At an intimate gathering for an fundraising auction Passionately Indian organized by Siddharth Kak, noted filmmaker and producer of Surabhi - the popular cultural series on Indian Television, Shah Rukh Khan who opened the auction was in a wonderful mood singing, dancing and amusing the crowd who got to see SRK unplugged even as he turned auctioneer and urged them to bid for the Indian artefacts on sale. SRK who made his on-screen debut with the TV serial Circus shared an amusing anecdote regarding his co-star Renuka Shahane.
SRK spoke fondly of Renuka who went on to become the face of Surabhi and is now not only a renowned actor and well known film personality but is now also one of the trustees of the Surabhi Foundation. "I remember very well the days of shooting with Renuka for my Television series Circus. There was a scene where she was to climb on top and her character was supposed to be affected with vertigo. We didn't know that in real life too Renuka suffered from vertigo and when she was called to shoot the scene she panicked and we got a real shot" SRK told the amused audience.
While SRK was not sure whether the shoot happened in Satara or Goa, Renuka who too was present at the auction remembered the incident quite clearly. "Shah Rukh forgot but we were shooting in Goa. About the scene that he is talking about, yes… I did have problem shooting the vertigo scene and everyone was surprised when they came to know that I had vertigo in real life too. Eventually we managed to shoot it when they reduced the height" said Renuka who looked resplendent in a lovely green saree and ethnic jewellery which matched her ever dazzling smile.
Seema Khot Mattoo