Raveena Tandon is an Indian film actress who is known for doing some commercial cinema and then migrating to serious roles that gave her recognition as a serious actress. She made her superstar debut in film Mohra, which was supposed to be done by
Divya Bharti. As Divya died, Raveena was the ultimate choice to play the role of the sexy girl, who did first item song’ Tu Cheez BariHai Mast Mast’. She was often paired with
Akshay Kumar, and the duo became the most successful pair in Bollywood. She also made a hit pair with Govinda and did some blockbuster movies with the actor. Raveena made a sabbatical from films and did reject offers such as Dil To Pagal Hai, Gupt, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and Virasat, which went to other successful heroines of Bollywood.
She surprised critics by acting in a film ‘Daman: A Victim of Marital Violence’ by
Kalpana Lajmi. In this film, she played the role of battered wife and received the national film award for best actress. Although her award was under a lot of controversy amongst film fraternity, she shut critics mouth by appearing in 'Aks’, directed by
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra. She was ultimate choice of film fraternity for donning the role of Neeta, which fetched her supporting best actress category award. She again acted in a serious movie called Satta, and her performance carried rave reviews. In this way, Raveena had scored well against her male-star Akshay Kumar, Shahrukh Khan, and even Govinda. Raveena Tandon was the second lady of Madhur Bhandarkar’s next serious and feminist film ‘Satta’ (after Chandni Bar)where Raveena played the role of a politician. After seeing this film, even
Jaya Prada was moved by her performance wanted to act in such serious roles. She was busy actress between 1991-94. During this time, she was regarded as influential commercial star personalities of Bollywood. Later she acted with all leading heroes and received wide recognition for her performances in Aks and Daman, which established her an iconic actress as the role in Kalpana Lajmi’s Daman was toughest for any glamor actress to perform.
In 2001, she appeared in a Tamil film’ Aalavandhan’, a film directed by
Suresh Krissna and had
Kamal Haasan playing double roles. She had acted in Telugu(Bangaru Bullodu, Akasa Veedhilo, and Pandavulu Pandavulu Tummeda) and Kannada cinema even. Raveena Tandon was born on October 26, 1974. Her father is
Ravi Tandon, who had directed
Amitabh Bachchan films like Majboor and Khuddar. Later, she got married to film distributor
Anil Thadani in 2004, and the couple has two children, Meantime, she also acted in a TV serial Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam, which veteran actress
Meena Kumari did in Guru Dutt’s same movie based on Bimal Mitra’s novel.