Back in the ‘90s, when most actresses were content with being a part of commercial potboilers, Raveena Tandon wanted to play be a part of all kinds of films and do parts that compel her to push her boundaries as an actor. After starring in a plethora of blockbuster films early in her career, she decided to walk on the path less trodden by doing offbeat films as well. In 1999, she was a part of the hard-hitting cop drama ‘Shool’ that didn’t have any trappings of a regular commercial Hindi film. Raveena donned a de-glam avatar for this film that was steeped in realism and garnered a lot of acclaim for her performance.
In the new millennium, she continued to take on challenging roles in films like ‘Daman: A Victim of Marital Violence’ and ‘Aks’. While she portrayed a negative character with aplomb in ‘Aks’, she went on to win a National Award for her sensitive performance in ‘Daman: A Victim of Marital Violence’. Back in the day when most producers shied away from putting their money on heroine-driven films, Raveena played the protagonist in Madhur Bhandarkar’s ‘Satta’ and showed that she can carry a film on her shoulders very well.
During this decade, Raveena was one mainstream actress who took as many risks as possible. She said a yes to unconventional roles and shone in films that many actresses wouldn’t have agreed to do at that point of time. She kept breaking rules and emerged victorious every single time. Whether it was the historical drama ‘Agni Varsha’ or the quirky sports drama ‘Stumped’, she experimented with a variety of characters and charmed the audience and the critics with each of these performances.
Raveena always moved forward with time and kept reinventing herself. Perhaps, that’s the reason she has been relevant all these years. The fact that she embraced this fast-emerging space of digital entertainment, serves as a testimony to this. ‘Aranyak’, a Netflix original series that marked her foray into the OTT space, has become one of the most talked about shows in the recent times. The series has not only been appreciated by the critics but has received tremendous love from the audiences as well. Not just in India but the series has been watched widely in foreign countries as well.
The world of entertainment is fickle and unpredictable. One who is a star today might be forgotten tomorrow. We have seen that happening to so many people who have toiled hard to make a name for themselves in the industry. The career trajectory that Raveena Tandon has followed and the smart choices taken by her should serve as a good example to those who look for the secret to a long and successful career in the entertainment industry.