Silver Screen Goddess Raveena Tandon’s Larger-Than-Life Journey From Patthar Ke Phool’s ‘Kabhi Tu Chaliya Lagta Hai’ to Shab’s ‘Musafir’

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Raveen Tandon, Movie Career Collage

Raveena Tandon’s film career has been nothing short of a fairytale. While she has been in the industry for over 26 years it only feels like yesterday when she made her debut. It all started with the 1991 G.P. Sippy film ‘Patthar Ke Phool’ wherein she starred opposite none other than Salman Khan himself. Raveena went on to win the Filmfare Award for Lux New Face of the Year. The film is best known for the song ‘Kabhi Tu Chaliya Lagta Hai’ which pays homage to classic Bollywood films. Raveena then had to wait for a couple of years before Mohra (1994) and Dilwale (1994) took the box-office by storm. The songs ‘Tu Cheez Badi Hai Mast Mast’ and ‘Tip Tip Barsa Pani’ from the former remain popular numbers even today. Raveena earned a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress for Laadla which also released the same year. In 1994, she also starred in Andaz Apna Apna, alongside Aamir Khan and Salman Khan, which went on to become a cult classic.

In 1996, Raveena Tandon delivered a major hit film, Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi, starring opposite Akshay Kumar. The song ‘Itna Mujhe Pata Hai’ along with a couple of other songs from the film went on to become a chartbuster. She delivered another hit film, Ziddi, starring opposite Sunny Deol, in the year 1997. The movie’s highlight was the song ‘Hum Tumse Na Kuch Keh Paye’. Her 1998 blockbuster ‘Bade Miyan Chote Miyan’ was the second biggest hit of the year. The film co-starred Amitabh Bachchan and Govinda. The song ‘Kisi Disco Mein Jaaye’ remains a popular party number till date. The same year she starred opposite Govinda in yet another hit film titled ‘Dulhe Raja’ best known for its peppy number ‘Ankhiyon Se Goli Mare’.

'Ankhiyon Se Goli Mare' Song - Dulhe Raja

Around the late 90s and early 2000s, Raveena shifted her attention to more serious subjects, proving her worth as an actress capable of doing intense roles. This transition was marked by the 1999 film National Award-winning film ‘Shool’ wherein she starred opposite Manoj Bajpayee. Her performances in Bulandi (2000) and Aks (2001) won her great critical acclaim. The songs ‘Yeh Raat’ and ‘Aaja Gufaaon Mein Aa’ from the latter helped Raveena in reinventing her ‘dancing diva’ image. For Aks, Raveena Tandon also won the Filmfare Special Performance Award. But it was her poignant performance of a woman subjected to domestic violence by an abusive husband in Kalpana Lajmi's Daman: A Victim of Marital Violence (2001) that won her the esteemed National Film Award for Best Actress. She then went on to star in a number of critically acclaimed films such as Satta (2003) and Dobara (2004). 

'Mohabbat Buri Bimari' Song - Bombay Velvet

After her marriage to film distributor Anil Thandani in 2004, Raveena took a 10 year hiatus which ended with a cameo appearance in Anurag Kashyap’s Bombay Velvet (2015). Although the film was a box-office failure, Raveena received unqualified praise for her portrayal of a jazz singer. The song ‘Mohabbat Buri Bimari’ was in instant hit. This was followed by Ashtar Sayed’s Maatr wherein she played a rape victim. Her performance in the movie was widely praised by critics. Raveena Tandon’s next film is Shab, directed by the maverick filmmaker Onir, which is slated to release on June 30, 2017. It is modern tale of romance revolving around four individuals, brought together by destiny, who must choose between their love and ambition. In Shab, Raveena Tandon plays a fashion diva, married to a powerful industrialist. Dissatisfied with her marriage, she starts an extramarital affair with a young model. The film’s steamy number ‘Musafir’ featuring Raveena and Ashish Bisht is already creating buzz all around, having garnered over 1.6 million views on YouTube. The chemistry between the two actors is absolutely electrifying with Raveena looking as sensuous as ever. She certainly has come a long way from Patthar Ke Phool’s ‘Kabhi Tu Chaliya Lagta Hai’ but her silver screen charm remains intact.

'Musafir' Song - Shab

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