Raveena Tandon, who has been away from the big screen for nearly five years, promises to make a comeback soon but says she will only accept something that suits her age.
‘I am gradually going through scripts and you will soon see me back in movies. I am looking for something challenging and interesting. Not something that the actresses are doing today as it will not suit me,’ Raveena, 36, told IANS on phone from Mumbai.
‘I would not like to fool myself doing what the actresses are doing today. Today, I can’t play the role of college student. If somebody even offers me one, I would myself ask them to get their brain examined. You have to do roles that suit your age,’ she added.
Raveena started her career in 1991 with ‘Patthar Ke Phool’ and went on do films like ‘Parampara’, ‘Andaaz Apna Apna’, ‘Mohra’, ‘Shool’ and ‘Satta’. Her powerful performance as a victim of marital violence in ‘Daman’ even won her a National award.
After working for about 13 years, the actress decided to settle down and tied the knot with distributor Anil Thadani in 2004 in Udaipur’s Jag Mandir Palace. The couple have two children – daughter Rasha, six, and three-and-a-half-year-old son Ranbir.
Her last big screen outing was the 2006 movie ‘Sandwich’ with Govinda and Mahima Chaudhary. In between, however, Raveena has been taking small screen assignments.
She judged the children’s reality show ‘Chhote Miyan’ in 2009. She also joins the judges’ panel for Disney Channel’s new children talent hunt show ‘Disney Channel Shooting Stars’, where kids will showcase their acting, singing and dancing talent. The winner will get a chance to star in the channel’s original productions in India.
Though she is looking at scripts and accepting TV offers, Raveena says her priority is still her children.
‘My children are my priority right now. They are in the best days of their life and I don’t want to miss that. If I do a movie, the schedule would require me to stay away from them for a long time. They go to school and I cannot afford to stay away from them for such a long time.’
It is often said that an actress who gets married has fewer options but Raveena doesn’t agree.
‘It used to happen earlier when after marriage there used to be fewer options for actresses, not any more. With married heroes being cast in movies, it has slowly opened doors for female actors as well. The industry has broadened its horizon, the whole perception has changed and Kajol is one of the prime examples of the same,’ she said.
‘Over the years there has been a great change in the industry…a lot of crossover cinema happened. It is great to see that the films being made today are a mix of realism and entertainment,’ she added.