My darkest character yet: Raveena Tandon

By Hindustan Times

Raveena Tandon is set to seduce a much younger guy in Sudipto Chattopadhyay’s Shobhana 7 Nights. The actor who was last seen in Bbuddah... Hoga Terra Baap (2011) says, “This is my darkest character till date. In 1997, I was to play my first villainous role in Dus, but the film was shelved as
director Mukul Anand passed away mid-way.”

The actor, who is now married to producer Anil Thadani and has two kids, says she was initially apprehensive about taking up the negative part. She says, “Shobhana is conniving and manipulating. She has her reasons, but to constantly be in that dark state of mind for the role was emotionally draining for me. Sometimes after the shoot, I would come home and lock myself up alone to resist being mean to Anil.”

The film, she says, is bold and sensual. It’s a love story that unfolds over seven nights and exposes the dark underbelly of Mumbai. She says, “While there is no physical intimacy, the approach and dialogues in the scenes are bold. The theme is hard-hitting. While it is the story of a high society woman, it also talks about a lad from Haryana who has come to the city to make it big.”

Raveena’s character picks up this man and makes him her toyboy. Ask her if the role is inspired from a real-life columnist and she says, “There are inspirations from real life, but the film and character are not based on any one person. It talks about youngsters who come to Mumbai to make it big and what happens when reality hits them. Some end up being used by escort services. Girls hook up with rich guys and guys end up being toyboys as they look for easier ways to live in luxury.”

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