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Renuka Shahane is back

Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Mumbai(UNI): Noted actress Renuka Shahane makes a comeback on the small screen after a gap of five years, saying she is more comfortable with Television than films. Talking to reporters at the pre-launch press conference here today, Renuka, star of television serials like 'Circus', 'Sailab', 'Kora Kagaz' and 'Surabhi' said she could not have thought of a good comeback vehicle than that of her character Anjali in 'Jeete Hai Jiske Liye', who goes through an emotional upheaval after she is denied the right of motherhood by the family she loves.

Replying to questions, the actress said, ''Films cannot give me the variety and depth of roles television has to offer''. Stating that she took a little time to adjust to the grind of a daily soap, which she is doing for the first time in her 20 year career on television, Renuka said the small screen had changed a lot in the last five years. I have signed a contract and also seen my hoardings on the streets, which has never happened before.

Renuka, who is married to actor Ashutosh Rana and is a mother of four year old Shourya and two year old Satyen, said she never missed the limelight in the last five years where television characters grew to a larger than life image because she was never ambitious.''During my five year hiatus away from the limelight, I completed writing a film script about a mother-child relationship. It is a pyschological thriller. I plan to direct the film myself provided I get a good producer,'' she added.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Creative Director of Sony Television, Sandeep Sickand said apart ''from Jeete Hai Jiske Liye'', to be beamed from February 5 at 2230 hrs, the channel is also launching ''Durgesh Nandini'' at 2200 hrs. Responding to a question on whether Sony was planning a KBC like programme like the 'Chappar Phad Ke'' game show hosted by Govinda few years ago, CEO of Sony Television Kunal Dasgupta said no such programme was on the anvil.

Kunal said the channel was all set to regain its No 2 position in 2007 as it had slipped to the third position in 2006. ''But, 'Jhalak Dikhla ja' and 'Big Boss' have created a buzz around Sony and we are ready to regain our lost position,'' he said and denied that a heavy dose of non-fiction programming resulted in the loss of its rating position among viewers.

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