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Chatting her way to fame


RENUKA IS one small screen star whom viewers prefer to see as a grulous yet no-nonsense woman. None wants to watch her shedding glycerine tears and her non-stop chatter and astute arguments on television have won her many fans. But the fact is, Renuka is also allowing herself to be typecast. "I did cry my lungs out in "Ganga Yamuna Saraswati" and "Udhayam"... " she reminds you. All the same, K. Balachander's "Sahana" on Jaya TV and "Rekkai Kattiya Manasu" on Raj, have put her back on the track she's so used to — typifying the middle class in one and a modern detective in the other. And, as expected, both talk a lot.

"K. Balachander will not make a character talk more than necessary," Renuka defends her mentor and herself. "And if viewers don't wish to see me weep, it suits me fine because I don't like it myself." Renuka sounds equally loquacious in real life.

All the same she seems to go overboard at times. "No," interrupts Renuka. "I can never over act. You must realise that such characters are very much around in real life." She has a point all right, but when the character she plays is a success, is it not natural that she is seen more often in the soap? Of late, weeks pass by before she makes an appearance and there are folks out there who miss her chirpy presence. Especially after she came out with a powerful performance in a couple of episodes of "Sahana".

She's so much a part of the Min Bimbangal unit, that Renuka is rarely seen in other productions. "Ganga ... " and "Udhayam" were more exceptions than the rule.

MALATHI RANGARAJAN

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