Veteran actress Rekha received the first Smita Patil Memorial Award on Saturday in Mumbai. On receiving the award, the Silsila actress said that Smita Patil was a far better actress than her and she has no qualms accepting that. “I am here to receive this award which signifies the excellence of her (Smita Patil’s) craft, her acting, dancing abilities or her ability to be fearless in front of the camera or the way she could lift those beautiful eyes of hers and make a statement without saying a word. All of this is not why I have received this award,” news agency PTI quoted Rekha as saying.
Smita Patil Memorial Award is held once in every two years. It is held in honour of late actress Smita Patil. Smita Patil, known for her contribution to the Eighties’ parallel cinema movement and her brilliant-yet-brief career in films, died a month after she gave birth to a son.
Elucidating her comment, of Smita Patil, Rekha said, “She was way more brilliant as an actress, which I got to know 30 years ago when I saw her films. She is far better actor than me or anybody else. She was, is and will always remain my choti si pyaari behen.”
Smita Patil’s son Prateik Babbar was also present at the award ceremony and shared moments of joy with Rekha on the stage.
Addressing Prateik, Rekha said, “Prateik, I know you have not spent time with her in the worldly sense but you’ve spent nine months with her which are very integral, very pure and important. You were the purest form of creation by God. In moments of doubts, you can call me. I shall try to be someone, who is a part of her. I always felt a connection with her. Prateik is a living example that she is right here with us.”
Smita Patil will be remembered forever for her roles in iconic movies like Arth, Manthan, Bhumika and Mirch Masala, which was her last project before she died and released posthumously. Nazrana, Avam and Thikana are also some of her films, which released after her death.ndtv