Veteran actor Raj Babbar on Sunday remembered his late wife and iconic actor Smita Patil on her 34th death anniversary and penned a heartfelt note to mark the day.

The Nikaah star took to his Instagram page and shared a beautiful picture of Patil, dressed in a black printed saree. “You were just 31 when you left us. The short pathway of memories you walked, left so many indelible impressions that your absence isn’t easy to believe. You saw so little & yet had so much to showcase. Your hasty retreat from our lives would always remain unexplained,” he added.

The Ardha Satya star’s son Prateik Babbar, too, remembered Patil and penned a heartfelt note with a gorgeous monochromatic picture of the late star.

“34 years ago today my mother left us… Over the years… I’ve tried to imagine & create the perfect image of her… in my mind & heart… we’ve arrived at a very special place… a very precious place… now… she’s the perfect mother… the perfect woman… the perfect role model… the apple of every little boys’ eye… that perfect mother every little boy idolises… & wants to grow up to be like… the one that will never leave your side… & stay with you… #4ever… till the end of time… & every year… she grows younger… with me… she’s 65 years young now… she will continue to live with me… within me… to infinity… & beyond… my beautiful… mama queen… my reason… numero uno… my #superstar #legend rest in #love… in #power… in #paradise.”

With the post hitting the photo-sharing platform, scores of Prateik’s fans and industry colleagues took to the comments section to show the actor some love.

Amyra Dastur, Ayesha Shroff dropped several heart emojis in reaction to the post.

An iconic actor and style icon, Smita Patil, died at the age of 31 reportedly due to childbirth complications. The actor appeared in over 80 films in a career that spanned just over a decade. In the year 1985, she also received the prestigious Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian honour. 

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