A true diva, style icon, impeccable dancer and a head-turner in her heydays, actor Raveena Tandon has a big fan following even today. The starlet turned 46 today and has nothing but love and well-wishes for all those who helped get her to where she is today. Taking to Twitter, she wrote, “Thank you all for your wonderful wishes and love! I feel blessed, I am the luckiest in the world. Thank you, my family, my friends like family, my Twitter family, my insta family, my Facebook family, my friends from all over the world! I’m overwhelmed by the love! Thank you, universe.” Read on as we bring to you five lesser-known facts about one of Indian cinema’s leading heroines.
1. Raveena made up her mind to become an actor very early in her life, at the mere age of 15. However, unlike other star children, she did not get a launch by her filmmaker dad and the very successful Ravi Tandon, who produced a slew of hits during the time, in the 1970s. When it came to his own daughter, Ravi moved back gracefully. “Both Dad and I were very clear on this. I’ll make it on my own. My first film Patthar Ke Phool came my way independently, no family recommendation and no sifarish (inside source). In fact, my Dad worked with half the film industry but not with me,” recalls Raveena.
2. Her brother Rajeev was launched by their father Ravi Tandon in a 1982 film titled Ekk Main Aur Ekk Tu which despite some zingy tunes by R D Burman sank without a trace. Rajeev was paired opposite Rubina Kaur, Ranjita Kaur’s kid-sister. No more of the Tandon heir’s acting aspirations was heard.
3. During her busiest phase in the 1990s, Raveena would shoot for four to five films simultaneously. “I was so busy that I was in and out of studios all day long. There was no time for anything else. No time for any of the things that girls my age normally do. I was in and out of studios sometimes shooting for 10 to 12 hours.” Finally, Raveena took a conscious decision to cut down on her work, much to the relief and happiness of the other heroines of her generation.
4. Raveena’s two most popular songs are easily Tu cheez badi hai mast mast and Tip tip barsa pani. Both coincidentally with Akshay Kumar. “I love singing and dancing. My favourite singing and dancing partner was Govinda. We had such a ball doing songs like Ankhiyon se goli mare and Kisi disco mein jaayen.” The myth spread by the marketing machinery was that Govinda liked Karisma as his dancing partner the best. But that is not true because Govinda himself told me once that he enjoyed dancing with Raveena the most.
5. The diva counts Sanjay Dutt amongst her close pals in Bollywood. They did several films together in the 1990s, none of them memorable enough though. Then after several years when Ram Gopal Varma wanted to bring them together again in Department but Dutt said he wanted someone “younger”. Stay young forever, Raveena.