Raveena Tandon

Actress Raveena Tandon is set to make her Bollywood comeback with a negative role in Onir’s “Shab.” (IANS photo)

New Delhi — She has been away from Bollywood for quite some time but for actress Raveena Tandon, it was not a tough call to play a negative role in Onir’s upcoming romantic film “Shab.”

Tandon, 41, who is making a comeback to films after a gap of three years, said she wanted a challenging role to make her return to Bollywood.

“I really wanted to do something challenging and fun. I opted for ‘Shab’ because Onir is a dear friend and the character which I am playing in the film is something which I didn’t do earlier.

“It’s the role of a diva but has shades of gray in it and in the film, I walk a very thin line between positive and negative. Onir gave me the other role first, but I wanted this role because I have not played such a character before. I was more excited to play the negative part,” Tandon said.

“Shab,” a drama set in Delhi, is a love triangle and stars Prosenjit Chatterjee’s wife Arpita and Ashish Bisht, who are both making their Bollywood debut.

Sanjay Suri and designer Wendell Rodricks are making guest appearances in the film.

Tandon said she was always the first choice for “Shab,” which Onir wrote almost 14 years ago when he was assisting Kalpana Lajmi on “Daman.” The 2001 movie starred Tandon and Suri. She won a National Award for playing a tortured wife in the film.

“Onir directed us in ‘Daman’ because Kalpana fell ill for a long time during the shooting of the film. Onir discussed the idea during that time with me and wanted to start up the project in a year or two. I got pregnant in 2004 and the film went on the backburner,” she said.

Tandon, 39, who has two children with husband Anil Thadani and two adopted kids, has done only a handful of films since her marriage.

Her last film “Shobhana 7 Nights,” which was considered her comeback to Bollywood after her pregnancy, is yet to get a box-office release.

“‘Shobhana 7 Nights’ was a festival film. I won the Best Actress award at the Chicago film festival. It was a great learning experience for me. I don’t think the film is meant for the box office,” she said. 

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