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Renuka Sahane:  The recognition I got for Hum Aapke Hai Koun is still special for me 

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Actress Renuka Sahane, who is popularly known for the superhit film Hum Aapke Hai Koun, speaks about her experience working with young artists, what she looks for in a project, and more.
So many years down the lane, the charm that actress Renuka Sahane brought on-screen has still been alive. A big name and a renowned face in the Indian film industry as a whole, was recently seen in the Vicky Kaushal, Bhumi Pednekar, and Kiara Advani-starrer Govinda Naam Mera. Having been in the industry for over 35 years now, working with the Dharma Productions was nothing less than a heartfelt experience. While she’s all praised for its director, Shashank Khaitan, for making it easy for actors to work on their sets, the Money Money actress today feels, “Working with young artists boosts my energy. The team or the cats, be it Vicky, Bhumi, or Kiara, all of them have been very dedicated to their craft; it was lovely seeing their passion on set.”
There is no doubt why the production house has been a big name in the industry, and as the actress sits down for the interview, she shares how their experience reflects in their work. Something that she really feels great about working with them is the warmth that they bring and treating their artists with the utmost respect.
With her stint, be it in Bollywood, Tollywood, or Marathi, she has made a huge impact on the story of the project that she’s working on. But to her, “It’s crucial to determine whether the movie aims to say anything new. I find it attractive that the director’s and the writer’s thought processes should contrast in some way. Trite stories are not amusing. I can therefore clearly understand how my character is written and how important it is to the plot.”
She began her journey with PC and Mausi, so for her, that show has always been close to her heart, and she feels grateful to have worked with none other than Farida Jalal. “She is such a fine artist and so sweet; it was a great learning experience working with her. I was so young at that time and full of confidence. Today I feel nervous, but in those days I did not think twice about anything. Then, in Lifeline, I got a chance to work with Tanvi Azmi, Ila Arun, and Pankaj Kapur. I was also an assistant director in that, so it was a different experience. Since then, it has been in my heart that I should take direction. However, I kept on getting back-to-back projects.”
However, she is supposed to name the movies or television shows that are most dear to her heart: Surbhi and Hum Aapke Hain Koun. “My name got to every home because of Surbhi. I became more well-known thanks to Doordarshan. If you work on television, you are typically recognised by the names of your characters. But Surbhi helped me start becoming well-known under my own name. That meant a lot to me. Then Hum Aapke Hain Koun appeared, and the way the movie became a national phenomenon is still important to me in terms of the recognition I received. On the other hand, I have done a variety of roles on television, all of which are extremely dear to my heart.”
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