Photo: Express Archive)

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Here, Smita Patil is seen with Anita Raj and Raj Babbar. Patil and Raj Babbar had a son together, Prateik Babbar, who is also an actor. (Photo: Express Archive)

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Smita Patil pushed many envelopes with her bold and unconventional choices. (Photo: Express Archive)

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The Arth actor was also known for having shared screen space with some of the most versatile actors of her time, including Om Puri and Naseeruddin Shah. Here she is seen with Sunil Dutt on the sets of a movie. (Photo: Express Archive)

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Smita Patil acted in over 80 movies, including Hindi and Marathi films. She was conferred with the Padma Shri in 1985. Here she is seen with Naseeruddin Shah. (Photo: Express Archive)

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Smita Patil breathed her last on December 13, 1986. (Photo: Express Archive)