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Renuka Shahane (born 7 October 1966), also known by her married name Renuka Ashutosh Rana,[1] is an Indian actress working in the Bollywood film industry and in Indian television, best known as the co-presenter of the Doordarshan TV show Surabhi (1993–2001).[2]

Renuka Shahane
Renuka Shahane (at Premiere of Marathi film 'Mission Possible').jpg
Shahane in 2010
Native name
रेणुका शहाणे
Born (1966-10-07) 7 October 1966 (age 53)
Years active1990–present
Spouse(s)Ashutosh Rana
ChildrenShauryaman Rana
Satyendra Rana
AwardsFilmfare award for best actress for the Marathi film "Aboli" in 1994

Background and personal lifeEdit

Renuka Shahane was born into a Maharashtrian family and her mother tongue is Marathi. Her father, Lt. Cdr. Vijay Kumar Shahane, was an officer in the Indian Navy. Her mother, Shanta Gokhale, is a theatre personality and film critic who works mainly on Marathi theatre. When Renuka was very young, her mother divorced her father and married a man named Arun Khopkar, who was a film-maker. However, this second marriage soon ended in another divorce, after which Shanta Gokhale began a long-term friendship with Jerry Pinto, also a film journalist like her. Renuka and her only sibling, Girish Shahane, who is her full brother, grew up with their mother in Mumbai. Renuka did her B.A. in Psychology from St. Xavier's College and her Post graduation in Clinical Psychology from Mumbai University. Her brother Girish Shahane is a contemporary writer, art critic, and artist who has been associated with several art fairs and is a columnist with[3] [4]

Renuka has been married twice so far. Her first marriage was to Vijay Kenkare, a Marathi theater writer and director, but the marriage did not last long and they were soon divorced.[5] She then married Ashutosh Rana (original name Ashutosh Neekhra), who is also a Bollywood actor. They have two sons, namely Shauryaman Neekhra and Satyendra Neekhra.


Renuka Shahane started her career with the Marathi film Hach Sunbaicha Bhau. She then worked as one of the two anchors of the vastly popular Hindi language TV show, Surabhi, and this is what made her a household name. Her broad smile became a byword for charm in the era when Doordarshan was the only TV channel in India, and Renuka was certainly one of the most popular TV personalities of the 1980s. In 1994, at the height of her fame while hosting Surabhi, Renuka got the opportunity to act in the movie Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!, that soon became the highest grossing Indian movie[6]. Her role in the film was much appreciated and added to her image of a storehouse of wholesome, traditional values.

Renuka Shahane has acted in many Marathi Films. She released her first Marathi film as a director, called Rita. Adapted from her mother Shanta Gokhale's novel, Rita Welingkar,[7] Renuka plays the pivotal role of a friend, guide and philosopher of Rita, the protagonist. Rita had Jackie Shroff, Pallavi Joshi, Suhasini Mulay and Mohan Agashe in the cast. She also acted in a Telugu movie Money, produced by Ram Gopal Varma, which was a big hit.

Circus was one of the initial Indian television serials that she starred in. She portrayed the love interest of then relatively unknown Shah Rukh Khan's character. Her role as a strong-willed woman in another television serial, Imtihaan was widely appreciated.



Web SeriesEdit

What the Folks (2018)


Year Serial Role Language Channel
1989–1990 Circus Hindi DD National
1993–2001 Surabhi Host
1994 Imtihaan
Aasmaan Se Agay
1995–1998 Sailaab Zee TV
1997 Mrs. Madhuri Dixit Madhuri Dixit
1997-1998 Ghutan Shamli DD National
9 Malabar Hill Zee TV
1998–1999 Kora Kagaz Pooja Star Plus
2001 Khamoshiyaan...Kab Tak Zee TV
2007 Jeete Hain Jiske Liye Sony Entertainment Television
2010–2011 Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 4 Contestant
Jeena Isse Ka Naam Hai Marathi Zee Marathi
2011 Foo Bai Foo Judge
Awaaz Mahrashtracha Host Mi Marathi
Ladies First Co-Host Hindi Food Food
2014 Mere Rang Mein Rangne Waali Renuka Deshmukh Life OK
2015 Comedy chi Bullet Train Renuka Marathi ETV Marathi
2015 Kabhi Aise Geet Gaya Karo Amrita Hindi Disney Channel India
2018 Khichdi Bawaskar Madam Star Plus 2019

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  1. ^ Renuka Shahane [@renukash] (7 October 2014). "@nirmalpathak @Wikipedia My birthday is on the 7th of October :-)" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  2. ^ "Blast from the past Renuka Sahane and Siddharth Kak in Surabhi". The Hindu. 25 February 2008.
  3. ^ "Girish Shahane". Huff Post (Huffington Post) India. Retrieved 21 July 2018.
  4. ^ "Girish Shahane's Profile, JNAF". Jehangir Nicholson Art Foundation. Retrieved 18 September 2019.
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  6. ^ Footman, Tim; Young, Mark C. (May 2001). Guinness World Records 2001. Bantam Books. p. 147. ISBN 9780553583755. Highest-grossing Indian movie Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! (India, 1994) took over $63.8 million in its first year.
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