Brunch catches up with actor Raveena Tandon as she talks about motherhood, Bollywood and how she agreed to do the Bombay Velvet song.
Patthar Ke Phool (1991)
High Point Of Your Life
The birth of my kids
Of Your Life
When my six-feet-tall dog died recently. He was adorable
Currently I Am...
Doing a small role in Anurag Kashyap’s Bombay Velvet
If you weren’t an actress you would have been...
...handling my own ad agency or some publishing business.
If you had the option to choose a film as your debut, which one would it be?
I would still pick Patthar Ke Phool.
The best thing about Bollywood.
There are so many good things about it that it’s hard to put them into a few words.
The hottest star in Bollywood.
Salman Khan. He is and will always be the hottest actor.
The newcomers in Bollywood who you feel are very talented.
Both Sidharth Malhotra and Aditya Roy Kapur are proving to be good actors.
Action or romance, what excites you more?
One piece of advice you would want to give today’s young actresses.
Never do anything that you may have to regret later.
A black sari or a black dress, which do you prefer?
A black sari.
Three skin care products you can’t do without.
I prefer using natural products like milk cream, almond oil, sandalwood and besan.
Your favourite item number.
I haven’t seen a good one recently, but I was quite happy with Main Chandigarh Di Star.
The best thing about motherhood.
The moments, getting a quick kiss or a hug that can make your day and actually make you realise what your parents did for you.
What is the most touching thing your kids have done for you?
There are many sudden things they do that touch my heart.
Your fitness fundas.
I eat healthy and don’t starve myself.
Who is your 3am friend?
My oldest friends Yasmin and Afifa.
One rumour you would like to start.
That I have lost 30 kilos.
You have three minutes to pack, what do you take with you?
A pair of jeans, five T-shirts, walking shoes, toothpaste and brush, deo, a lipstick and my phone.
Your strategy in a crisis.
Thinking “I’m a survivor and I will get out of this”.
Your dream destination.
Kashmir. I keep going back there all the time. And my kids also love it.
Your favourite street food?
The biggest risk you have taken?
Agreeing to do the Bombay Velvet song.
The last line of your autobiography would be…
“She lived and let live.”
The TV Anchor or host you admire.
Kapil Sharma and Sailesh
Birthday: October 26
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Place of birth: Mumbai
School/college: Jamnabai Narsee School; Mithibai College
— Interviewed by Veenu Singh
From HT Brunch, March 16
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