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Songs and dances were an instrumental factor in Raveena Tandon's popularity before she went on to serious, character-oriented films.

Her numbers in masala potboilers brought her fortune as well as flak. If her hit numbers helped resurrect her position, she also had to deal with the label of Chitrahaar [a popular film song show on Indian television] Queen.

Here are a few of Raveena's popular dance numbers:


Tu cheez badi hai mast (Mohra)
Rajiv Rai's Mohra is best known for its action and the Mast mast number.

Raveena Tandon's coquettishness, Akshay Kumar's dynamic personality, a rocking track and some well executed choreography by Chinni Prakash made Mast mast a phenomenal hit.

Tandon's enthusiastic belly dancing also earned her the Mast mast girl title.


Shaher ki ladki (Rakshak)
Raveena was completely out of the movie circuit after her marriage plans with Akshay Kumar went kaput. That's when Ashok Honda's Shaher ki ladki happened.

One special appearance in a song saw Raveena bouncing back with vengeance in her striking glamorous mould.

Her trendy look by dress designer Manish Malhotra didn't go unnoticed either. After seeing Raveena's rise with Shaher ki ladki, making special appearances in songs became a trend in Hindi films.


Ore ore--Ziddi
IImmediately after Shaher ki ladki, came Guddu Dhanoa's Ziddi. This Sunny Deol starrer didn’t have much except three songs and two scenes for Raveena.

Making most of her songs, Raveena's dancing prowess worked like magic as her song Ore ore sung by the husky Shweta Shetty hit bullseye.


Kisi disco mein jaaye--Bade Miyan Chhote Miyan
David Dhawan’s Bade Miyan Chhote Miyan’s Kisi disco mein jaaye is one of Raveena's favourites too. 'It had totally different dance movements. It was more mood-oriented. It was great working for this song,' she says.

Kisi disco was a stylish number performed with perfect synchronisation between Raveena and her costar Govinda.


Yeh raat--Aks
Aks was a dark supernatural thriller with Raveena playing a nightclub dancer.

Aggressive, bold and beautiful, her character were translated in her uninhibited dance movements, too.



Text: Sukanya Verma

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