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Akshay Kumar is one of the most successful Bollywood actors. Akshay Kumar and his wife, Twinkle Khanna, have been giving ‘Couple Goals’ to the millennials out there, but before the actor fell for his ladylove, Twinkle Khanna, he had a Casanova persona, and a list of Bollywood divas drooling for him. Amongst them, in the early 1990s, rumours of Akshay and Raveena Tandon's relationship gained attention after they collaborated on a few films and worked together on a sensual song, Tip Tip Barsa Paani. Raveena even stopped signing films as she wanted to be a devoted wife to Akshay.
However, when the film, Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi happened, Akshay’s proximity with Rekha was very evident, which was one of the causes of the rift between him and his then-girlfriend, Raveena Tandon. Raveena once talked about Akshay and Rekha's closeness in an interview.
During one of her interviews with Reddit, the actress went candid about her personal life. Raveena believed that Akshay was only tolerating Rekha for the sake of their movie. Akshay used to run away from Rekha. And it was when Rekha once thought of preparing a lunch box for Akshay. Raveena then felt that things were going too far. Talking about the same, she had said:
"I don't think Akshay ever had anything to do with Rekha. As a matter of fact, he would run away from her. Akshay tolerated Rekha because of the film. At one point, she wanted to get lunch dabbas for him from home. That's when I put my foot down. I felt it was taking things a bit too far.”
In another interview with Cine Blitz, Raveena elaborated on Akshay and Rekha's linkup. She recalled when she intended to teach Rekha a lesson about when to draw the line as Raveena was dating the Khiladi actor, but Akshay intervened and handled the situation.
"If this actress knows that we are together yet getting too close to Akshay, I will get my claws into her. But Akshay knows how to handle the situation, I guess."
For the unversed, Akshay Kumar and Raveena Tandon had plans to get married and even had an engagement ceremony. The actress talked about this in an interview with Simi Garewal back in 2002. She confessed that she was engaged and wanted to live a normal life. Raveena even quit her job to be with Akshay, eventually got back to work and broke up with the Ram Setu actor. She said:
“It was a voluntary decision. I was engaged to somebody I knew. This is what I wanted, to lead a very normal life. I quit in advance before marriage because we did think that when there will be the last day of my shoot, we will go ahead and get married. Once I re-started my career, he again said that leave it, and we will go ahead with the wedding. But, then I told him that once I chose you over my career, but now I will choose my career over you."
In the same interview, Raveena even addressed the rumours of her secretly marrying Akshay Kumar. She shared:
“No, there was a very elaborate engagement ceremony. With the pandit doing pooja and everything. His family had flown down from Delhi. My family came from Delhi. One of his elders had put a red dupatta on my head, and I think that was mistaken to be a wedding.”
In 1995, Akhiyon Se Goli Maare actress, became a single mother after adopting two girls, Pooja and Chhaya. During the production of her film, Stumped, she began dating film distributor, Anil Thadani, in 2003 and got married to him on February 22, 2004, in Jag Mandir Palace in Udaipur, Rajasthan. Andaz Apna Apna actress, gave birth to her daughter, Rasha, in 2005 and welcomed her son, Ranbirvardhan, in 2008.
Raveena Tandon and Akshay Kumar's story is now a fable of the past as both the actors have moved on in their life and are happily married to their respective partners.