Raveena Tandon

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Raveena Tandon
Raveena Tandon in Umang 2020.jpg
Tandon in 2020
Born (1972-10-26) 26 October 1972 (age 49)[1]
Bombay (present-day Mumbai), Maharashtra, India
  • Actress
  • model
Years active1991–present
Anil Thadani
(m. 2004)

Raveena Tandon (born 26 October 1972) is an Indian actress, model and producer who works in Hindi films. She is the daughter of director Ravi Tandon, and was born and raised in Mumbai. She started her career in modelling and later made her acting debut in the 1991 action film Patthar Ke Phool, which won her the Filmfare Award for New Face of the Year.

In 1994, Tandon starred in the box-office hit action dramas Dilwale and Mohra.[2] Her performance in the drama Laadla (1994) earned her a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress. Her other notable film of the year was the cult comedy Andaz Apna Apna. Her films released in this period included the box-office successes Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi (1996), Ziddi (1997) and Ghulam-E-Mustafa (1997).

After a short hiatus, Tandon made a comeback by starring in comedies such as Gharwali Baharwali (1998), Bade Miyan Chote Miyan (1998), Dulhe Raja (1998) and Anari No.1 (1999), and garnered praise for her performance in the crime drama Shool (1999). In the early 2000s, she ventured into arthouse cinema with roles in the 2001 films Daman and Aks, both of which garnered her critical acclaim, winning the National Film Award for Best Actress for the former while the latter won her the Filmfare Special Performance Award. Further praise came for her leading roles in the political drama Satta (2003) and the Sahara One television series Sahib Biwi Gulam (2004).

After her marriage to the film distributor Anil Thadani, she took a break from films and some of her delayed films were released during this time. Tandon ventured into television as a talent judge on several reality dance shows and hosted her own talk shows Isi Ka Naam Zindagi (2012) and Simply Baatien With Raveena (2014). After several years of hiatus, she starred in a leading role in the thriller Maatr (2017). 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[edit]

Tandon was born in Bombay (present-day Mumbai) to Ravi Tandon and Veena Tandon. Tandon is a niece of character actor Mac Mohan and thus a cousin of Manjari Makijany, his daughter.[3] She has a brother Rajiv Tandon, who was married to actress Rakhi Tandon.[4] She is also a cousin of actress Kiran Rathod.[5] She started her career as a model.[6]

She received her education at Jamnabai Narsee School in Juhu and attended Mithibai College in Mumbai. 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.[7]

Acting career[edit]

Debut and early success (1991–94)[edit]

Tandon debuted with the film Patthar Ke Phool (1991) which was a hit;[8] she received the Filmfare Award for Lux New Face of the Year for her performance.

Her next films Mohra (1994), Dilwale (1994) and Laadla (1994) were box office hits while the third from these earned her a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress. Mohra and Laadla were the second and seventh-biggest hits of 1994, respectively.[9] 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.

Professional expansion (1995–99)[edit]

In 1995, she starred with Shah Rukh Khan for the first time in Zamaana Deewana; the film failed to do well.[10]

Her career was back on track with hit films such as Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi (1996)[11] and Ziddi (1997) opposite Sunny Deol, become the blockbuster hit of that year and Salaakhen (1998) .[12] She also received praise for her performance in Ghulam-E-Mustafa, another hit of the year 1997. 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 be the second biggest hit of the year.[13] 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.[14] 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.[13]

In 1999, Tandon starred opposite Upendra in his self-titled Kannada psychological thriller film, Upendra.[15] She also received praise from critics for her performance in Shool.

National Award and rise to prominence (2000–2006)[edit]

Tandon worked in films such as Shool (1999), Bulandi (2000) and Aks (2001), which won her huge acclaim from the critics. She won many awards as well as the Filmfare Special Performance Award for her performance in Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's Aks.[16]

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.[17] 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".[18]

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".[19] 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".[20] Her only release in 2006 was Sandwich which opened to poor reviews and reception.[21]

Comeback (2014–present)[edit]

In 2014, she judged season 1 of CEO's Got Talent on CNBC TV18 with Mahesh Bhatt and Raj Nayak.[22] 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.[23] 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.[24] In 2022, Tandon was seen in K.G.F: Chapter 2 alongside Yash and Sanjay Dutt.[25]

Off-screen work[edit]

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.[26]

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.[27]

In November 2002, Tandon sang to support People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. She has posed in many advertisement campaigns joining the likes of John Abraham, Shilpa Shetty and Amisha Patel. 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".[28]

Personal life[edit]

Tandon adopted two girls, Pooja and Chhaya, as a single mother in 1995 when they were 11 and 8-years-old, respectively.[29] During late 90s she was dating Akshay Kumar, and had announced him as her boyfriend.

She began dating film distributor Anil Thadani during the making of her film Stumped (2003). Their engagement was announced in November 2003 and she married Thadani on 22 February 2004, in Jag Mandir Palace in Udaipur, Rajasthan according to Punjabi traditions.[30] In March 2005, Tandon gave birth to her daughter Rasha. In July 2008, she gave birth to her son Ranbirvardhan.[31][32]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Tandon at the 48th National Film Awards ceremony in New Delhi on 12 December 2001.
Year Film Award Category Result Ref
1992 Patthar Ke Phool Filmfare Awards Lux New Face of the Year Won [33]
1995 Laadla Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2001 Daman: A Victim of Marital Violence National Film Awards Best Actress Won [34]
2002 Aks Filmfare Awards Special Performance Award Won [35]
Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards Best Supporting Actress Won [36]
Bollywood Movie Awards Best Actress (Critics) Won [citation needed]
Bollywood Movie Awards Best Supporting Actress Won [citation needed]
Awadh Samman Awarded by the Government of Uttar Pradesh Won [37]
Screen Awards Best Supporting Actress Won [38]
2005 Satta Screen Awards Best Actress Nominated [38]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Top Actresses". Box Office India. Archived from the original on 4 January 2012. Retrieved 28 November 2021.
  3. ^ Parkar, Shaheen (8 September 2012). "Raveena and cousin Manjari have their films screened on the same day". Mid-Day. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  4. ^ Trivedi, Tanvi (4 May 2017). "Rakhi Vijan: I am keen to get married again but i don't want to have kids - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 30 September 2020.
  5. ^ "PICS: इस राजस्थानी ने अपने अंदाज से साउथ को बनाया अपना दीवाना". Dainik Bhaskar (in Hindi). 11 January 2014. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
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  15. ^ Suri, Rishabh (17 February 2021). "Raveena Tandon: KGF 2 will be my second Kannada film after Upendra 22 years ago". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 20 February 2022.
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  28. ^ "Raveena joins PETA". The Times of India. Retrieved 13 September 2007.
  29. ^ Shaheen Parkar (24 May 2011). "Raveena Tandon: The Wedding planner". Mumbai: Mid-Day. Retrieved 10 March 2012.
  30. ^ "Raveena's wedding will now be a movie". Rediff. 25 February 2004. Retrieved 18 November 2015.
  31. ^ "Raveena gives birth to baby girl". www.rediff.com. 16 March 2005. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  32. ^ "Raveena Tandon shares daughter's boxing video, says no one messes with her little Mary Kom". Hindustan Times. 4 January 2019. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  33. ^ Patthar Ke Phool Awards: List of Awards won by Hindi movie Patthar Ke Phool, retrieved 22 October 2020
  34. ^ "rediff.com: Raveena Tandon wins the National Award in Real Audio". Rediff. Archived from the original on 26 September 2020. Retrieved 22 October 2020.
  35. ^ "Raveena Tandon Awards: List of awards and nominations received by Raveena Tandon | Times of India Entertainment". timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Archived from the original on 25 September 2020. Retrieved 22 October 2020.
  36. ^ "People who don't win create controversy: Raveena on Akshay's National award debate". Deccan Chronicle. 19 April 2017. Archived from the original on 20 October 2020. Retrieved 22 October 2020.
  37. ^ "69th & 70th Annual Hero Honda BFJA Awards 2007". Bfjaawards.com. Archived from the original on 27 December 2007. Retrieved 27 October 2008.
  38. ^ a b "The Sunday Tribune - Spectrum - Lead Article". www.tribuneindia.com. Archived from the original on 21 August 2020. Retrieved 22 October 2020.

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