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Raveena Tandon (born 26 October 1974), also known by her married name Raveena Tandon Thadani, is an Indian actress, producer, television personality and a former model who primarily appears in Hindi films. She is the daughter of director Ravi Tandon. One of the country's most popular actresses, Tandon is the recipient of several awards, including a National Film Award and two Filmfare Awards. She has established a career with a variety of character types in a range of film genres.

Raveena Tandon
The Central Board of Film Certification Office Opening
Tandon in 2011
Born (1974-10-26) 26 October 1974 (age 44)[1]
OccupationActress, producer, TV host
Years active1991-present
Spouse(s)
Anil Thandani (m. 2004)
Children4
Relatives

Tandon made her acting debut in 1991 with Patthar Ke Phool, for which she won a Filmfare Award for Lux New Face of the Year. Subsequently, she featured as the female lead in several top-grossing productions, 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) and Dulhe Raja (1998). In the early 2000s, she ventured into arthouse and parallel cinema, and received critical recognition 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 a National Film Award for Best Actress for her performance in Kalpana Lajmi's Daman: A Victim of Marital Violence (2001). These accomplishments have established her a leading actress of Bollywood.

In addition to acting in films, Tandon is an active stage performer and has produced two films. She has also been active in social work, especially in the field of combating child labour in India. Since 2009, Tandon has been associated with UNICEF on the issue of maternal and neonatal healthcare and well-being. In 2013, Tandon campaigned for PETA. 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.[2] She is married to Anil Thadani with whom she has two children.

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Early life and backgroundEdit

Tandon was born in Bombay (Mumbai) to Ravi Tandon and Veena Tandon. She received her education at Jamnabai Narsee School in Juhu and attended Mithibai College. She was pursuing Bachelor of Arts and completed her first and second years at the college but later dropped since she started working. During her time as an intern at Genesis PR, she got her first film offer which she accepted. 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.[3]

Acting careerEdit

1991–94: Debut and early successEdit

Raveena Tandon debuted with the film Patthar Ke Phool (1991) which was a hit;[4] 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.[5] Her other releases of that year included the thriller Imtihaan and the cult comedy Andaz Apna Apna.

1995–96: Career fluctuationsEdit

In 1995, she starred with Shahrukh Khan for the first time in Zamaana Deewana; the film failed to do well.[6]

1996–99: Box office successEdit

Her career was back on track with hit films such as Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi (1996)[7] and Ziddi (1997), both being big hits of their respective year.[8] 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.[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] 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.[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]

2015–present: ComebackEdit

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] 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.[19] In addition, she has also reportedly committed to Anurag Kashyap's Return Gift.

Off-screen workEdit

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.[20]

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.[21]

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".[22]

Personal lifeEdit

Tandon adopted two girls, Pooja and Chhaya, as a single mother in 1995 when they were 11 and 8 year old, respectively.[23]

 
Tandon with her daughters for Dussehra celebration in 2018

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.[24] On 16 March 2005, Tandon gave birth to a daughter, Rasha. Two years later, on 12 July 2008, she gave birth to a son, Ranbirvardhan.[25]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Film Award Category Result
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[26]
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[27]
2017 Maatr Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Award Best Actress Critic Won[28]
2018 Maatr Lions Gold Awards Performance With Social Impact Won[29]
2018 Maatr Bollywood Film Journalists Awards: Special Trendsetter Award Won
2018 N/A GeoSpa AsiaSpa Awards Woman of Substance Award Won

[30]

2018 Maatr Society Awards Acting Excellence Award Won
2018 N/A Iconic Awards Women Empowerment Icon Award Won
2019 N/A Femina Beauty Awards Ageless Beauty Won[31]

See alsoEdit

  • Judged the show named Dance Fankar organized by Dhaivat Records & Productions held in Jaipur in which top dancers from age group 4-16 participated
  • List of Indian actresses

ReferencesEdit

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