Raveena Tandon

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Raveena Tandon
Bombay (present-day Mumbai), Maharashtra
, India
Years active1991–present
Anil Thadani
(m. 2004)
HonoursPadma Shri (2023)

Raveena Tandon (born 26 October 1972) is an Indian actress known for her work in

Indian civilian honour.[1]

The daughter of director

Bade Miyan Chote Miyan (1998), Dulhe Raja (1998) and Anari No.1 (1999). She also played against type in the crime dramas Ghulam-E-Mustafa (1997) and Shool

In the 2000s, Tandon ventured into

Simply Baatien With Raveena (2014). After several years of hiatus, Tandon starred in the thriller Maatr (2017) and received praise for her leading role in the Netflix crime thriller series Aranyak (2021).[3] Tandon had her highest-grossing release with a supporting role in K.G.F: Chapter 2 (2022).[4]

Tandon is also an environmentalist and has worked with PETA since 2002. Tandon has four children, two adopted and two with her husband.

Early life and background

Tandon was born on 26 October 1972

Bombay (present-day Mumbai) to filmmaker Ravi Tandon and Veena Tandon.[7] Tandon is a niece of character actor Mac Mohan and thus a cousin of Manjari Makijany, his daughter.[8] She has a brother Rajiv Tandon, who was married to actress Rakhee Tandon.[9] She is also a cousin of actress Kiran Rathod.[10]

Tandon received her education at Jamnabai Narsee School in Juhu and attended Mithibai College in Mumbai. Tandon started her career as a model,[11] but during her internship at Genesis PR, she got her first film offer. In an interview with Rediff Tandon stated,

I never thought I would become an actress. I was an intern at Genesis PR, helping [ad-man] Prahlad Kakkar, when friends and people around me started complimenting my looks. But [photographer-director] Shantanu Sheorey gave me the first break. He called and said he wanted to shoot with me. That was the time when models were becoming actors. I refused film offers. Prahlad kept saying millions of people are waiting for this chance and you keep refusing it. So I thought there is nothing to lose. Then Patthar Ke Phool happened.[12]

Acting career

1991—1993: Debut and breakthrough

Tandon debuted with the film

Filmfare Award for Lux New Face of the Year
for her performance. The film resulted in a breakthrough in her film career, and predominantly established her as an overnight star.

In 1992, she starred opposite Sanjay Dutt in Jeena Marna Tere Sang. The film was her only release of the year, and proved a moderate success. In 1993, Tandon had seven film releases. Dramas like Kshatriya and Divya Shakti were moderate successes. That year, she also starred in her Telugu cinema debut Bangaru Bullodu, which was recorded as a hit at the box office.

1994—1999: Rise to prominence and stardom

In 1994, Tandon had success by appearing in ten features: out of which most of them were successful and four films were the amongst one of the highest grossing productions of the year and they were: Mohra, Dilwale, Aatish, and Laadla. [14] She was nicknamed "Mast Mast Girl" after her performance in song "Tu cheez badi hai mast mast" in film Mohra.[15] Laadla also earned her a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress. Her other releases of that year included the thriller Imtihaan with Sunny Deol in lead and Saif Ali Khan and the cult comedy Andaz Apna Apna, the lattermost was a semi hit at the box office upon its release, and was not a major commercial success but has attained a cult status since years. Her Tamil debut Sadhu, was also a critical and commercial success. Her another release of the year: Zamane Se Kya Darna was profitable at the ticket window and emerged as a moderate success.

In 1995, she starred with Shah Rukh Khan for the first time in Zamaana Deewana; the film failed to do well.[16] Her career was back on track with hit films such as Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi (1996)[17] and Ziddi (1997) opposite Sunny Deol, become the blockbuster hit of that year and Salaakhen (1998).[18] She also received praise for her performance in Ghulam-E-Mustafa, another hit of the year 1997.

In 1998, Tandon reinforced her status as a leading lady by appearing in two critically and commercially successful productions:

Bade Miyan Chote Miyan, co-starring Amitabh Bachchan and Govinda turned out to be the second biggest hit of the year.[19] Tandon was offered the second lead in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai which went on to be the biggest hit of 1998, but she turned it down.[20] Her other releases of that year were Gharwali Baharwali, Vinashak: The Destroyer, Pardesi Babu and Aunty No. 1, some of which were moderate critical and commercial successes.[19]

In 1999, Tandon starred opposite Upendra in his self-titled Kannada psychological thriller film, Upendra, a box office success. She also starred in Anari No.1, which was a critical and commercial success. [21] She also received praise from critics for her performance in Shool.

2000—2006: Critical acclaim and further success

In the 2000s, Tandon ventured into art house productions, to learn a realistic way of acting, and rejected several mainstream film offers. Tandon worked in films such as Bulandi (2000) and

Her years in the industry paid off when she won the coveted National Film Award for Best Actress for her performance in Kalpana Lajmi's Daman: A Victim of Marital Violence (2001), where she played a battered wife to an abusive husband.[23] She surprised critics and audiences with her performance in the film and received much appreciation for her work. Critic Taran Adarsh said: "Raveena Tandon lends credibility to the role of a battered wife and walks away with the honours. The pathos she conveys through her expressions makes you realise that she's a performer of substance".[24]

Since then, she has starred in a number of critically acclaimed films, such as Satta (2003) and Dobara (2004), but has not had much box office success. Her role as a middle-class woman thrust into the world of politics in the former was praised. Critic Taran Adarsh wrote: "Raveena Tandon delivers a bravura performance. The actress takes giant strides as a performer, giving the right touches to her character. Here's a performance that's bound to be noticed".[25] Her role as a schizophrenic in Dobara was also praised with one critic saying: "Raveena is in sync with her character, playing her part with elaan".[26] Tandon also worked in the Sahara One television series Sahib Biwi Gulam, based on the 1953 Bengali novel Saheb Bibi Golam by Bimal Mitra.[27]

Her only release in 2006 was Sandwich which opened to poor reviews and reception. After doing several films, she took a break from actively appearing in films. [28]

2010s: Sporadic work in film and television

In 2014, she judged season 1 of CEO's Got Talent on CNBC TV18 with Mahesh Bhatt and Raj Nayak.[29] In 2015, she made a comeback to Bollywood in longtime friend Anurag Kashyap's magnum opus Bombay Velvet. Playing a sultry jazz singer, her brief performance was highly praised by critics.[30]

In 2017, she was seen in the thriller movie Maatr in which she plays a mother who seeks revenge for her daughter's rape. Her performance was lauded and she gained critical acclaim for her performance. Her next release of the year was Onir's Shab, where she plays a socialite.[31]

2020s: OTT debut

In 2021, Tandon made her OTT debut with the Netflix crime thriller web series

romantic comedy film Ghudchadi
by Binoy Gandhi, slated for a September 2023 release.

Off-screen work

Tandon with Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad
in 2003.

Tandon was chairperson of the

Children's Film Society of India from 2003,[33] but from 2004 the actress began to get complaints that she did not attend the organisation's meetings and that she was not involved with the activities set up by the society. In September 2005, Tandon resigned from her post citing personal reasons.[34]

In November 2005, Tandon sued the websites, Shaadi.com and Shaaditimes.com, claiming that they were using unauthorised images of her to promote the site. She also sued the owner of Satyanet Solutions, as they claimed that Tandon and her husband had met through the website.[35]

In November 2002, Tandon sang to support

cows being slaughtered for their skin, she said "Their abuse at the hands of corrupt skin and meat traders must be stopped".[37]

In 2023, Tandon became the first person from the entertainment industry, chosen to be a delegate at W20, the Women’s empowerment engagement wing at G20 New Delhi summit.[38][39]

Personal life

Tandon adopted two girls, Pooja and Chhaya, as a single mother in 1995 when they were 11 and 8-years-old, respectively.[40] During late 90s Tandon was dating actor Akshay Kumar and had announced him as her boyfriend. Although they were engaged, they later parted ways.[41][42]

Tandon began dating film distributor Anil Thadani, during the making of her film

Udaipur, Rajasthan according to Punjabi Khatri and Sindhi traditions.[44] Tandon gave birth to her daughter Rasha, in March 2005.[45] In July 2008, she gave birth to her son Ranbirvardhan.[46][47]

Public image

Tandon has often been regarded as one of the most popular actresses of the '90s.

Outlook India noted, "Raveena Tandon's filmography boasts of commercial entertainers as well as off-beat movies."[51] Times Now termed the actress "ravishing and rebellious".[52]

Throughout her career, Tandon was widely known for her dance numbers. Praising her dance, Filmfare noted, "A natural dancer who radiated oomph by the bucket, Raveena literally set the silver screen on fire with her moves."[49][53] Tandon termed her performance in Shool and Daman: A Victim of Marital Violence, as the ones that changed the perception of the audience. She added,

"People took me seriously as an actor after Shool and Daman. I was being perceived only as a 'pretty face' until these films showcased my acting capabilities."[54]

In 2023, the Government of India honoured Tandon with the Padma Shri, the fourth-highest civilian award, for her contribution to Indian cinema.[55] Tandon appeared on Forbes India's Celebrity 100 list of 2019, ranking 89th, with an estimated annual income of 24 million (US$300,000).[56] She appeared on Box Office India's list of three "Top Actresses" of 1994.[2] Rediff.com placed Tandon in their "Top Bollywood Actresses" list, where she ranked 1st in 2002 and 5th in 2021.[57][58] Tandon is a celebrity endroser for brands including iAir, Lux, 7 Up and Emami.[59][60] In 2016, Rapper Badshah used Tandon's name in his song "Kar Gayi Chull", from the film Kapoor & Sons.[61]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Film Result Ref.
1992 37th Filmfare Awards
Lux New Face of the Year
Patthar Ke Phool Won [62]
1995 40th Filmfare Awards Best Supporting Actress Laadla Nominated [63]
1999 People's Choice Awards Favourite Actress Shool Nominated [64]
2001 Daman: A Victim of Marital Violence Nominated
48th National Film Awards Best Actress Won [65]
2002 47th Filmfare Awards
Special Performance Award
Aks Won [66]
Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards Best Supporting Actress Won [67]
Bollywood Movie Awards Best Actress (Critics) Won [68]
Best Supporting Actress Won
Awadh Samman Awarded by the Government of Uttar Pradesh Won [69]
Screen Awards Best Supporting Actress Won [68]
2005 Best Actress Satta Nominated [70]
2022 Filmfare OTT Awards Best Actress (Drama Series) Aranyak Won [71]
Indian Film Festival of Melbourne Best Actress in a Series Nominated [72]
Indian Television Academy Awards Scroll of Honour Won [73]
Lokmat Stylish Awards Most Stylish Timeless Icon Won [74]
2023 Padma Shri Contribution in the field of arts Honoured [75]
Bollywood Hungama Style Icons Most Stylish Eternal Diva Won [76]

See also

  • List of Indian actresses


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