Raveena Tandon will soon be doing something that actor Farooq Sheikh did over a decade ago.
Raveena Tandon The mast mast girl of the 90s, who delivered smashing hits including Laadla, Dilwale, Andaz Apna Apna, Mohra, Ghulam-E-Musthafa, Dulhe Raja, is foraying back into Bollywood with Anurag Kashyap’s Bombay Velvet this year. One of the most successful Bollywood heroines of the 90s, Raveena, who’s married to film distributor Anil Thadani has a nine-year-old daughter Rasha and a seven-year-old boy, Ranbir. Known for her oomph, she will play a seductive jazz singer from the 60s in Kashyap’s movie.
The mother of two will anchor Isi Ka Naam Zindagi, a chat show that brings the lesser-known aspects of a star’s life to light. Farooq’s show Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai was also on the same lines.
“I haven’t revisited that show,” Raveena says, “ But I was a guest there and I have fond memories of it. We haven’t tried to remake that show, although the concepts might sound similar.”
Isi Ka Naam Zindagi features 13 episodes in its first edition on NDTV Good Times. Raveena’s guests include former co-actor Ajay Devgan as well as Vidya Balan, Irrfan Khan, Madhur Bhandarkar, Karan Johar, Boman Irani and Farhan Akhtar. Talks are on for the rest of the episodes.
“I don’t intend to create headline-grabbing controversies,” states Raveena. “A chat show should make guests comfortable and allow freewheeling conversations. I don’t like putting them in a spot.”
Vidya’s episode is likely to flag off the show, followed by Ajay’s. The actor recalls The Dirty Picture star’s father getting teary-eyed on the sets.
“He told us that Vidya often watched chat shows and wondered when she would be invited on one. And Vidya was delighted to be reunited with so many of her friends and associates,” Raveena reminisces.
“Ajay has a super serious image but here, he cracked up! We’ve been to college together. So, he asked me to narrate incidents instead of doing it himself.” There’s been talk of season two. “I’d be the happiest if it happens,” beams Raveena.
“It depends on how this season goes. If we have season two, I’d love to chat up sportspersons, educationists and businessmen because I’m curious to know their worlds.”
Last year, Raveena judged Comedy Ka Maha Muqabla. Any plans of season two there too? “I don’t think so,” dismisses the actor.
“Judging is the easiest work on TV. You wear fine clothes and get paid for passing remarks. But I regret that show in particular, thanks to all the politics off screen.”