Raveena Tandon

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Raveena Tandon
Tandon at Colors Golden Petal Awards in Dec 2012
Born Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Occupation Actress, producer, TV host
Years active 1991–2006, 2011–present
Spouse(s) Anil Thadani (2004–present)
Children 4
Relatives Ravi Tandon (father)
Rajiv Tandon (brother)
Vishal Singh (cousin)
Reshma Singh (cousin)
Kiran Rathod (cousin)

Raveena Tandon is an Indian actress, producer, and a former model. She has primarily worked in Bollywood films, though she appeared in a few Telugu, Tamil, and Kannada cinemas.

Tandon made her acting debut with Patthar Ke Phool (1991), and won a Filmfare Lux New Face Award for her performance in the film. During the 90s, she was part of several commercial successes such as Dilwale (1994), Mohra (1994), Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi (1996) and Ziddi (1997), among others. Despite attaining popularity, her main successful period evolved in the early 2000s, when she ventured into more serious roles and turned towards arthouse and parallel cinema. She got high critical acclaim for her performances in films like Aks (2001), Satta (2003), Shool (1999), and Sandhya (2002). She was at the peak of her career in 2002, when she won the National Film Award for Best Actress for her performance in Kalpana Lajmi's Daman: A Victim of Marital Violence (2001).

In 2012 she appeared as a host on the TV show Isi Ka Naam Zindagi.[1]

Early life[edit]

Tandon attended Jamnabai Narsee School in Juhu and studied at Mithibai College. She completed her first and second years at the college. During her time as an intern, she got her first film offer from Shantanu Sheorey which she accepted.[2] She dropped out of college and decided to pursue her film career.[2]

Her father was a producer and directed some films in the 1970s and 1980s. She has a brother named Rajeev Tandon, who had a brief career in Bollywood films. Her cousin, Kiran Rathod, is also Indian actress.[3] Her other cousin, Reshma Singh, acted in television serials. A third cousin, Vishal Singh, is an actor for television serials.


1991–94: Debut and breakthrough[edit]

Raveena Tandon debuted with the film Patthar Ke Phool (1991) which was a hit;[4] she received the Filmfare Lux New Face Award for her performance.

Her next films Mohra (1994) and Dilwale (1994) were big hits at the box. Laadla (1994) earned her a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress. Mohra was the second biggest hit of 1994.[5] Her other releases of that year included the thriller Imtihaan and the comedy Andaz Apna Apna. The former was also a hit.[5]

She had to wait for one year to get her film Patthar Ke Phool released though her first movie Anjaane (1991 and 1994) was shelved twice due to contract conflicts between Ultra videos and Moser baer.

1995–96: Rough patch[edit]

In 1995, she starred with Shahrukh Khan for the first time in Zamaana Deewana; the film failed to do well.[6] Her next few films also failed to do well at the box office and her career saw a drop in her success as she apparently did not show any interest in doing more movies following her engagement with actor Akshay Kumar. She stopped working during this period due to personal problems and rejected many lucrative big budgeted movie offers that later went on to be blockbusters.

1996–99: Box office success[edit]

Her career was back on track with hit films like Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi (1996)[7] and Ziddi (1997), both being big hits each of its respective year.[8] In 1997, she was to play her first villainous role in Dus but the film was shelved after the director's death when 40% of the film's shooting had been completed. She was also offered the 2nd lead in blockbuster movies "Dil to Pagal Hai" (1997) and "Gupt" (1997), but declined both movies as she had taken a sabbatical at the time. She also left another superhit, the Anil Kapoor-starrer "Virasat(1997)". Had she done all these movies she would have been the most successful actress of that time.

In 1998, Tandon had eight releases. Her last release of that year, Bade Miyan Chote Miyan, co-starring Amitabh Bachchan and Govinda turned out to the second biggest hit of the year.[9] 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.[10] Her other releases of that year were Gharwali Baharwali which gained a below average status, Vinashak, Pardesi Babu and Aunty No. 1, all of which were unsuccessful.[9]

In 1999, Tandon starred opposite Upendra in his self-titled Kannada psychological thriller film, Upendra.[11]

2000–2005: National Award and critical acclaim[edit]

In the 2000s (decade), Tandon turned her career professionally. She went on to work more with art film directors and realistic cinema. It proved to be a good turning as films like Shool (1999), Bulandi (2000) and Aks (2001) won her huge acclaim. She won many awards as well as the Filmfare Special Performance Award for her performance in Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's Aks.[12]

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.[13] 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".[14]

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".[15] 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".[16] Her only release in 2006 was Sandwich which opened to poor reviews and reception.[17] Tandon has also produced the films Stumped (2003) and Pehchaan: The Face of Truth (2005), neither of which had much success at the box office.

In 2015, she made a comeback to Bollywood in longtime friend Anurag Kashayp's magnum opus Bombay Velvet. Playing a sultry jazz singer, her brief performance was lauded by critics. [18] She is currently filming Onir's Shab, where she plays a socialite. [19] In addition, she has also reportedly committed to Anurag Kashyap's Return Gift.

Personal life[edit]

She adopted two girls, Pooja and Chhaya, as a single mother in 1995 when they were 11 and 8 years old, respectively.[20]

Tandon began dating film distributor Anil Thadani during the making of her film Stumped (2003). Their engagement was announced in November 2003.[21] She married Thadani on 22 February 2004 in Jag Mandir Palace in Udaipur, Rajasthan according to Punjabi traditions.[22] She gave birth to a baby girl named Rasha on 16 March 2005 and had her second child, a baby boy named Ranbir, on 12 July 2007.[23]


Tandon was chairperson of the Children's Film Society of India from 2003, 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.[24]

In November 2005, Tandon sued the websites, Shaadi.com and Shaaditimes.com, claiming that they were using unauthorized images of her to promote the site. She also sued the owner Satyanet Solutions, as they claimed that Tandon and her husband had met through the website.[25]


In November 2002, Tandon sang on to support the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. She has posed in many advertisement campaigns joining the likes of Shilpa Shetty, Amisha Patel and John Abraham. On the issue of cows being slaughtered for their skin, she said "their abuse at the hands of corrupt skin and meat traders must be stopped".[26]

Awards And Nominations[edit]

List of acting awards and nominations
Year Film Award Category Result
1992 Patthar Ke Phool Filmfare Awards Lux New Face Award Won
1994 Laadla Filmfare Awards Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2002 Daman: A Victim of Marital Violence National Film Awards Best Actress Won
2002 Aks Filmfare Awards Special Performance Award Won
2002 Aks Screen Awards Best Supporting Actress Won
2002 Aks Bollywood Movie Awards Best Supporting Actress Won
2002 Aks Bollywood Movie Awards Critics Award Female Won
2002 Aks Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards Best Supporting Actress Won'[27]
2002 Aks Awadh Samman by the Government of Uttar Pradesh Won
2004 Satta Screen Awards Best Actress Nominated



Year Title Role Notes
1991 Patthar Ke Phool Kiran Filmfare Lux New Face Award
1992 Parampara Vijaya
1992 Jeena Marna Tere Sang
1993 Ek Hi Raasta Priya Choudhry
1993 Ratha Sarathi Telugu Film
1993 Divya Shakti Priya
1993 Kshatriya Neelima
1993 Pehla Nasha Avantika
1993 Bangaru Bullodu Priya Telugu Film
1994 Zamane Se Kya Darna
1994 Laadla Kaajal Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress
1994 Insaniyat Salma
1994 Dilwale Sapna
1994 Aatish Nisha
1994 Andaz Apna Apna Karishma/Raveena
1994 Mohra Roma
1994 Imtihaan Priti
1994 Main Khiladi Tu Anari Raveena (herself) Special appearance
1994 Sadhu Selvi Tamil film
1995 Zamaana Deewana Priya Malhotra
1995 Taqdeerwala Lily
1995 Saajan Ki Baahon Mein Sapna Narang
1996 Rakshak Special appearance in song "Shahar Ki Ladki"
1996 Ek Anari Do Khiladi Priya Rao
1996 Vijeta Vijaya
1996 Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi Priya
1997 Ghulam-E-Mustafa Kavita
1997 Dus Nasheman (Terrorist) Incomplete film
1997 Ziddi Jaya
1997 Daava Seema
1998 Gharwali Baharwali Kajal
1998 Vinashak – Destroyer Kajol Agnihotri
1998 Keemat – They Are Back Sharmili
1998 Salaakhen Neha G. Rao
1998 Aunty No. 1 Sandhya
1998 Dulhe Raja Kiran Singhania
1998 Barood Neha
1998 Bade Miyan Chote Miyan Seema
1998 Pardesi Babu Karuna
1999 Shool Manjari Singh
1999 Gair Madhu
1999 Rajaji Payal
1999 Jai Hind Gulnar
1999 Anari No.1 Sapna
1999 Upendra Keerthi Kannada film
2000 Tune Mera Del Le Liyaa
2000 Anjaane Though she appeared in this movie first, Patthar Ke Phool is considered as debut.
2000 Bulandi Meena
2000 Jung Naina
2000 Kahin Pyaar Na Ho Jaaye Nisha
2000 Khauff Special appearance
2000 Ghaath Special appearance
2001 Daman: A Victim of Marital Violence Durga National Film Award for Best Actress
2001 Aks Neeta Filmfare Special Performance Award
2001 Akasa Veedhilo Indu Telugu film
2001 Aalavandhan Tejaswini Tamil film
Dubbed into Telugu and Hindi as Abhay
2001 Officer Meenal Patel/ Namita Sharma
2002 Agni Varsha Vishaka
2002 Akhiyon Se Goli Maare Kiran
2002 Waah! Tera Kya Kehna Salma Khan
2002 Soch Preeti Sardesai
2003 Ek Hindustani
2003 Satta Anuradha Sehgal
2003 Pran Jaye Par Shaan Na Jaye Laxmi Rathod
2003 Stumped Reema Seth
2003 Qayamat: City Under Threat Mamta
2003 LOC Kargil Rampal's wife
2004 Jaago Shweta
2004 Yeh Lamhe Judaai Ke Jaya
2004 Police Force: An Inside Story Roma
2004 Aan: Men at Work Roshni Verma
2004 Dobara Ria
2004 Ek Se Badhkar Ek Kanchan Dhillon
2005 Pehchaan: The Face of Truth Advocate Mridula M. Khanna
2006 Sandwich Nisha S. Singh
2011 Laboratory Sohini Bengali film
2011 Aap Ke Liye Hum
2011 Bbuddah... Hoga Terra Baap[28][29] Kamini
2012 Shobhana 7 Nights Shobhna
2014 Pandavulu Pandavulu Thummeda Satya Telugu film
2015 Bombay Velvet cameo
2015 Shab TBA Filming


Year Title Role Channel
2008 Chak De Bachche Judge 9X
2011 Comedy Ka Maha Muqabala Judge STAR Plus
2012 It's My Life Host NDTV

See also[edit]


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  18. ^ "Revealed: Raveena Tandon's Bombay Velvet Look". Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
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  21. ^ "Engagement". Retrieved 13 September 2007. 
  22. ^ "Marriage". Retrieved 13 September 2007. 
  23. ^ "indiafm.com". Retrieved 13 July 2007. 
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  25. ^ "Tandon files case". Retrieved 11 September 2007. 
  26. ^ "Raveena joins PETA". The Times of India. Retrieved 13 September 2007. 
  27. ^ "69th & 70th Annual Hero Honda BFJA Awards 2007". Bfjaawards.com. Retrieved 27 October 2008. [dead link]
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