Raveena Tandon

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Raveena Tandon
Tandon at Colors Golden Petal Awards in Dec 2012
Born(1974-10-26) 26 October 1974 (age 39)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
OccupationActress, producer, TV host
Years active1991–2006, 2011–present
Spouse(s)Anil Thadani (2004–present)
RelativesRavi Tandon (father)
Rajiv Tandon (brother)
Vishal Singh (cousin)
Reshma Singh (cousin)
Kiran Rathod (cousin)
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Raveena Tandon
Tandon at Colors Golden Petal Awards in Dec 2012
Born(1974-10-26) 26 October 1974 (age 39)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
OccupationActress, producer, TV host
Years active1991–2006, 2011–present
Spouse(s)Anil Thadani (2004–present)
RelativesRavi Tandon (father)
Rajiv Tandon (brother)
Vishal Singh (cousin)
Reshma Singh (cousin)
Kiran Rathod (cousin)

Raveena Tandon (born 26 October 1974[1]) is an Indian actress, producer, and a former model. She has primarily worked in Bollywood films, though she appeared in a few Tamil, Kannada and Telugu films as well.

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, she was not particularly recognised as an actor. This however changed 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) and Satta (2003), Shool (1999), 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). Despite the fact that she is considered a successful actress but had she been serious with her career (courtesy movies she declined) and not taken a sudden break (1995-1996), she would have been one of the Top actresses of Indian cinema undoubtedly.

She recently turned into TV host with her new chat show, Isi Ka Naam Zindagi (2012).

Early life[edit]

Raveena Tandon was born on 26 October 1974 in Mumbai, to filmmaker Ravi Tandon and Veena. Her name is an amalgamation of her parents' name. She 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 director of some films in the 1970s and 1980s. She has a brother named Rajiv Tandon, who had a brief career in Bollywood films. Her cousin, Kiran Rathod, is a South Indian actress.[3] One other cousin, Reshma Singh, acted in television serials. A third cousin, Vishal Singh, is a successful 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 debut performance.

Her next films Mohra (1994) and Dilwale (1994) were big hits at the box office whilst Laadla (1994), although an average performer, still 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]

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 2nd lead in Blocbuster 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 Anil kapoor satrrer "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] Coincidentally, 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 and Vinashak, Pardesi Babu and Aunty No. 1 all of which were un-successful.[9]

In 1999, Tandon starred opposite Kannada Superstar Upendra in his self-titled Kannada Telugu Psychological Thriller film, Upendra. The film was a blockbuster in Kannada and won many awards including Filmfare Award for Best Film and Filmfare Award for Best Director.[11][12]

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.[13]

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.[14] 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".[15]

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".[16] Her role as a schizophrenic in Dobara was also praised with one critic saying, "Raveena is in sync with her character, essaying her part with elaan".[17] Her only release in 2006 was Sandwich which opened to poor reviews and reception.[18] 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.

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.[19]

Tandon began dating film distributor Anil Thadani during the making of her film Stumped (2003). Their engagement was announced in November 2003.[20] She married Thadani on 22 February 2004 in Jag Mandir Palace in Udaipur, Rajasthan according to Punjabi traditions.[21] 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.[22]


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.[23]

In November 2005, Tandon sued the websites, Shaadi.com and Shaaditimes.com, claiming that they were using un-authorized 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.[24]


In November 2002, Tandon signed 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".[25]




1991Patthar Ke PhoolKiranFilmfare Lux New Face Award
1993Ek Hi RaastaPriya Choudhry
Ratha SarathiTelugu Film
Divya ShaktiPriya
Pehla NashaAvantika
Bangaru BulloduPriyaTelugu Film
1994Zamane Se Kya Darna
LaadlaKaajalNominated, Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress
Andaz Apna ApnaKarishma/Raveena
Main Khiladi Tu AnariRaveena (herself)Special appearance
SadhuTamil film
1995Zamaana DeewanaPriya Malhotra
Saajan Ki Baahon MeinSapna Narang
1996RakshakSpecial Appearance (song 'Shahar Ki Ladki')
Ek Anari Do KhiladiPriya Rao
Khiladiyon Ka KhiladiPriya
DusNasheman (Terrorist)Incomplete film
1998Gharwali BharwaliKajol
Vinashak – DestroyerKajol Agnihotri
Keemat – They Are BackSharmili
SalaakhenNeha G. Rao
Aunty No. 1Sandhaya
Dulhe RajaKiran Singhania
Bade Miyan Chote MiyanSeema
Pardesi BabuKaruna
1999ShoolManjari Singh
Jai HindGulnar
Anari No.1Sapna
UpendraKeerthiKannada film
2000Tune Mera Del Le Liyaa
Kahin Pyaar Na Ho JaayeNisha
KhauffSpecial Appearance
GhaathSpecial Appearance
2001Daman: A Victim of Marital ViolenceDurgaNational Film Award for Best Actress
AksNeetaFilmfare Special Performance Award
Akasa VeedhiloInduTelugu film
AalavandhanTejaswiniTamil film
Dubbed into Telugu and Hindi as Abhay
2002Agni VarshaVishaka
Akhiyon Se Goli MaareKiran
Waah! Tera Kya KehnaSalma Khan
SochPreeti Sardesai
2003Ek Hindustani
SattaAnuradha Sehgal
Pran Jaye Par Shaan Na JayeLaxmi Rathod
StumpedReema Seth
Qayamat: City Under ThreatMamta
LOC KargilRampal's wife
Yeh Lamhe Judaai KeJaya
Police Force:
An Inside Story
Aan: Men at WorkRoshni Verma
Ek Se Badhkar EkKanchan Dhillon
The Face of Truth
Advocate Mridula M. Khanna
2006SandwichNisha S. Singh
2011LaboratorySohiniBengali Film
Aap Ke Liye Hum
Bbuddah... Hoga Terra Baap[27][28]Kamini
2012Shobhana 7 NightsShobhna
2014Pandavulu Pandavulu ThummedaTelugu film
Bombay VelvetFilming


2012It's My LifeHostNDTV

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b "Raveena Tandon: I am like a dog, faithful and loyal". Rediff.com. 25 June 2004. Retrieved 11 September 2007. 
  3. ^ "Brother". Retrieved 13 September 2007. 
  4. ^ "boxofficeindia.com". Archived from the original on 6 December 2006. Retrieved 25 January 2007. 
  5. ^ a b "1994 box office report". Archived from the original on 29 June 2007. Retrieved 12 September 2007. 
  6. ^ "1995 box office report". Archived from the original on 25 August 2007. Retrieved 12 September 2007. 
  7. ^ "KKK: A Hit". Archived from the original on 27 August 2007. Retrieved 12 September 2007. 
  8. ^ "Ziddi: A Hit". 1997 box office chart. Archived from the original on 24 August 2007. Retrieved 12 September 2007. 
  9. ^ a b "1998 box office chart". Archived from the original on 2 September 2007. Retrieved 12 September 2007. 
  10. ^ "KKHH". Retrieved 12 September 2007. 
  11. ^ "Upendra 1999 film". 
  12. ^ "Upendra 1999 blockbuster film watch online". 
  13. ^ "Raveena wins Special Performance award". The Times of India. Retrieved 12 September 2007. 
  14. ^ "Raveena wins National Film Award". BBC News. 28 March 2001. Retrieved 12 September 2007. 
  15. ^ "Raveena steals the show". Retrieved 12 September 2007. 
  16. ^ "Raveena's performance in Satta". Retrieved 12 September 2007. 
  17. ^ "Raveena's performance in Dobara". Retrieved 12 September 2007. 
  18. ^ "Disaster for Sandwich". Retrieved 12 September 2007. 
  19. ^ Shaheen Parkar (24 May 2011). "Raveena Tandon: The Wedding planner". Mumbai: Mid Day. Retrieved 10 March 2012. 
  20. ^ "Engagement". Retrieved 13 September 2007. 
  21. ^ "Marriage". Retrieved 13 September 2007. 
  22. ^ "indiafm.com". Retrieved 13 July 2007. 
  23. ^ "Tandon resigns from CFSI". Retrieved 11 September 2007. 
  24. ^ "Tandon files case". Retrieved 11 September 2007. 
  25. ^ "Raveena joins PETA". The Times of India. Retrieved 13 September 2007. 
  26. ^ "69th & 70th Annual Hero Honda BFJA Awards 2007". Bfjaawards.com. Retrieved 27 October 2008. [dead link]
  27. ^ "Charmme to romance Amitabh Bachchan". Times of India. 5 March 2011. Retrieved 28 April 2011. 
  28. ^ "Bbuddah... unit are raving about Raveena". Mid Day. Retrieved 28 April 2011. 

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Filmfare Award
Preceded by
Anu Malik for his compositions for the film Refugee
Special Performance
for Aks
tied with
Ameesha Patel
for Gadar: Ek Prem Katha

Succeeded by
Kareena Kapoor for Chameli
(year 2004)