She was the quintessential symbol of sensuality during the '90s. Even when her iconic number 'Tip Tip Barsa Paani' has been recreated by a leading actor (Katrina Kaif) of the recent generation, a majority of netizens opined that the former's oomph factor can't be matched.
Tandon spoke to issues ranging from body shaming to toxic gossip magazines which could ruin someone's career in an interview to ANI. Asked about the gossip magazines of the bygone eras, Tandon said, "90s gossip magazines were the worst. And some of those women, now I see, roaming around today carrying the women's lib badge over their heads and hearts, who were the worst enemies of women, who body-shamed women and would do everything possible to bring another woman down. Today they roam around as feminists, I wonder when did that happen? If I start telling stories about them... (chuckles)."
During her interaction with Smita Prakash of ANI, the actor said, "I was plump actually. Though I don't care now."
"I remember some of these titles. And not only me, but some other heroines are also called that. Besides that, instead of supporting women, what they did was...firstly all these women editors would fall in love with the heroes. And what the heroes said were the last words," Tandon said.
"If he wanted to pan a woman, the woman would be panned, shamed, literally, her career ruined in the magazines with nasty articles being put out about her. There were so many untrue articles put out because some hero would tell them to write something about her."
"And it would be the last word. And if there would be an apology, that would be on the last line of some other issues of the magazine, it would be written 'the story carried earlier ultimately proved not to be true'. And who will read that then? At that time the screaming headlines already made the news, right?"
Tandon concluded that she was utterly displeased with the 'viciousness' of '90s journalism and decided to take a break after her marriage.
On her broken engagement with co-star Akshay Kumar
A much-Googled topic is her engagement with Akshay Kumar which the couple broke off nearly 25 years ago. The stars who had acted together in a few movies were engaged before breaking up in the mid-90s. Tandon said people are still looking for details of their relationship.
"It comes up, and it comes up like there's a war between everyone whom he's involved with. Hello, once I had moved out of his life, I was already dating someone else, and he was already dating someone else, so 'kahan se jealousy ayegi' (why would anyone be jealous)?"
Tandon, who was recently conferred with Padma Shri award, India's fourth-highest civilian honour, will be seen rekindling her on-screen chemistry with Sanjay Dutt in the upcoming romantic-comedy 'Ghudchadi'. She was last seen in 'KGF: Chapter 2' alongside Dutt and Yash.
She also has 'Patna Shukla' in her kitty. The film also stars Satish Kaushik and is produced by Arbaz Khan.
She is also set to headline an upcoming series for streamer Disney+ Hotstar, 'Variety reported.