“What? Really? You’re right,” is Raveena Tandon’s first reaction when we first tell her that she has been awarded the Padma Shri. “Let me call you back,” she says, clearly unwilling to believe him.
A bona fide star for three decades now, the actor has always maintained a fine balance between commercial films like Mohra to offbeat films like Daman, which won her the National Award for Best Actress.
We finally come back to the call. “What can I say?! I’m so honored and grateful and actually thank everyone. It’s because of their love that I’ve sustained and done the industry for so many years. They’ve given me Given a chance, given a chance.. It’s been an awards year for me, but I really didn’t expect it. I don’t know how to react,” she gushes.
The 50-year-old was also recently selected by the ministry to attend the W20 as a delegate. The W20 is the women’s empowerment wing of the G20. Tandon says, “I am a delegate there because of my social work, and the Padma Shri is for my art. I am very happy that I am also being recognized as a citizen, even if it is for girls. The weather, the environment and… I’m going crazy.”
What makes it special for her is that her name has been announced as ‘Raveena Ravi Tandon’, the name of her late father, filmmaker Ravi.
“It’s unbelievable. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but every time I’ve been on stage recently to accept an award, I’ve looked up and said, ‘Thank you, Dad.’ Wala Hai (after her death). It’s also her birthday in the same month, it’s also her birthday and I’ve been given this honour. It’s really special. Raveena Ravi Tandon wrote, “She gets emotional. .
When we connect, she has arrived in Bhopal, not having her own family around to celebrate in the early hours. “I’ve never worked for awards, it’s true. God is really kind, it’s acknowledged. I’m a pretty neutral person with everything. I lock horns with everyone. Sometimes I feel No one likes me, but somewhere in the universe there is someone who is watching me,” she says.
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