Raveena Tandon reveals she was replaced in films because she didn’t sleep with heroes

Raveena Tandon is one of the most prominent actresses from the ’90s. Whenever her name is mentioned, everyone remembers her in a yellow saree from Tip Tip Barsa Paani. Raveena had a successful acting career however she did have a rocky road. She spoke about how people try to take over your films and get jealous of each other’s success.

She never feared sharing her thoughts and she openly spoke to Pinkvilla about contemporary actresses, male stars and their ‘chamcha’ journalists. She said that they would cook up stories of her affairs and got her replaced in movies. She also said she never surrendered to male egos or slept with them to get into their good books.

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Raveena said “There used to be these cabals which used to have the heroes, their girlfriends and their journalist chamchas. What used to shock me was that a lot of these female journalists would do something like this to another woman. When they now stand up and say, we’re feminists and writing ulta-feminist columns, I’m like really? That time, they never supported me because the hero promised them the next cover. There was a monopoly happening at that time. I may not have lost movies because of honesty but a lot of dirt was written about me. I never clawed on people’s back, played cut-throat politics and never stepped on people’s toes either.”

She further added “I didn’t have godfathers, wasn’t part of camps and didn’t have heroes promoting me. I was not sleeping around with heroes for roles or having affairs. In a lot of cases, I was considered arrogant because I wasn’t pandering to what the heroes wanted me to do – laughing when they wanted me to laugh, sitting when they asked me to sit. I was doing my own thing. Surprisingly, female journalists would always try to being me down. I just wanted to live on my own terms.”

The topic of nepotism and favouritism has become extremely prominent after Sushant Singh Rajput’s demise. Many stars have commented on the insider-outsider debate and shared their struggles and obstacles throughout their Bollywood journey.