Birthday Girl Raveena Tandon on Bollywood’s Evolution

At 16, Raveena Tandon made her Bollywood debut with Pathar ke Phool and went to establish herself as one of the leading actors of that time. Her songs in particular became a rage and are still alive in public memory. Whether it’s Tip Tip Barsa Paani or Tu Cheez Badi Hai Mast Mast, she enthralled audiences with her dancing ability. Over the years she has involved herself with several humanitarian causes like combating child labor and animal welfare and also adopted two girls.

While talking to us about her time during the 90’s she said, “There used to be a lot of warmth and bonhomie on the sets, we all used to sit together. Today because of phones and social media everyone is much more self-absorbed.” But she agrees that those times were harder, they had no vanity vans- often changing in the generator car! She wonders how they worked in that madness, there were no scripts and dialogues were written a few minutes before the scene. The vibe on set however was very informal and narrates how Aamir Khan pulled a prank on her on the sets of Andaz Apna Apna.


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