Smita and Shabana Azmi had passed out from the same college and did same kind of movies. In an interview Shabana said, Smita and “I never became friends”. But added that, “We has so much in common – we came from similar background and were launched by the same director and worked in same kind of cinema.” They worked together in select movies like Mandi, Arth and Nishant. In Mahesh Bhatt’s Arth (1982), Smita showed excellent acting as a schizophrenic patient. Mandi was released in 1983, where she played a role of prostitute.