Bollywood actress Raveena Tandon, a judge on dance reality show Nach Baliye 9, has said that Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, the show’s producer, often tells people that he has known her since the last 120 years. Raveena made her debut opposite Salman in 1991 film Patthar Ke Phool and also worked with him in Andaz Apna Apna, which is regarded as a cult comedy film of Bollywood.
The cast of Andaz Apna Apna
Raveena is now part of Nach Baliye 9, which premiered last Friday, with Salman also making an appearance in the first episode. While speaking about Salman, Raveena shared with the media, “He told everyone that he knows me since the last 120 years. There’s a comfort factor with him. We spoke non-stop on the set, but when the episode was telecast, I realised that they had edited out a major chunk due to time constraints. We then told each other, ‘Why did we talk so much?’”
Salman Khan and Raveena Tandon
“We kept remembering [anecdotes from] the film’s shoot. We go back 29 years, so one can well imagine our conversation,” she added.
Raveena also spoke about her role as a judge on Nach Baliye, saying that she likes to encourage and motivate others, and that judging doesn't mean criticising but simply highlighting the ‘goof-ups’ of the performances. Talking about the launch episode of the dance reality programme, she said, “The launch episode was a blast; we shot for three days non-stop. We had performances by TV stars, who are friends of our contestants, which led to a unique introduction. It’s really exciting and a lot of fun because the concept is so different, intriguing and interesting. The makers had kept the names of the contestants a secret even from us. It was very fascinating to watch it all unfold. Even while we were there, sitting as judges, it was a surprise. They kept it such a secret that even the vanity vans didn’t have the names on them. So, one didn’t know who was inside the van. It was like a James Bond movie set-up.”