Raveena Tandon was at the peak of her Bollywood career at the age of 21 and that’s when she decided to adopt two girls. The decision wasn’t tough to make. “My mother and I used to help a lot NGOs. And there were these two girls, who were not getting the life they deserved. They were my second cousins’ daughters. Their mother had passed away and their father was an alcoholic. So I took them into my family,” says Raveena, who now, two decades later, is looking forward to attending her older daughter’s English wedding in Cape Town. “I’m flying to South Africa for her wedding. She’s married to a South African boy and we had their Indian wedding here earlier. She said if Ravi uncle (Raveena’s father) can’t come, then I have to give her away. So I think I will be walking my daughter down the aisle in October.”
The actor has always prioritised family over work. And that is the one reason she has taken time off from Bollywood in the recent past. “It’s always been family first for me, work comes second,” says Raveena, who recently launched McDonald’s SpongeBob SquarePants Happy Meal in association with Nickelodeon India.
Her own two kids right now are four and seven years old. Ask her how she will manage her career now, considering she just made a return to the big screen with her item number in Bbuddah Hoga Terra Baap, and she laughs, “I don’t know what is an unofficial or official comeback. For me, it was actually a maternity break. I will be doing more films, including my next, Alert. But it’ll be one film at a time, since I need to balance my time.”
Raveena’s next film is a love story based in Mumbai’s underbelly. “It’s about what happens when people from small towns come to the city with big dreams and get sucked into this vertex of survival.”