Known once as the Mast Mast girl of Bollywood, Raveena Tandon has been on a long sabbatical from movies after marriage and motherhood. She now faces the arc lights for Revathy's Just Aap Ke Liye and says she will accept films only if the roles suit her age.
"I am very realistic and do a reality check always. So, I want to do something that suits my age because now I cannot see myself doing some silly stuff," Raveena told IANS in an interview.
"I do not want my kids to feel embarrassed. I have to make them proud and that is why I want to do only selected movies," added the National Award winning actress who was in the capital for the inauguration of a kids carnival that started Friday.
She refused to divulge anything about Just Aap Ke Liye.
Raveena, 34, has joined the bandwagon of actresses like Kajol, Juhi Chawla and Madhuri Dixit, who are full-time moms but don't mind facing the camera if the role is good enough and suits their age.
"Thanks to the changing scene of the film industry, there are no more clichés attached to you being married. Now characters are churned out in such a way that if you fit the bill, you can prove your mettle irrespective of your age and marital status," Raveena said.
"The media too deserves credit for this because they do not allow us to hide and are always interested in knowing about our whereabouts. This helps us in connecting with our fans, who want to see us back on screen," she added.
Raveena bid adieu to filmdom after tying the knot with film distributor Anil Thadani in 2004. She is a proud mother of three-year-old Rasha and one-and-a-half-year-old son Ranbir. She says the two take all her time and running around them keeps her fit and slim.
"I am a full-time mother and the whole day is spent running after my kids. This, in fact, has helped me get rid of my pregnancy fat. They are so active and full of energy that sometimes it gets very difficult to match their energy levels," she said.
"It is a pleasure watching them grow and see their smiles and answer their out-of-the box questions," she added.
Raveena also maintained that being a parent has taught her all those things that her parents used to preach.
"Now I realise the import of what my parents used to tell me when they would say that I will realise the importance of being a parent only when I become one.
"Being a responsible and a good parent is a tough job, but I am sure we will be able to teach them what our parents taught us, and impart all the values that can keep them grounded," she said.
Last year, Raveena was the judge of the TV reality show Chak De Bachche on 9X, but right now she is taking it easy.
Do you miss the fun-filled life of Bollywood?
"Not at all... because most of the time then I was juggling between shoots and the studios, and dancing in leather pants under the hot sun," she said.
The actress has worked in movies like Andaaz Apna Apna, Satta, Ziddi and won the National Award for her performance in Daman.