Tuesday, 21 June 2011
Rekha on Raveena Tandon
"I saw Raveena for the first time on the sets of her father Ravi Tandon's Nishana. I was the heroine of the film. She was very young and chubby-cheeked.
I met her again at Mehboob studio when I was shooting for Sawan Kumar's Sauten Ki Beti. She came and said, 'Hi Gorgeous!' Actually she was looking gorgeous. She had come a long way from the chubby girl I had seen earlier. Apparently, she had been working very hard on her body and her looks.
By the time we got down working together in Khiladiyon ka Khiladi, she had become a stunner. She had lost a few more kilos and become very slim.
Raveena has what I call an 'international face'. She could belong to any part of the world. Her voice too is very individualistic, somewhat Demi Moor-ish in its ring.
Raveena is a highly misunderstood girl. But a great surivor. She has tremndous will-power.
Earlier we had worked together in Shekhar Kapur's Time Machine. Even in at that time, the press had been after her and she had become very defensive. I remember telling her that it was part of stardom and she should learn to take it in her stride but she didn't seem convinced.
However, during Khiladiyon..., she acknowledgeded that I was right, and said, "I wish I could be like you. You cope with things so well."
She was going through a rough phase with Akshay. And the media made things worse by going on and on about Akshay having the 'hots' for me. Now it was her turn to tell me to ignore what the gossip press was writing.
As an individual, Raveena is a typical Scorpio. Very passionate, and very impulsive. She is a bundle of fun too, a lot like Shabana [Azmi]. And, very much like Juhi [Chawla], she also has a natural flair for comedy."