Actor Raveena Tandon was just 21 when she decided to adopt two girls in 1995. Two months back, she walked her younger daughter, Chhaya, an air hostess, down the aisle in Goa. Her elder daughter, Pooja, an event manager, is now mom to a son. And the 41-year-old actor says that she is very proud of the two of them. “My daughters are my best friends. I remember, when I got married, they were the ones who sat in the car and led me to the mandap. And now, I got the chance to walk them down the aisle. It is such a special feeling,” she says.
Becoming a mother at the age of 21 was also challenging, but Raveena was all ready for it. “I didn’t think too much at that time about how I would manage it. I knew that I could afford to bring up and give a great life to two children and I went ahead with it. I am so proud of them today. But of course, I could not have done it without my family. I would be shooting non-stop and they took care of them entirely,” she says.
The actor, who also has a daughter, Rasha, 11 and son, Ranbirvardhan, 8, with husband, distributor Anil Thadani, says that they will celebrate Mother’s Day with a family dinner . “Pooja is quite the poet, so she always has something special and the younger ones come up with the cutest cards,” she says.
Parenting four children would seem like quite a task, but not so much for Raveena. “I never had to take care of the four of them together. By the time Rasha and Ranbir were born, Pooja and Chhaya were old enough and would take care. Of course, now Pooja has her own child Jaydon. So, when she comes over, she nicely hands him over to me!” she says.
Raveena, who took a break from films to give time to her kids, says that she never regretted her decision. “Till the time I got married, I was working non-stop. After that I was happy to put my feet up and enjoy my pregnancy. I wanted to eat ice cream and gulab jamun without worrying about putting on weight. Even now, I only take up work when I feel that it’s worth it. I have said no to so many films. I don’t want to work just for the sake of seeing myself on screen every Friday,” she says.
“For me, right from the beginning my kids and family came first. You need to set your priorities. Work is work, but family has a different place. I don’t want to be like those actors who say that their lives went by because of their careers. I had different plans,” she adds.
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