Raveena Tandon (born 26 October 1974) 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).
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. 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<>
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.Her other releases of that year included the thriller Imtihaan and the comedy Andaz Apna Apna. The former was also a Hit.
<>1995–96: Rough patch<>
<>1996–99: Box office success<>
Her career was back on track with hit films like Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi (1996) and Ziddi (1997), both being big hits each of its respective year.Raveena 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. Tandon was also offered 2nd lead in Blocbuster movies "Dil to pagal hai (1997)" and "Gupt(1997)", but declined both movies as Raveena Tandon had taken a sabbatical at the time. Raveena also left another superhit Anil kapoor satrrer "Virasat(1997)". Had Raveena done all these movies Tandon 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. Coincidentally, Tandon was offered the second lead in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai which went on to be the biggest hit of 1998, but Raveena Tandon turned it down. 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.
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.
<>2000–2005: National Award and critical acclaim<>
In the 2000s (decade), Tandon turned her career professionally. Tandon 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. Raveena won many awards as well as the Filmfare Special Performance Award for her performance in Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's Aks.
Her years in the industry paid off when Tandon won the coveted National Film Award for Best Actress for her performance in Kalpana Lajmi's Daman: A Victim of Marital Violence (2001), where Tandon played a battered wife to an abusive husband.Raveena surprised critics and audiences with her performance in the film and received much appreciation for her work. Critic, Taran Adarsh said, " Tandon lends credibility to the role of a battered wife and walks away with the honours. The pathos Raveena conveys through her expressions makes you realise that she's a performer of substance".
Since then, Raveena Tandon 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, " 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".Her role as a schizophrenic in Dobara was also praised with one critic saying, "she is in sync with her character, essaying her part with elaan". Her only release in 2006 was Sandwich which opened to poor reviews and reception.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.
she began dating film distributor Anil Thadani during the making of her film Stumped (2003). Their engagement was announced in November 2003. Raveena married Thadani on 22 February 2004 in Jag Mandir Palace in Udaipur, Rajasthan according to Punjabi traditions. Tandon 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
In November 2005, she sued the websites, Shaadi.com and Shaaditimes.com, claiming that they were using un-authorized images of her to promote the site.Raveena Tandon also sued the owner Satyanet Solutions, as they claimed that Tandon and her husband had met through the website.