In a candid conversation with Mid-Day Digital, the multifaceted actor, Renuka Shahane opens up about being a popular face in the meme universe, being typecast post her stint in 'Hum Aapke Hain Koun' and more...
In a career spanning over 30 years, Renuka Shahane has delighted audiences by donning many hats. From winning hearts as an anchor of the popular show of the 90s, 'Surbhi' to impressing the audiences with her amazing acting skills in the Shah Rukh Khan-starrer TV series 'Circus', Renuka has done it all quite effortlessly.
Shahane, who is renowned as one of the impactful actors in Marathi and Hindi cinema, became an overnight star after appearing in Sooraj Barjatya's superhit romantic drama, ‘Hum Aapke Hain Koun'.
The versatile actor, while having a candid chat with Mid-Day Digital, revealed how she feels about being a part of internet culture. "I fear the falling of the rupee because it's always shown with me falling down the staircase," reveals Shahane as she jokes on being a part of viral memes. While she dies early in the movie, her character still lives on in the form of memes and GIFs.
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The Salman Khan and Madhuri Dixit-starrer 1994 blockbuster drama which marked Shahane's stellar Bollywood debut is to date celebrated as one of the classic movies of the 90s.
The actor who was last seen in Vicky Kaushal's 'Govinda Naam Mera', spoke about how Sooraj Barjatya's father had warned her that she would be typecast as second lead after 'Hum Aapke Hain Koun'.
Throwing light on the same, Shahane says, "Raj babuji, Sooraj ji's father had told me before accepting the role. I was a newcomer and he didn't need to say this but he explained 'Once you do this, if you have any ambitions to become a heroine you are not going to get those offers because you will be typecast as someone's sister or wife. Basically the second lead! You will not get the lead.' I was fine with that because I didn't come up with any such aims, I wanted to learn on the job and enjoy myself. I was so amazed that he was kind enough to guide me."
The actor revealed that Raj Kumar Barjatya's warning proved true, and she started getting similar roles post 'Hum Aapke Hain Koun'.
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"I would get roles which sometimes didn't even have a name. They would tell me 'heroine ki behen hai,' she doesn't have a name. I had already done it and played the best role with the Rajshri, so I was very spoiled. I had done another film, 'Masoom' where I played a young widow with a little child, and that was something challenging. When I was getting a lot of different roles in television there was such a big gap in what I was offered in films," informed Shahane.
Despite having a lesser screen time compared to Salman and Madhuri, Shahane managed to strike the right chords with the audience with her scintillating performance. Her portrayal of an ideal daughter-in-law was adored by all.
Flashing a broad smile on the silver screen, Shahane as Salman's 'Bhabhi' charmed everyone for the right reasons. It's been over 30 years since the movie was released, but Renuka Shahane's character from 'Hum Aapke Hain Koun' is vivid in the minds of cinema-goers.