Smita Patil was known for her work in films like Bhumika, Shakti and Arth. The actress died in 1986 following childbirth complications. She was 31.
Chitrangada says she considers it a compliment when people compare her with Smita Patil.
"It is an added advantage for me. Many feel that my face resembles her. It feels really great when people are remind of a person, who is not there, through me," she said.