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Hyderabad, August 28, 2018: Raveena Tandon, Bollywood actress, producer, and former model addressed hall packed with 500 Young FICCI Ladies Organization (YFLO) members on “Successful Women Think Differently” here in the city today.

Raveena Tandon - one of the best that Bollywood has, is a major supporter of the woman empowerment movement. Much ahead of her time, she adopted two girls that too at 21 was a single mother in the prime of her career. Both her daughters were 11 and 8 years then.

When asked how she managed to do what she has done, Raveena said I see positivity in everything that I do. I don’t go to Thirupathi or any other temple and pray for blessings. Instead I work hard earn everything with sheer hard work she said.

Vinita Surana, Chairperson of YGLO who moderated drew Raveena’s attention on the differences she sees in the industry then now, Raveena said we had our own set of problems then. And current generation has their own set of challenges. Takes for instance we never had sparky vanity vans the way current generation uses to changes costumes on the set. We used to changes our clothes in the cover of big umbrellas.

We had a human touch in the shooting location. We used hug each other on the last day of the shoot. We worked like a family. And there was a lot of bonding, she informed.

Current generation has more opportunities but equally have more challenges she said. I am an actor by default. I never dreamt a film career. It just happened by default. I don’t have regrets. I have lived and loved every bit of my career.

The best example you can give it to your kids is you and yourself. You must be their role model, Raveena informed while sharing about her bonding with her children.

Replying to another question Raveena said country has very few women in top position. It is so low that it is lower than Bangladesh she shared. Adding further she stated that only 20% per cent women working force is in CEO level.

When asked which was tougher being a mother or managing career, she said being mother is tougher than managing business. I wish the old system of Gurukul is back she said as a reply Raveena’s attention was drawn to the present education system. Don’t lock up your children in a concrete building. Everything is education. Travelling is an education, caring a pet is an education she informed.

Answering another question Raveena said she is more comfortable in what she is doing now rather than entering into politics. I don’t like to be silenced. I will lose my freedom. What is why I will be a misfit in the politics, she added.

Raveena has been tirelessly working for the girl child, with UNICEF, Cry, White Ribbon Alliance for safe motherhood, Smile Foundation and others. Another example of exemplary humanitarian service done by Raveena include accommodating single handedly 30 orphan girls in her bungalow with the sisters of a trust as they had been turned out by their landlord.

Vinita Surana, Chairperson of YFLO informed in her welcome address that while Raveena’s stardom is the genre du jour, what’s even more engaging is that she will be speaking about her proximity with social support, standing up for women rights, girl child support and her initiatives on women empowerment. From reel to real, Raveena Tandon perfectly balances the beauty of high gloss imagery with a rare rawness.

Pinky Reddy, National FICCI FLO President graced the event. Other special guest speaker includes Bhavna Jasra, Founder first Impressions, who has a clientelé from Prime Minister Modi to Balasaheb Thackeray; Sachin Tendulkar to Dhoni, Ambani’s to Kumaramangalam Birla and the Bachan’s to Ameer Khan.

She is a life casting artist. She also spoke on the occasion. Bhavna has also created memorabilia of the cricketing champions who won the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2011 for India. She had the privilege of casting impressions of the six great cricket captains Kapil Dev, Imran Khan, Arjuna Ranatunga, Clive Llyod, Allan Border & Mahender Singh Dhoni, all of who held the prestigious ICC Cricket World Cup for their countries.

"The first Impression by Bhavna Jasra” is her entrepreneurial venture, where her art involves casting of the expressions of hands & feet, using metal finishes like gold, silver, and bronze & their variants on these casts and then framing them to make memorable keepsakes for life.

The vision, Vinita Surana said for the year is “Ignition to your Intention.” If our members have an intention, we would like to give the wings, the resources, the learning, and development to take your ideas and your life to the next level.

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