Indian film actress who was widely associated with the politically charged films of the 1970s. In 1977, she was the recipient of the National Award for Best Actress for her work in the film Bhumika.
She first appeared in front of a camera as a television newscaster.
The Smita Patil Documentary and Short Film Festival was created in her memory.
She was married to fellow actor Raj Babbar.
Famed director Shyam Benegal was credited as having discovered her.