Smita Patil was a far better actor than me, says Rekha
The first ever Smita Patil memorial award was given to Rekha for her contribution in the film industry. National award-winning actor Smita Patil passed away in 1986.
Legendary actor Rekha, who received the first Smita Patil Memorial Award in Mumbai, said she found the late actor was a far better performer than her.
The award was conferred to Rekha for her contribution in the field of cinema on Saturday.
“I am really glad that I am receiving an award in the name of Smita. I also want to say that you all did the right thing that you decided to give the first-ever Smita Patil Memorial Award to me because I think only I have the right to receive this award,” Rekha said.
Elucidating her comment, Rekha said, “This award signifies the excellence of her (Smita Patil’s) craft, which includes her acting abilities, dancing abilities or her ability to be fearless in front of the camera or in choosing her roles or the way she could just live that moment and make a statement on-screen with her beautiful eyes without saying a single word.
“I am not saying this because I have won an award in her name. It is because I feel she had far more finesse and was brilliant as an actor. I realized this thing 30 years ago when I decided to watch all her films. Today, I can say that she was a far better actor than me and than anybody else.”
Amruta Subhash, Prateik Babbar and legendary music composer Anandji Virji Shah were also present at the award function. Rekha also told Prateik, son of Smita Patil and Raj Babbar, “when you are in doubt just call me”.
“I am here, but there is no way I can match up to her.”