I would love to see Alia, Varun in HAHK re­make, says Renuka

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - City - - FRONT PAGE - Monika Rawal Kukreja ■ monika.rawal@htlive.com

It has been 23 years since ac­tor Renuka Shahane played the role of a dot­ing daugh­ter, lov­ing bahu, and ev­ery­one’s favourite bhabhi in Sooraj Bar­jatya’s ro­man­tic com­edy Hum Aapke Hain Koun…! (HAHK). Even to­day, it is her best re­mem­bered role.

Fol­low­ing the suc­cess­ful re­makes of big hits from the past, we ask Renuka about her thoughts on a re­make of HAHK. Renuka says, “Re­vis­it­ing HAHK would surely bring some­thing dif­fer­ent. If it’s re­made for the younger gen­er­a­tion, they’d like to see the char­ac­ters in a mod­ern sort of way.”

Stat­ing that the film, which had Sal­man Khan and Mad­huri Dixit as Prem and Nisha, re­spec­tively, in the lead roles, would still be rel­e­vant, Renuka adds, “It is a very fam­ily-ori­ented film. The film started this whole plethora of sangeet and mehendi func­tions at all wed­dings. And that has not gone out of fash­ion yet, so, def­i­nitely, a HAHK re­make would still work. And I’d love to see Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan play the new-age Nisha and Prem.”

Renuka also points out that with the ad­vent of tech­nol­ogy, the HAHK re­make would be quite dif­fer­ent and ex­cit­ing. “Now with so­cial me­dia, I don’t know how the mak­ers would present Tuffy (the fam­ily pet in the orig­i­nal film). The cli­max scene, where Tuffy brings the let­ter to Mohnishji (Bahl) and he finds out about Nisha’s feel­ings for Prem, would not be the same. But it’s worth re­vis­it­ing.”

On whether she’d be keen to play a part in it, Renuka ex­cit­edly says, “Oh yes! I am al­ways open to work with Sooraj Bar­jatya’s pro­duc­tion house. It’s like my mykaa [par­ents’ home]. They are dream pro­duc­ers to work with. Sooraj is a fine gen­tle­man. But my char­ac­ter is al­ready dead in the film. So, I don’t think I’ll have much to do, if at all there’s a re­make.”

On the work front, though Renuka has been away from the big screen for quite some time now, she says that she isn’t averse to a come­back in

I am al­ways open to work with Sooraj Bar­jatya’s pro­duc­tion house. It’s like my mykaa. They’re dream pro­duc­ers to work with. RENUKA SHAHANE,


Bol­ly­wood. “I’m open to get­ting scripts in Bol­ly­wood, as long as it suits my taste and the film-mak­ers are good,” she says. “I have done a film that will re­lease soon, and my char­ac­ter is re­ally in­ter­est­ing in that, some­thing that’s very dif­fer­ent from my im­age.”



Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt

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