3 Storeys actor Renuka Shahane: After Hum Aapke Hain Koun, people expected me to behave like Pooja bhabhi


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Published: March 6, 2018 1:31 pm

Renuka Shahne is trying to break free of the image of Pooja bhabhi from Hum Aapke Hain Koun. She is playing her age, but with so much variety, and that should be celebrated,” she said, adding that it is time for television show makers also to get the direction right. Renuka Shahne in Hum Aapke Hain Koun. This is very progressive. There are various phases of our life and all of them are explored on-screen now,” said Renuka, making a special mention of actress Vidya Balan. And look, there are (many) actresses, but for my children, they have only one mother and that is me… they are mine, nothing could be more important than them.”
Directed by Arjun Mukherjee and produced by Excel Entertainment, 3 Storeys will release on Friday. Asked what made her choose 3 Storeys as her comeback vehicle, Renuka told IANS, “I always wanted a role that will challenge me as a performer, a character that is so opposite of me, a character that will push me enough to bring out the best in me. “Whether it is Anushka (Sharma), Kareena (Kapoor Khan) or Rani (Mukerji), they are all resuming work after their marriage and pregnancy. With each scene, we actors are creating the world of the character we play, so yes, I was a little conscious.”
This apart, Renuka — who is married to actor Ashutosh Rana — is also planning to gear up for her directorial venture once her son’s board exams get over. Good roles are written for a woman of our age. At this stage of my career, only screen presence cannot satisfy me.” Renuka’s loving character as the polite and ever-smiling Pooja in romantic drama Hum Aapke… trapped her in a way. She said the team — including Richa Chadha, Pulkit Samrat and Sharman Joshi — underwent extensive workshops. “Vidya is making a huge difference with her kind of roles. I think now our films are going in the right direction. The fact is I am a different individual in real life. One to prioritise motherhood over career growth always, Renuka said, “Firstly, this is my choice of being a full-time mother because I love my children. I am happy to observe how married women (actresses) are equally desirable now, unlike earlier days,” Renuka, 52, told IANS here. To that, I have reacted saying, “Because I am Renuka, not Pooja bhabhi,” she said, giggling. Renuka acted in several television shows like Imtihaan, Ghutan and Kora Kagaz in the late 1990s. “After a certain point of time, I was getting roles where my characters had good presence on-screen, but were not in a great space as an actress, as a performer.