Winning awards at film festivals is a different high," says actor Raveena Tandon, who is currently basking in the glory of winning her third award for Shobhana 7 Nights at the ongoing Jaipur International Film Festival (JIFF). Raveena bagged the award in the 'Special Recognition' category, and is amazed to have received the honour. Around 270 countries participated at the JIFF.
Raveena says, "When I was offered the film, Sudipto (Chattopadhyaya, director) clearly told me that this was a movie for festivals. The script was different and fabulous, and when I saw the final product, I was happy. I've played a dark and intense role, unlike anything I've done before." The actor further points out that her character was the complete contrast of a conventional heroine.
Raveena has also won awards at the Chicago South Asian film Festival, 7 Island International Film Festival and Houston Bollywood Film Festival. Ask her whether she was skeptical about doing the film since she comes from a commercial background and she says, "I've gone beyond that. I come from an era where I've seen platinum jubilees, which one doesn't see anymore. Mohra (1994) ran for 75 weeks. Doing this excites me. I can now proudly say that my films have gone for reputed festivals as well."
She even adds that her part in Bbuddah... Hoga Terra Baap (2011), in which she was seen on the big screen after a long time, got her accolades but was not something she hadn't tasted before. "I've won a National Award and other awards too, so this is something new." The festival journey is something Raveena cherishes because of the people she met. She says, "I've interacted with people who came from different parts of the world. Seeing them and watching their kind of cinema was amazing."