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Renuka Shahane makes a comeback with "Jeete Hain Jiske Liye" on Sony TV

Twenty years after Surbhi, Renuka Shahane's wide, toothy smile is still etched in our memory. After doing some films and television work, Renuka got married to actor Ashutosh Rana and gradually receded from the lights-camera-action scene. And now, a mother of two, with a trimmer waistline, the talented actress is back to what she is best remembered for - the telly. She is on Sony's new daily, Jeete Hain Jiske Liye. Produced by Tony and Diya Singh, best known for serials like Banegi Apni Baat and Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahin, the Monday-to-Thursday (10.30 p.m.) soap will feature Renuka in the lead role of Anjali. A girl who grows up in an orphanage, meets a rich businessman, marries him and desperately wants to be a mother, till one day she gets to know that she can't become one. The half-hour saga takes viewers through many situations, and a lot depends on Renuka to keep the viewers hooked. Sony TV has tried to break into the strong weekday programming line-up of STAR Plus. Not taking on STAR's assets such as Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi and Kaun Banega Crorepati, it is targeting Kahin to Hoga viewers with Jeete Hain... at 10.30 p.m.and Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii with yet another new serial, Durgesh Nandini, at 10 p.m.Says Renuka, "I am sure viewers will like the serial. I am thankful to Sandeep Sickand of Sony TV for convincing me to return to television. With my children still quite young, I was in two minds." Television, which has undergone many changes in the last few years, says Renuka, now looks for new faces with each new story, and "so I feel I am extremely lucky to have bagged this role after a five-year sabbatical."


Appreciated for her small, but convincing role in Rajshri Productions' all-time blockbuster Hum Aapke Hain Koun, Renuka will play a bahu in this serial too. A clear instance of typecasting, though the actress says she has no problem with it. "Everyone gets trapped in it, even big actors. I am beginning to accept it," she says, flashing that popular smile. With no film offers yet, she would consider the big screen only if any good role comes her way. Says Renuka, "I would feel I have done justice to the role if people forget me and remember only my character Anjali." SANGEETA BAROOAH PISHAROTY




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