She made waves for her chart-topping numbers like ‘Sheher ki ladki…’ and ‘Kissi disco mein jayein…’ but gorgeous Raveena Tandon, who celebrates her birthday on October 26, proved there was much more to her than glamour and some good moves. Here’s looking at the films for which she went on to win critical acclaim…
She won the coveted National Film Award for Best Actress for her performance as a battered wife in Kalpana Lajmi’s Daman: A Victim of Marital Violence (2001). The film took audiences and critics by surprise and led to much appreciation coming her way. One critic singled out the ‘pathos she conveys through her expressions’, which established her credibility as ‘a performer of substance’.
This film saw her play a middle class woman who was pushed into the world of politics due to changed circumstances. This time too she was praised for delivering a bravura performance. Reviews glowingly spoke of the giant strides she took as a performer, as she gave the apt touches to her character. “Here’s a performance that’s bound to be noticed,” was the common refrain.
This was Raveena as we had never seen before… Playing a schizophrenic in Dobara, she was mentioned as being in sync with her character, playing her part with elan.
A crime drama that portrayed the politician-criminal nexus and the effect of criminalisation on the life of an honest police officer, saw Raveena coming in for attention in her simple, sari-clad roles as Manjari Singh. The film which starred Manoj Bajpayee as Inspector Samar Pratap Singh won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi.
A performance-oriented film, she starred in an ultra-glam role. She confessed that it proved challenging for her to get up-close and personal with Amitabh Bachchan and act seductively and provocative in front of him. Not only had she to perform intimate dialogue with ‘Amit uncle’ whom she has grown up knowing, she actually had to speak to her on screen-lover Manoj Bajpai, while talking to Bachchan! …And she pulled it off superbly.