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I have never worked for Awards : Raveena Tandon On winning Padma Shri

A bonafide star for three decades now, the actor has always maintained a fine balance between commercial films such as Mohra, to an offbeat film like Daman, which fetched her the National Award for Best Actress. Raveena Tandon, who made her Bollywood debut in 1991 with Patthar Ke Phool, has starred in diverse range of films and has also experimented with arthouse cinema. Raveena has starred in films like Andaz Apna Apna, Mohra, Diwale (1994), Khiladiyon Ke Khiladi, Daman and Aks, among others. The 50-year-old was also recently selected by the Ministry to attend the esteemed W20 as a delegate. W20 is the Women’s Empowerment engagement wing at the G20.  Raveena now has been conferred with Padma Shri. She is among the 106 recipients of Padma Awards. RRR's music composer MM Keeravaani and singers Suman Kalyanpur and Vani Jairam are also among this year's Padma Shri awardees.

Speaking to a leading portal she said ,“I have never worked for awards, that’s true. God has been really kind it’s been recognised. I am a pretty neutral person with everything. I lock horns with everyone. Sometimes I think nobody likes me, but somewhere in the universe, there’s someone watching over me,” she said. 

Raveena also said that she wasn’t expecting this, and said it has been a ‘year of awards’ for her. “I am so honoured and grateful and actually thank all the people. It’s because of their love that I have sustained and been in the industry for so many years. They have given me a chance, an opportunity.. This has been a year of awards for me, but I was really not expecting this. I don’t know how to react,” she said.

She is also glad that she has been credited as ‘Raveena Ravi Tandon’; her late father, filmmaker Ravi’s name added to hers. “It is unbelievable. I don’t know if you noticed, but every time I went on stage recently to pick up any award, I would look up and say ‘thank you papa’ In February, it’s going to be a year (since he passed away). It’s on his birth anniversary as well I have been conferred this. It’s truly special. Raveena Ravi Tandon they wrote,” she gets emotional.

She will be seen in Arbaaz Khan-backed social drama “Patna Shukla”, a romantic-comedy “Gudchadhi” with Sanjay Dutt and a show with Disney+ Hotstar.


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