What today’s women can learn from Smita Patil’s roles in parallel cinema.

Here’s a nice evening read that looks at Smita Patil’s contributions to ‘parallel cinema’ and Bollywood. A retrospective on her work and influence.

What today’s women can learn from Smita Patil’s roles in parallel cinema

When mainstream cinema of the 1970s and 1980s was unwilling to place a woman at the heart of the story, she transformed into an irresistible magnetic presence that every actor strives hard for. She was a decorative character, a victim to be avenged by a male hero, or the quintessential mother making enormous sacrifices for the ‘ladla beta’Smita Patil was the living antithesis.

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Portraying strong women characters, she ruled parallel cinema with commanding performances. In any milieu, in any part of the country, her roles essayed the reality of societal norms.

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