Actor Ashutosh Rana & Wife Actress / Director Renuka Shahane Family Pics

Her thousand-watt smile leaves you stunned, his Hindi even more. Both actress-turned-director Renuka Shahane & actor Ashutosh Rana have carved themselves a well-deserved place in the industry and each other's hearts. Ashutosh Rana and Renuka Shahane married after two-and-a-half year romance on 25 May 2001. They have found happiness together. They have two sons Shauryaman Rana & Satyendra Rana.

'Hum aapke prashansak hain'

"We met at the trial run of a film called Jayati , directed by Hansal Mehta, which unfortunately never hit the screens. Ashutosh came to the show with singer Rajeshwari Sachdev. She introduced me to him. I hadn't seen Dushman , so I really didn't know who he was until then. He on the other hand, had seen Sailaab  and Hum Aapke Hain Kaun , and was quick to accolade my performances with a - hum aapke bade prashansak hain  (I'm a great admirer of your work). After the show, they dropped me off at Prithvi theatre, as my driver hadn't shown up. This was in September 1998 and there was no contact between us after that day for several months."

Actor Ashutosh Rana with Wife Actress / Director Renuka Shahane (Actor Ashutosh Rana & Wife Actress / Director Renuka Shahane Family Pics)

The build up

"In October, director Ravi Rai was planning a serial, and he had Ashutosh, a few others and me in mind. Ravi Rai had thrown a Diwali party at his place where Ashutosh couldn't make it because he had to give an interview. The next day he called on me on my answering machine wishing me a happy Diwali. This was on 17th October, he again called on 19th October and finally on 20th October 1998. Feeling a little awkward, I called him back and we ended up speaking for an hour. The days that followed were amazing, we spoke only on the phone because of our busy work schedule and finally after almost three months we finally met on 31st December 1998."

ACTOR ASHUTOSH RANA & WIFE ACTRESS / DIRECTOR RENUKA SHAHANE FAMILY PHOTOS (BOLLYWOOD CELEBRITIES FAMILY PHOTOS)

Actor Ashutosh Rana with Wife Actress / Director Renuka Shahane, Kids Sons Shauryaman Rana & Satyendra Rana (Actor Ashutosh Rana & Wife Actress / Director Renuka Shahane Family Pics)

Actor Ashutosh Rana with Wife Actress / Director Renuka Shahane, Kids Sons Shauryaman Rana & Satyendra Rana (Actor Ashutosh Rana & Wife Actress / Director Renuka Shahane Family Pics)

Actor Ashutosh Rana & Actress / Director Renuka Shahane Kids Sons Shauryaman Rana & Satyendra Rana (Actor Ashutosh Rana & Wife Actress / Director Renuka Shahane Family Pics)

Actress / Director Renuka Shahane with Kids Sons Shauryaman Rana & Satyendra Rana (Actor Ashutosh Rana & Wife Actress / Director Renuka Shahane Family Pics)

Actor Ashutosh Rana with Wife Actress / Director Renuka Shahane (Actor Ashutosh Rana & Wife Actress / Director Renuka Shahane Family Pics)

Actor Ashutosh Rana with Wife Actress / Director Renuka Shahane, Kids Sons Shauryaman Rana & Satyendra Rana (Actor Ashutosh Rana & Wife Actress / Director Renuka Shahane Family Pics)

Actor Ashutosh Rana with Wife Actress / Director Renuka Shahane on their Wedding (Actor Ashutosh Rana & Wife Actress / Director Renuka Shahane Family Pics)

Actor Ashutosh Rana with Wife Actress / Director Renuka Shahane (Actor Ashutosh Rana & Wife Actress / Director Renuka Shahane Family Pics)

Actor Ashutosh Rana with Wife Actress / Director Renuka Shahane (Actor Ashutosh Rana & Wife Actress / Director Renuka Shahane Family Pics)

Actor Ashutosh Rana with Wife Actress / Director Renuka Shahane (Actor Ashutosh Rana & Wife Actress / Director Renuka Shahane Family Pics)

Actor Ashutosh Rana with Wife Actress / Director Renuka Shahane (Actor Ashutosh Rana & Wife Actress / Director Renuka Shahane Family Pics)

Actor Ashutosh Rana Wife Actress / Director Renuka Shahane (Actor Ashutosh Rana & Wife Actress / Director Renuka Shahane Family Pics)

Actor Ashutosh Rana with Wife Actress / Director Renuka Shahane (Actor Ashutosh Rana & Wife Actress / Director Renuka Shahane Family Pics)

Actor Ashutosh Rana with Wife Actress / Director Renuka Shahane (Actor Ashutosh Rana & Wife Actress / Director Renuka Shahane Family Pics)

Actor Ashutosh Rana with Wife Actress / Director Renuka Shahane (Actor Ashutosh Rana & Wife Actress / Director Renuka Shahane Family Pics)

Actor Ashutosh Rana with Wife Actress / Director Renuka Shahane (Actor Ashutosh Rana & Wife Actress / Director Renuka Shahane Family Pics)

Actor Ashutosh Rana with Wife Actress / Director Renuka Shahane (Actor Ashutosh Rana & Wife Actress / Director Renuka Shahane Family Pics)

Actor Ashutosh Rana with Wife Actress / Director Renuka Shahane & Son Shauryaman Rana (Actor Ashutosh Rana & Wife Actress / Director Renuka Shahane Family Pics)

Actor Ashutosh Rana with Wife Actress / Director Renuka Shahane (Actor Ashutosh Rana & Wife Actress / Director Renuka Shahane Family Pics)

Actor Ashutosh Rana with Wife Actress / Director Renuka Shahane (Actor Ashutosh Rana & Wife Actress / Director Renuka Shahane Family Pics)

Actor Ashutosh Rana with Wife Actress / Director Renuka Shahane (Actor Ashutosh Rana & Wife Actress / Director Renuka Shahane Family Pics)

Actor Ashutosh Rana & Actress / Director Renuka Shahane Son Shauryaman Rana (Actor Ashutosh Rana & Wife Actress / Director Renuka Shahane Family Pics)

Actor Ashutosh Rana with Wife Actress / Director Renuka Shahane, Kids Sons Shauryaman Rana & Satyendra Rana (Actor Ashutosh Rana & Wife Actress / Director Renuka Shahane Family Pics)

Actor Ashutosh Rana with Wife Actress / Director Renuka Shahane (Actor Ashutosh Rana & Wife Actress / Director Renuka Shahane Family Pics)

Actor Ashutosh Rana with Wife Actress / Director Renuka Shahane (Actor Ashutosh Rana & Wife Actress / Director Renuka Shahane Family Pics)

Actress / Director Renuka Shahane with Son Shauryaman Rana (Actor Ashutosh Rana & Wife Actress / Director Renuka Shahane Family Pics)

Actor Ashutosh Rana Wife Actress / Director Renuka Shahane (Actor Ashutosh Rana & Wife Actress / Director Renuka Shahane Family Pics)

Actor Ashutosh Rana with Wife Actress / Director Renuka Shahane (Actor Ashutosh Rana & Wife Actress / Director Renuka Shahane Family Pics)

'There was something mysterious about him'

"He is an extremely intelligent person and a terrific actor," says Renuka. "It's the drive and ambition he has, that left me awe struck. There is something mysterious about him; he has this quality that i hadn't observed in any one else. Besides, he was a very well educated man."

"Her peace, intelligence, strong personality and her liveliness attracted me towards her," says Ashutosh. "We love to talk to each other. We've always had different opinions on several issues, but our work was something we never discussed."

'I learnt a lot from my first marriage'

Renuka's first marriage was short-lived. The failed marriage, according to Renuka, has done more good than harm. "I did have insecurities before getting into another marriage, but I guess I was better equipped this time around. My first marriage has made me what I am today."

As for Ashutosh he had no doubt that she was the one for him. "Her past didn't feature in any of our long discussions, there were no doubts on my part."

An equal and opposite reaction!

"My father who has a very cool temperament reacted very pleasantly to my wedding plans,'' says Renuka. "My mother was very tense, not because it was my second marriage but due to Ashutosh's family background. His family, which hails from a little hamlet in Madhya Pradesh, consists of twelve members."

Now they share a wonderful relationship, he has even picked up Marathi from her! Ashutosh's family was more than happy for him. "I was the last in my family to tie the knot and my family members took an instant liking for Renuka. There might have been a cultural difference between our families, lekin raston pe aalag nahin the  (We did not have different paths)."

A royal wedding

And so after two and a half year's of courtship, they decided to get married. Their wedding was an affair right out of a fairy tale. They had decided to get married in Damoh in Madhya Pradesh.

"We reached Damoh on 25th morning and the ceremony was scheduled for 12 noon. I was stunned to see the entire station packed with people, which looked more like a political rally. And then we stood in our jeep and waved to the crowds lined up on both sides of the road," says Renuka.

As Renuka's mother was unable to be at the ceremony on time it was Ashutosh's sister who did the kanyadaan . "The pandit performing the ceremony was stunned at my sister-in-law doing my kanyadaan."

Greatest Strengths

"For him family is always first. He is a very rooted person. He puts a lot of effort into our marriage and supports my decision to work. In fact, he is still pestering me to get back to work, which I stopped after my pregnancy. And he doesn't smoke or drink."
         
"She has loads of patience and an ability to contain and tolerate my occasional hyper-active behaviour. She is basically a very honest and positive person."

Greatest Weakness

"He is extremely possessive about me. But besides this he is the perfect husband."

"I have accepted her the way she is, which also includes her negative qualities. If I have accepted her unconditionally, the question of her weakness is of no consequence."

As you sow, so shall you reap!

Both Renuka and Ashutosh believe that marriage requires a lot of effort. "Marriage is not a bed of roses. You have to put a great deal of effort into marriage and remember that this is the woman you have chosen to be with, and you have to be there for her no matter what.

You may have different opinions about certain things, it is essential for the both of you to have the same policy on life." Renuka offers some valuable advice. "Being strong willed people, the secret to our marriage is having no ego and always finishing an argument. Identify the problem, discuss it and find a solution. Never sleep over an argument!"

'She is a good listener, I'm a great talker'

Friendship reigns supreme in their marriage and there are many things this couple share in common. "I love to talk and she is a great listener, it works really well," beams Ashutosh. For Renuka friendship is an essential support system in any relationship. "Our marriage is based on friendship, I think all marriages today are. We love spending time together watching movies, plays, having long discussions on theatre and being with friends."

'Marriage is not a matter of change, but of exchange!'

Both Renuka and Ashutosh have found a new life after marriage. "My working capacity has increased after marriage," remarks Ashutosh. "I have started living my life in a very positive way. I believe that marriage is not a matter of change, but of exchange."

Renuka has rediscovered herself once more after marriage. "At first I thought I could do without marriage, but now I'm happy that I'm a married woman. I'm more relaxed now because the barrier, of being a single woman in our society, no longer exists. I am much happier now and extremely positive about the future. Marriage has widened my spectrum of acceptance of other people - it has changed my life."

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