Those filmmakers and co-stars fortunate enough to know her closely, still share anecdotes and instances to this day which stand testament to her influential, inspiring yet short-lived contribution to cinema
"Mrinal da being a good East Bengali had to have fish all the time. That must have turned her stomach. She used to borrow vegetables and cooking oil from the cook and made her own food on a stove," recalled actor Dhritiman Chatterjee in Smita Patil: A Brief Incandescence, a biography written on the actress
Actor Prateik believes that the much-awaited turning point of his life can come with his upcoming release Issaq.