‘The length of the role doesn’t matter anymore’

Debarati Palit
Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Raveena Tandon, who will be seen in Onir’s Shab, talks about her character and why she didn’t take on the lead part, which she was originally supposed to do

This year, Raveena Tandon, has vouched to woo critics and her fans with her work. After the critically acclaimed Maatr, the actress has raised eyeballs with her bold avatar in Onir’s Shab. Those who have watched the trailer of the film can’t stop raving about the actress. Shab also stars Ashish Bisht and Arpita Chatterjee and is set to release on June 30. 

Raveena says that her character has shades of grey. “You can’t call her black or white. She is a very tricky character. You cannot simply admire or hate her,” says the actress while promoting the film. 

She also makes it clear that she is not the protagonist in the drama, based on urban relationships. “The audience won’t get to see me throughout the film. But I still enjoyed being a part it. It was a pleasure working with Ashish, who is such a great actor,” adds the Mohra actress. 

Not many know that Onir and Raveena have been friends since Daman days. Onir, was the chief assistant director, of the film, which was helmed by Kalpana Lajmi. Raveena says, “I have known Onir since a very long time. Onir was the chief assistant director in Daman: A Victim of Marital Violence. And we got to know each other well.” 

In fact Onir was supposed to make Shab many years back with her in the lead. “Sanjay Suri and I were supposed to play the title role. The project didn’t take off then. Later, I got pregnant. Sometime back, Onir was discussing with me about restarting the project. Arpita is playing the character which I was supposed to play. I am glad she is doing it,” she says. 

On asked, why she didn’t play the title role, she replies, “I somehow couldn’t play that role. It has been modified and changed from how it was previously written. I don’t want to do a film because I am playing the lead. I am at a point where I sign a film, if it satisfies me. The length of the role doesn’t matter anymore.” 

Raveena can’t stop gushing about her co-star Arpita Chatterjee with whom she has collaborated in the past too. “I share a great rapport with her. We had done a Bengali film together. Being part of Shab felt like I was working with my family,” she says.

Before signing off, the conversation turns towards Maatr, which inspite of being appreciated by the critics, didn’t do well commercially. 

“It’s true, we got such excellent reviews but somehow it didn’t do well. Yet, I am proud of the film,” says the actress who is currently judging Sony TV’s Sabse Bada Kalakar.

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