EXCLUSIVE| Raveena Tandon On Her Padma Shri: It’s Incredible, I’ve Never Worked For Awards, They Happened To Me | Bollywood

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“What? Really? You’re kidding,” is Raveena Tandon’s initial reaction when we’re the first to announce she’s been given the Padma Shri. “Let me call you back,” she says, clearly not ready to admit it. to believe.

A bona fide star for three decades, the actor has always managed to strike a good balance between commercial films like Mohra and an offbeat film like Daman, which won her the National Award for Best Actress.

We can finally call again. “What am I saying?! I am so honored and grateful and actually thank all the people. It is because of their love that I have persevered and been in the industry for so many years. They have given me a chance, a chance.. This was a year of prizes for me, but I really didn’t expect this. I don’t know how to react,” she exclaims.

The 50-year-old was also recently selected by the ministry to attend the esteemed W20 as a delegate. W20 is the women’s emancipation engagement wing of the G20. Tandon says, “I am a deputy there for my social work, and Padma Shri is for my arts. I’m so happy to be recognized as a citizen too, whether it’s been for the girl, for the environment, and…and… Oh my God, I stutter! I’m going crazy.”

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What makes it extra special for her is that her name has been announced as ‘Raveena Ravi Tandon’, her late father, the name of filmmaker Ravi.

“It’s unbelievable. I don’t know if you noticed, but every time I went on stage recently to accept an award, I looked up and said ‘thank you dad’. February marks a year (since his death). It’s also his birthday in the same month, it’s also on the birthday and this was awarded to me. It’s really special. Raveena Ravi Tandon they wrote,” she gets emotional.

She has landed in Bhopal when we connect, her own family is not there to celebrate for the first few moments. “I’ve never worked for prizes, that’s right. God has been very kind, it has been acknowledged. I’m a pretty neutral person with everything. I close horns with everyone. Sometimes I think no one likes me, but somewhere in the universe someone is watching over me,” she says.

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