Raveena Tandon was one of the most popular Bollywood actors in the 1990s, but she had to fight her own battle, sometimes literally. In a 2002 interview with Simi Garewal, the actor recalled an incident when she had to “beat” a couple of “noisy men” who traded “freshly with her” at an awards ceremony.
Simi remembered that this was her first memory of Raveena. Simi that they were both judges at the MTV Awards and that Raveena walked all alone to her car after the party. “You went to your car all alone when the party was over and these rioters, they came and acted fresh with you. And you beat them up on your own,” Simi recalls.
Raveena immediately said she “didn’t beat them up,” but handled the situation. Simi insisted that the Andaz Apna Apna actor “beat them up”. Raveena said she was “in a state of shock” when the incident happened and her immediate reaction was to beat those men. “I hit him back. I think self-defense comes in as a reflex, very directly. I had to do that,” she said. Simi remembered Raveena as the “brave and fearless” woman who was ready to spring into action if she felt threatened in any way.
Raveena had recently shared on Twitter that she was “physically harassed” when traveling on local trains before becoming successful. She had written: ‘Until 1991 I traveled like this. And as a girl, I was also physically harassed by nameless trolls like you. Before I started working, I saw success and earned my first car.”
Raveena Tandon reached peak success in the 1990s with films like Mohra, Dilwale, Laadla, Dulhe Raja, Aatish and many others. Raveena made the most recent of her many starring comebacks with the 2021 Netflix series Aranyak. She recently starred in KGF: Chapter 2, the highest-grossing Indian film of 2022.