This week Raveena Tandon has much reason to rejoice. She has won the Best Actress award for her performance in Sudipto Chattopadhyay’s Shobhna’s 7 Nights at the Houston Bollywood Film Festival which concluded on October 7 with the announcement of Raveena’s triumph.
Interestingly, there is only one acting award at the Houston Bollywood Film Festival which covers both the male and female category of nominations. Raveena therefore beat competition from Abhay Deol and Emraan Hashmi in Dibakar Bannerjee’s Shanghai to get the award.
Squealing in delight from Houston after the announcement, Raveena said, “I’ve hardly received awards in my career so far. I did get the National award for Daman. But that was a one-off thing. I thought I deserved recognition for Shool and Aks. But I was seen as glamorous commercial actress. Hence, not eligible for awards. Now when I’ve played the most glamorous role of my life, I get the Best Actress award. Ironical, isn’t it?”
She was specially kicked about beating male competition with her performance. “In India and in most awards the world over, they have separate categories for male and female performance. But here in Houston we were all judged in the same category. That was quite flattering.”