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Raveena Tandon was the ultimate fantasy queen of men in the '90s. Who can forget, the yellow saree girl dancing in the rain, singing tip tip barsa paani… Raveena Tandon’s beauty and sensuality put fire on-screen. While the actress is now living a happy life with her husband and kids, once, her heart was broken brutally and it was by none other than Akshay Kumar.
Akshay Kumar and Raveen Tandon had worked in many films together, and their dating rumours were rife in the early ’90s. It was also reported that the two had tied the knot secretly. Both Akshay and Raveena were at the peak of their careers and their on-screen chemistry was a total hit. Their love had bloomed with the release of their film, Mohra in 1994. Khiladi, Akshay Kumar and Raveena Tandon were a perfect match, both being Punjabi. Raveena had even stopped signing films as Akshay wanted her to be a housewife.
Just when everyone was expecting Raveena Tandon and Akshay Kumar to announce their wedding, things took an ugly turn. Scroll down to know why Raveena Tandon and Akshay Kumar never tied the knot, even after exchanging rings.
Both Akshay Kumar and Raveena Tandon have accepted the fact that they were engaged. Raveena had once shared that the duo had an elaborate engagement ceremony. She had added that his family had come from Delhi and even the elders of his family had put a red dupatta on her head. In a chat show, Raveena had spoken about their engagement and had 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."
When asked if she was married to Akshay Kumar, Raveena Tandon had said:
"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."
In 1998, Akshay Kumar and Raveena Tandon had parted ways!
For the longest time, Akshay Kumar had maintained his silence over his engagement, wedding and break-up reports. However, in a conversation with Rediff, when Akshay was asked about his wedding with Raveena, he had confessed their engagement reports. He had said:
"It was only an engagement which broke up later. But excuse me, we were not married at all."
Akshay Kumar had also stated that he shared a cordial bond with Raveena Tandon even after their breakup. He had said:
"In fact, I've been shooting for a long time with Raveena even after we broke up."
Raveena Tandon knew what Akshay Kumar was up to, still, she had defended and protected him from the linkup rumours. When the headlines were buzzing with the linkup rumours of Akshay Kumar with Rekha, during the shoot of Khiladiyon ka Khiladi in 1996, Raveena Tandon had to intervene. In an interview with Cine Blitz, Raveena had defended Akshay and had said:
“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.”
In another interview with Rediff, Raveena had shared that according to her, Akshay had tolerated Rekha and he had nothing to do with her. She had shared:
“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.”
In an interview with Stardust in 1999, Raveena Tandon had admitted to secretly getting engaged with Akshay Kumar at a temple. According to her, since Akshay had a fear of losing his career and female fans, he did not let their engagement news be public at that time. Raveena had also taken a dig at Akshay Kumar’s flirtatious nature and had said:
"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'".
Though Akshay Kumar is a complete family man now, he was a ‘casanova’ before as he is accused of having flings with multiple actresses of his times. For Raveena, it was enough as first, Akshay was rumoured to be dating Rekha and later, he had cheated on her with her best friend, Shilpa Shetty. In an interview, Raveena Tandon had shared that loyalty meant nothing to Akshay Kumar. She had said:
“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 it 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."
With this, the love that could have been turned into marriage ended on a sour and sad note. Now, both Akshay and Raveena are leading happily married but separate lives. While Akshay Kumar is happily married to Twinkle Khanna and has two kids, Aarav and Nitara, Raveena Tandon is living happily ever after with her husband, Anil Thadani and her children, Pooja and Chhaya (whom she had adopted in 1995) and Ranbirvardhan and Rasha. Here is a toast to a love forever lost between the pages of Bollywood history books.