The Forever Ravishing Raveena Tandon
SOCIETY|February - March 2019

Raveena Tandon, who sizzled the screen in the ‘90s, can never be called a yesteryear actress even 10 years own the line, as she leaves no stone unturned to stay relatable to every age group of the audience even today. n a candid chat with the Tip Tip girl, we find out what a woman of substance, values and talent is made of...

Rahul Paul

When you hear of the name ‘Raveena Tandon’, a lot of movie scenes and songs come to your mind. For me, it is the song Ankhiyon se goli mare from one of the most hilarious movies of Bollywood, Dulhe Raja. Sitting at Raveena’s office in her posh Bandra bungalow, the song runs constantly through my mind along with some comic scenes from Andaz Apna Apna. The chain of thought is broken by the National Award certificate for the movie Daman which saw Raveena in a completely different avatar. Now the scenes in my head are more from Maatr. As Raveena enters the room, there is no starry air that enters with her. With a smile of excitement and casualness in her body language, Raveena sits in front of me. I ask her about the National Award Certificate, as it is the first time I am seeing one.

“Actually, there is a medal also that comes with it, which Anil (Thadani) has taken to his office,” Raveena says. The moment she mentions her husband, I quickly remember that I have to wish her on completing 15 years of marriage earlier that week. “Thank you so much. It was fabulous. Anil and I just took off for the weekend to the deserts of Jaisalmer, stayed in tents and watched the stars over glasses of wine,” an elated Raveena shares.

FAMILY

Raveena was born to Bollywood director, Ravi Tandon, who is known for directing some of the biggest hits of his time like Khel Khel Mein, Anhonee, Jawaab, Majboor and Khud-Daar. After her film career started, while at the peak of it, Raveena chose to adopt two girls. “My older one Pooja and I only have a 11years age difference, so we are more like friends. My second one Chhaya is also not that young, so they were both like my friends. They have seen me through my relationships, and I’ve seen them during their teens and when they nursed broken hearts. I remember coming back from shoots and then the three of us would be on one bed discussing about my life and my mistakes and I would ask them to learn from it. I never sugar-coated life for them. That’s why today they are such strong, independent women,” Raveena says proudly.

She began dating film distributor Anil Thadani in 2003 and got engaged to him the same year. The couple got married on 22 February 2004 in Udaipur. She explains how it all worked out miraculously for her. “That turned out so amazingly well because when I met Anil it was like ‘love me, love my girls, love my family’. Even initially, when Anil and I took the girls out, it turned out really well,” remembers Raveena. The beautiful actor has two children with Anil, a girl named Rasha and a boy named Ranbirvardhan. Raveena shares another beautiful equation about her family. “Now, when they (Pooja and Chhaya) are here, I just handover Rasha and Ranbirvardhanto them and say, ‘yours’”, she laughs and then continues, “Now when I hear Chhaya or Pooja talk to them, I can almost hear myself. Even sometimes when I am talking, I can hear my mum, so it’s something that has passed onto generations. The same upbringing, I see in them and that’s how they are bringing up my children.” I conclude that Chhaya and Pooja are basically the babysitters when she is out, and pat comes her cheerful reply, “Absolutely. Yeah.” Jokes aside, Raveena is a very hands-on mother and talks about her son’s schedule. “Till last night, I was making my son study history till 10 o’clock and I woke up at six in the morning and revised with him. I went to pick him up from school because I wanted to know how his history paper went. Now, he has gone for his Hindi tuitions, when he is back, I’ll sit with him to do science and geography.”

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