When it comes to our film industry, certain actors will always remain icons and legends. And one of the actors who’s still remembered as one is Smita Patil.
She was a graduate of the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune and was a newsreader on Doordarshan before she became a well-known actor. Though her interest in acting was evident even as a kid because she used to participate in theatre during school. As a feminist, Smita Patil chose films and projects that were rather female-oriented, in fact, the actor was also part of the Women’s Centre in Mumbai.
And recently, an interview of hers surfaced online where she’s seen talking about the objectification of women in Indian films. In it, the actor is asked about a specific poster for the film Chakra where she is seen taking a shower, out in the open. She’s asked how she felt about letting so much of her body be visible on screen.
Patil got super real with the journalist and told her that it is a fact that sex is used to sell films and basically everything else in the world. And that a film automatically gains more viewers when a woman’s body is used to promote it. Here is the clip where she talks about this.
Late Smita Patil on women's objectification as a strategy to sell films. Remembering the queen of women-centric films on her birth anniversary💐 pic.twitter.com/95jJr7gfdk— Garima (@j_garima_j) October 17, 2021
In another part of the interview, the actor talked about how women are portrayed as the weaker gender in our films and how that impacts society.
Here are some of the reactions to this interview.
She was a legend…!!— Asit (@JkAshit) October 17, 2021
Brutally true even for our times— Sharique (@a_sharique) October 17, 2021
Immortal! Her performance and words too— Kalyan Mekala (కళ్యాణ్ మేకల) (@kalyanmekala) October 18, 2021
Every woman can relate to the anger in her voice.I think, we all experience it where we want shout out loud: it’s not my body or just my body, it’s you and your objectification of it.— Diksha Makhija (@idikshamakhija) October 18, 2021
Some might not understand or know the right words to explain but all can relate to her sentiment
On point! She was the finest India never got to see enough. Went much much before her time.— Arif Ayyub (@arifayyub) October 17, 2021
So well spoken and such intelligence. She went away way too soon.— Subhor Khanna (@subhor) October 17, 2021
One celeb who I wish didn’t die so young. She is such heart. So so strikingly beautiful inside and out— Purrkaj Caturvedi blog 🙀 🏳️🌈 (@citizenbolario) October 17, 2021
Look at her poise! It shows her mastery over the craft. We lost you too soon Smita Ji. I would like to repeat the same words Amitabh Bachchan Ji once said about Helen Ji: Na app jaisa pahele kabhi koi aaya tha, naa aayega.— JD (@Jaydeep46640597) October 18, 2021
Clearly, Smita Patil was ahead of her time, she’s spoken about things that are a reality even today. You can watch more of her here.
If being articulate was a person, she’d be it!