Whenever one remembers versatile Bollywood actresses with mettle, the ones who made a special place for themselves in the hearts of people, one cannot forget to mention the name of Smita Patil. Undoubtedly, she was a bundle of talent. Filmmakers who got an opportunity to work with her claim that no actress can match her finesse in acting. She has given memorable performances in her films like ‘Nishant’, ‘Bhumika’, ‘Namak Halaal’, ‘Umbartha’, ‘Mirch Masala’, for which she is admired even today. The untimely death of this talented performer was definitely a huge loss to films. It was two weeks after giving birth to her son Prateik that she died of childbirth complications on December 13, 1986, at the age of 31.
Recently, we stumbled upon an unusual fact about her death. Did you know that Smita had a surprisingly odd last wish? A wish which she wanted her makeup artist Deepak Sawant, from the film ‘Galiyon Ka Badshah’, to fulfill. The actress wanted her makeup done, lying down, as once she witnessed her co-star, late actor Raaj Kumar, getting his makeup done the same way. (Also Read: When Smita Patil had got an intuition about Amitabh Bachchan’s accident on ‘Coolie’ sets)
Smita Patil decided to get her makeup done in the same style. She went to her room and mentioned the same to her makeup artist Deepak Sawant, who told Smita that makeup done like this will not be a proper one. He also told her that when it comes to Raaj Kumar, his style is different and unique.
After much convincing, Smita finally agreed to not do the same. However, not before she extracted a promise from Deepak, that one day, she would get her makeup done, while lying down. Unfortunately, that day arrived when the actress passed away. Deepak Sawant revealed later on, that he had literally decked up Smita in the get-up of an Indian married woman after she died as this was her last wish.
Sad how some times things turn out. We will forever miss the presence of Smita Patil amongst us.