The Ac­tors

India Today - - MAIL - by Vaiju Mahin­droo

“Hansa Wad­kar is the most dif­fi­cult film I have done so far, and there­fore, the most sat­is­fy­ing. It was fright­en­ing at first—it is a plum role which any ac­tress would give her right hand to get—and I didn’t feel con­fi­dent enough to tackle it. But I guess ul­ti­mately it is a que­tion of hav­ing faith in one’s di­rec­tor—such a won­der­ful rap­port ex­ists be­tween me and Shyam—i know what he wants from me and he knows how much I can give him,” says Smita Patil who plays the lead in Shyam Bene­gal’s lat­est film based of the life of ac­tress Hansa Wad­kar (a pop­u­lar Marathi screen hero­ine of the 40s and 50s). In the last three years, Patil has come a long way from be­ing Bom­bay TV’S an­nouncer “who re­sem­bles Jaya Bhaduri”, to be­come the favourite lead­ing lady of Shyam Bene­gal’s unit. Patil im­pressed with her brief but sen­si­tive per­for­mance as the sa­min­dar’s wife in Nis­hant and has since gone on to star in Bene­gal’s Man­than— In­dia’s of­fi­cial en­try at the fes­ti­val to be held at New Delhi in De­cem­ber. Sur­pris­ingly enough, Patil has kept hersellf away from the big ban­ner com­mer­cial film rack­ets.“i hope I don’t get pushed into do­ing com­mer­cial films be­cause truly, that will be the end of Smita Patil!”

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