The two Maharashtrian divas, Madhuri Dixit Nene and Renuka Shahane were last seen in the runaway hit Hum Aapke Hain Koun. And now, decades later, the two made news again when they decided to work together once more; this time, for a Marathi movie.
“I’m working with her again after 23 years,” smiles Renuka. “It’s a dream to work with her. All those years ago, after that film, I hoped I’d get to work with her again. And this has happened.”
She can’t stop gushing over her old friend. “I have to say, if anybody does get a chance to work with her — be it a producer, actor or director — they should do it. She’s that fantastic,” Renuka adds.
Titled Bucket List, the movie that stars Renuka and Madhuri is directed by Prabha Vijay Deoskar. The film was shot in Mumbai, Alibaug and Langkawi, and is slated to release this year.
Renuka is also returning to Hindi cinema after 14 long years, with a movie titled 3 Storeys. Quiz her on the limited amount of movies she’s doing, and Renuka explains, “My children are still young. My oldest son is in the 10th grade now, and he’s going to appear for his exams soon. That’s why I’m occupied with them all day. I can’t give much time to films or TV, but once they get into college, I’ll be seen in films much more often.”
However, this hasn’t stopped her from being active on social media, and coherently expressing her thoughts on social and political issues. Have celebrities reacted negatively to her thoughts? “No, not at all,” she laughs. “Instead, wherever I go, whoever I meet, they (the industry people) are very happy that I take a stand. Especially because there are times when they can’t say certain things, and I say it on their behalf.”