Raveena Tandon (born 26 October 1974), also known by her married name Raveena Tandon Thadani, is an Indian actress, producer and a former model who primarily appears in Hindi films. She is the daughter of director Ravi Tandon. Tandon is the recipient of several awards, including a National Film Award and two Filmfare Awards and is one of Bollywood's most popular actresses and has subsequently established a career with a variety of character types in diverse film genres.
Raveena Tandon at Sabse Bada Kalakar in 2017
|Born||26 October 1974|
|Occupation||Actress, producer, TV host|
Anil Thandani (m. 2004)
Tandon made her acting debut in Patthar Ke Phool (1991), and won a Filmfare Award for Lux New Face of the Year for her performance in the film. Subsequently, she featured in several commercial successes including Zamane Se Kya Darna (1994), Laadla (1994), Aatish (1994), Dilwale (1994), Mohra (1994), Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi (1996), Ziddi (1997), Ghulam-E-Mustafa (1997), Gharwali Baharwali (1998), Bade Miyan Chote Miyan (1998), Anari No.1 (1998), Dulhe Raja (1998) among others. In the early 2000s, she ventured into more serious roles and turned towards arthouse and parallel cinema and got high critical acclaim for her performances including the 1999 action drama Shool, the 2000 family drama Bulandi, the 2001 supernatural thriller Aks, the 2002 horror Sandhya, the 2003 political drama Satta and the 2004 crime thriller Jaago. She won the National Film Award for Best Actress for her performance in Kalpana Lajmi's Daman: A Victim of Marital Violence (2001). These accomplishments established her as a leading actress of Bollywood. She made a comeback in 2017 with a leading role in Maatr.
In addition to acting in films, Tandon is an active stage performer and has produced two films. She is also active in social work, especially in the field of combating child labour in India. Since 2009, Tandon has also been associated with UNICEF on the issue of maternal and neonatal healthcare and well-being. In 2013, Tandon campaigned for PETA. She is known in the Indian media for publicly speaking her mind and being outspoken. She featured as a host on the TV shows Isi Ka Naam Zindagi and Simply Baatien With Raveena and as a talent judge on Sabse Bada Kalakar and The Drama Company. Tandon is married to Anil Thadani with whom she has a daughter and a son.
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. She dropped out of college and decided to pursue her film career.
1991–94: Debut and early successEdit
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. Her other releases of that year included the thriller Imtihaan and the cult comedy Andaz Apna Apna.
1995–96: Career fluctuationsEdit
1996–99: Box office successEdit
Her career was back on track with hit films such as Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi (1996) and Ziddi (1997), both being big hits of their respective year. 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. 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. 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.
In 1999, Tandon starred opposite Upendra in his self-titled Kannada psychological thriller film, Upendra. Her film Anari No.1oppossite Govinda became super hit the at the box office. She also received praise from critics for her performance in Shool.
2000–2006: National Award and rise to prominenceEdit
In the 2000s, Tandon turned her career professional. She went on to work more with art film directors and realistic cinema. It proved to be a good turning as films such as 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.
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. 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".
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". 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". Her only release in 2006 was Sandwich which opened to poor reviews and reception.
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. In 2017, she was seen in the thriller movie Maatr in which she played a mother who seeks revenge for her daughter's rape. Her performance was appreciated and gained critical acclaim for her performance. Her next release of the year was Onir's Shab, where she played a socialite. In addition, she has also reportedly committed to Anurag Kashyap's Return Gift.
She adopted two girls, Pooja and Chhaya, as a single mother in 1995 when they were 11 and 8 years old, respectively.
Tandon began dating film distributor Anil Thadani during the making of her film Stumped (2003). Their engagement was announced in November 2003. She married Thadani on 22 February 2004 in Jag Mandir Palace in Udaipur, Rajasthan according to Punjabi traditions. She gave birth to a baby girl named Rasha on 16 March 2005 and had her second child, a baby boy named Ranbirvardhan, on 12 July 2007.
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.
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 of Satyanet Solutions, as they claimed that Tandon and her husband had met through the website.
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 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".
Awards and nominationsEdit
|1993||Patthar Ke Phool||Filmfare Awards||Lux New Face of the Year||Won|
|1994||Laadla||Filmfare Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|2002||Daman: A Victim of Marital Violence||National Film Awards||Best Actress||Won|
|Aks||Filmfare Awards||Special Performance Award||Won|
|Screen Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Won|
|Bollywood Movie Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Won|
|Bollywood Movie Awards||Critics Award Female||Won|
|Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Won|
|Awadh Samman||Awarded by the Government of Uttar Pradesh||Won|
|2004||Satta||Screen Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|2011||Laboratory||Kalakar Awards||Best Actress||Won|
|2012||Shobhana 7 Nights||Indian Film Festival of Houston||Best Actress||Won |
|2017||Maatr||Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Award||Best Actress Critic||Won |
|2018||Maatr||Lions Gold Awards||Performance With Social Impact||Won |
|2018||Maatr||Bollywood Film Journalists Awards:||Special Trendsetter Award||Won|
|2018||N/A||GeoSpa AsiaSpa Awards||Woman of Substance Award||Won|
|2018||Maatr||Society Awards||Acting Excellence Award||Won|
|2018||N/A||Iconic Awards||Women Empowerment Icon Award||Won|
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