When Ram Gopal Varma did not recognise Raveena Tandon – Exclusive | Hindi Movie News

When Ram Gopal Varma did not recognise Raveena Tandon – Exclusive | Hindi Movie News

Raveena Tandon has a special place for E Niwas when she chalks out the list of the directors who have played a major role in shaping her career. E Niwas is definitely one such.
Talking about E Niwas, Raveena says, “E Niwas gave me the shift that I was looking for. I had done ‘Dulhe Raja’, ‘Anari No 1’, ‘Bade Miyan Chote Miyan’ and only commercial films were coming to me all the time. I wanted to break through and E Niwas came to me with ‘Shool’.”

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But there was a hitch. The film’s producer Ram Gopal Varma was not keen on casting Raveena. “RGV told him that I wouldn’t suit the serious role in ‘Shool’. But I went for the meeting with Ramu and even Manoj Bajpayee was present.”

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Raveena continued, “Ramu told me that if he closes his eyes, he can only see me doing ‘Akhiyon Se Goli Mare’. I told him, ‘That’s exactly what I want to change. I want to be seen in roles which people haven’t seen me doing’. Next, we shot some pictures with Rakesh Shreshtha for ‘Shool’ and Ramu had dropped by. I passed him as he was heading to a washroom and wished him ‘Hello’. He wished back but coldly. Suddenly, while I was giving a test shot, I heard a voice from behind exclaiming, ‘Oh my God. Was that you?’. I turned around to Ramu and nodded. And all along, I was thinking that Ramu won’t give me that film because he had given me such a cold ‘Hello’. You see, he hadn’t recognised me in my new avatar!”
The rest as they say, is history!

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