7th Global Film Festival Noida declared a special award for Smita Patil for contribution to cinema and society. Her sister Manya Seth received the award on the first day of 7th GFFN presented by Sandeep Marwah President of GFFN.
Smita Patil (17 October 1955â€“ 13 December 1986) was an Indian actress of film, television and theatre. Regarded among the finest stage and film actresses of her times, Patil appeared in over 80 Hindi and Marathi films in a career that spanned just over a decade. During her career, she received two National Film Awards and a Filmfare Award. She was the recipient of the Padma Shri Indiaâ€™s fourth-highest civilian honor in 1985.
Apart from acting, Patil was an active feminist (in a distinctly Indian context) and a member of the Womenâ€™s Centre in Mumbai. She was deeply committed to the advancement of womenâ€™s issues, and gave her endorsement to films which sought to explore the role of women in traditional Indian society, their sexuality, and the changes facing the middle-class woman in an urban milieu.