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Aashiq hai tera naam naam, dil lena dena kaam kaam, meri baahe meri baahe mat tham tham, badnaam hai tu mad-mast mast, tu cheez badi hain mast mast, tu cheez badi hai mast…
All the 90’s people raise your hands as we are about to set our journey back to the 90’s today! While there was not much hype about DJ’s back in those days, all family weddings and functions were dealt with a huge speaker box wherein your mama-chacha would play Tu cheez badi hain mast mast on repeat. Isn’t it, guys?
Hey, stop smiling and come back from the golden period all times. So keep calm as we are talking about Raveena Tandon here! Still regarded as the ‘mast mast’ girl of Bollywood, Raveena Tandon’s charm and gorgeousness made her one of the most sensational actresses of the 90’s which made a few stars fall for her. Did you also fall for her? We surely did! So, through this article let’s run through her life in Bollywood and the major fling she had with the Khiladi of Bollywood.
Raveena made her debut on the big screen with her movie, Patthar Ke Phool in 1991 where she starred opposite superstar Salman Khan. The movie was a major hit and this marked a permanent spot for Raveena in director’s handbook back then. It was in her second film, Mohra (1994) where she met Akshay Kumar and her life (read love life) took a whole new turn.
Do you still feel that Tip Tip Barsa Paani is one of the sexiest songs that Bollywood has ever produced? That wet yellow sari, Raveena Tandon’s hot moves and Akshay’s passionate romance, oh! Not only us, the stars, Raveena and Akshay were smitten with themselves and decided to make their on-screen romance a real one. And hence began one of the most heartbreaking love stories of Bollywood.
Things were going fine between the Akshay and Raveena and they were often spotted spending quality time together. As they both hail from a Punjabi culture, onlookers and fans were looking forward to a potential marriage scenario. The ex-couple also had an elaborate engagement. At a chat show, Raveena had spoken about their engagement and shared:
“It was a voluntary decision. I was engaged to somebody I knew. This is what I wanted, to lead a very normal life. I quit in advance before marriage because we did think that when there will be last day of my shoot, we will go ahead and get married. Once I re-started my career, he again said that leave it and we will go ahead with the wedding. But, then I told him that once I chose you over my career, but now I will choose my career over you."
Raveena was also asked if they had married secretly. To this, she had replied:
“No, there was a very elaborate engagement ceremony. With the pandit doing pooja and everything. His family had flown down from Delhi, my family came from Delhi. One of his elders had put a red dupatta on my head, and I think that was mistaken to be a wedding.”
Quite like any girlfriend, Raveena was well-aware of what Akshay was upto, but she protected him from all sort of linkup rumours. When the news of Akshay’s linkup with Rekha was going on in full swing in the media during the shooting of Khiladiyon ka Khiladi in 1996, Raveena had to intervene to ‘draw a line’ between the duo. In an interview with Cine Blitz back then, Raveena had shared:
“If this actress knows that we are together yet gets too close to Akshay, I will get my claws into her. But Akshay knows how to handle the situation I guess.”
But as per Raveena, Akshay was at no fault. In yet another interview with Rediff, she had shared during the same days:
“I don't think Akshay ever had anything to do with Rekha. As a matter of fact, he would run away from her. Akshay tolerated Rekha because of the film. At one point she wanted to get lunch dabbas for him from home. That's when I put my foot down. I felt it was taking things a bit too far.”
Now a complete family man, Akshay was quite termed as a ‘casanova’ who had flings with multiple actresses of his times. Things took an ugly turn and went on a standstill when ‘enough was enough’ for Raveena and she spoke of her estranged relationship and what made her finally call it off with Akshay. In a chat show, she had shared:
“We started off as friends. We got to know each other only when we went together for a few shows in America and Canada. I think loyalty meant a lot to me, but I did not mean so much to him. He expected me to forgive and take him back every time. I did that for three years, until it was the last round."
In a throwback interview with Stardust in 1999, Raveena cleared air on her engagement and why Akshay kept himself tight-lipped about all of this from public. According to her, Akshay was a rising star and had a huge female fan following. He was scared that he might lose out on his female fans and his Bollywood career might come to a standstill if the news of his engagement was leaked. Raveena, on the other hand, was very open about their engagement to the public from the very beginning. She had stated:
“Akshay proposes to every girl and the speed on which he is going, he will soon have to address the parents of three-fourth of girls in Mumbai as 'Mom and Dad'".
After their ugly spat, Raveena and Akshay parted ways. Raveena mostly stayed away from glitz and glamour and got busy with raisng her two adopted daughters. She tried her hand at producing films and that is how in the process, Raveena met the ‘man of her dreams’, Anil Thadani, who was in the business of film distribution. The duo met for meetings and kept their relationship mostly professional. Married to the daughter of Romu Sippy, Anil was going through a rough patch in his life and Raveena too, was heartbroken. The sangam was perfect and the duo started dating each other. It was in 2003, on the eve of Raveena’s birthday, that Anil proposed to Raveena and she said a ‘yes’! The duo had a low profile engagement in November 2003.
Like most of the girls, Raveena had wished for a grand wedding. On February 22, 2004, the stage was all set for Raveena and Anil’s marriage at an Udaipur Palace. The Maatr actress made her wedding grand to every possible extent. She entered her mandap, sitting in a 100-year old doli that had once carried the Queen of Mewar. She looked beautiful in her wedding attire, which was her mother’s, but got it redesigned by Delhi based-designer Manav Gangwani, which had dazzling gold thread embroidery and exquisite stones.
The best thing is that all’s well settled in their respective lives now. Both Akshay and Raveena are happily settled and have moved on for a new beginning. Pssst! Do you guys know that Shilpa Shetty Kundra also had a brief affair with Akshay? At a reality show, Super Dancer Chapter 2, both Shilpa and Raveena took a fun dig at their past. As reported by Mumbai Mirror, Raveena and Shilpa were giggling over their ‘common mistake’. A source informed the tabloid:
“When Raveena mentioned that she has made a lot of mistakes in life, Shilpa winked, ‘Some of the mistakes were common,’ sending them into peals of laughter. At another point, everyone was discussing Golmaal when Raveena clapped back, ‘Everyone does golmaal in life, Shilpa and I have done it too. You know what I mean, right?”
It seems that Raveena has let bygones be bygones. At a group interview, Raveena called Twinkle her ‘friend’. This is what she said:
“We are friends and we all know each other in the industry, we all meet each other regularly.”
This was mostly about Raveena’s love life. What is good to note is both Akshay and Raveena are leading their lives with utmost grace and happiness. How did you like her story? Let us know in the comments section below.