In Conversation With... Renuka Shahane
The HumAapKeHaiKaun Actor Renuka Shahane is back after a 14-year hiatus. What made her take such a long break from the industry? Read on as she talks about her comeback, fun, experience so far and more…
Could you tell us something more about your character in 3Storeys? It was a very mysterious character. Flory Mendoza is a lady who has aged not gracefully. Flory aunty would never agree with anybody and that is her basic character. But there is something deep down inside her which definitely unfolds over the period of the story and it shows that there is much more to her than just a happy rolly polly sort of character that everybody’s fond of. So there are some deep dark secrets that she carries with her which is why I think she let herself go. She lives alone and is a very mysterious character but you don’t get to know the entire mystery till the very end. It’s a wonderful role to play. So, how did you play such an intense role? Ahmm…Firstly I was actually given an intense makeup session for me to look that old, unwell and unkempt. So we needed a proper prosthetic makeup. My makeup and costumes were done by Serina Mendoza and Subeda Khan. We then had a workshop with Atul Mongaya. It really helped because he would make us improvise many things which were so random and not in the film. It was as if I was living that character so I know how she would behave in that situation. I was very comfortable with my character.
How was it working in this movie? Arey it was fabulous. I had maximum scenes with Pulkit, Richa, and Masumeh and it was such fun. I never felt that this was Arjun’s first film because he was so sure what he wanted. There were no pressures on us. Priya Sreedharan was also there on the sets. She is the producer of this film and had a good set up. I am not a night person and all our shooting basically was done at night very often. But even then, I was so excited about 3Storeys and the people I was working with. I really enjoyed it a lot. It was a wonderful experience with them. We are seeing you after some time. How does it feel coming back after this hiatus? I think it’s a great feeling because it brings more freshness to the viewers, seeing me after a long time. So, woh thoda sa extra sort of love they gave me.
What are your future plans? I would love to direct a movie, the script is ready. So just waiting for my son’s 10th standard to get over with and then I will scout for a producer and of course, I’m open to unusual roles like in 3Storeys. May be I will get tikdam type of roles after this (Laughs).