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Amitabh: Smita Patil's son was impressive in Jaane Tu

By Gullu Gupshup
July 04, 2008 15:28 IST
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The latest post in Amitabh Bachchan's blog is quite touching, as he reminices about his one-time co-star Smita Patil.


Bachchan, who watched Aamir Khan's new production, Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na, said that he loved the film, especially Prateik Babbar's cameo in the film.


Prateik, the son of Smita Patil and Raj Babbar, made Bachchan nostalgic and took him down memory lane.


'Prateik, Smita Patil's son was so impressive in a small but significant role,' Bachchan wrote in his blog. "His face is so much like his mother's. It brought back all our memories of working together in Shakti and Namak Halal and all her fears of working in commercial escapist cinema.'


Bachchan remembers how Smita Patil would drop in at his home, as she stayed nearby. Her intuitions always proved right. Once, she called him in the middle of the night to inquire about him, just a few days before he was seriously injured on the sets of Coolie.


'I was in Bangalore shooting for the film and in the middle of the night, I got a call from her,' Bachchan writes. 'It was a bit surprising for me. She and I were not on telephone call terms. It was the first time I was receiving her phone and what she asked turned out to be true. She said she was worried for me and wanted to know if all was well for she had had a premonition that something wrong or dangerous was going to happen to me. I had joked about it with her. But 2 days later the accident on the set happened.


'She herself was a soft gentle and delicate human, full of compassion for others,' he adds. 'Her death came suddenly and too too early. We needed her to be with us much longer. On seeing Prateik on screen tonight, everything came back... except Smita!'


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