Because she didn’t look old enough to be convincing as Ranveer Singh and Priyanka Chopra’s mother, Raveena opted out of Zoya Akhtar’s Dil Dhadakne Do.
Says a source, “Zoya was very keen to have Raveena in Anil Kapoor’s wife’s part. But when Raveena did a photo-shoot she looked like Priyanka’s sister rather than mother. Zoya suggested that Raveena put on weight and add wrinkles on her face through makeup. Raveena didn’t relish the idea. That was when Shefali was brought in.”
Raveena, informs a close friend of hers, not only turned down Zoya’s film, she also turns down lucrative ads which require her to endorse domestic products with children. Raveena Tandon knows playing a mother on screen of any size and in any format is the end of her career as a leading lady.”
Tabu who has played Shahid Kapoor’s mother in Haidar and would now play Aditya Roy Kapoor’s mother in Fitoor, would find it very difficult to swing back into the romantic mode with heroes her age. Once Waheeda Rehman played mom to Jaya Bhaduri in Phagun. It was end of her career as a leading lady.
“Why would Raveena do that to her career when after seeing her brief appearance in Bombay Velvet critics wrote she should have been paired with Ranbir Kapoor?” asks Raveena’s friend.