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Blast from the past

The last two years have seen the return of several seasoned names in tellydom. Rachana Dubey on six of them.

tv Updated: Jul 30, 2007 20:13 IST
Rachana Dubey

The last two years have seen the return of several seasoned names in tellydom.. some as heroines and some as vamps.. some as mothers and some as great grandmums.

Not that one really missed these names too much but their presence at some point on television have been impressive. So, here's looking at six mahila TV comebacks.

Renuka Shahane
Hers was one of the most touted comebacks of 2007. Her show Jeete Hain Jiske Liye on Sony, however, fizzled out within three months.

Apparently the consistently low , TRPs of the show and unnecessary sub-plots taxed it a bit too much. Her work was appreciated, though. She's presently busy with her directorial debut film Rita which stars director Ashutosh Gowariker in the lead role.

Kittu Gidwani
Kulvaddhu wasn't the best return ticket for her. She was last seen on TV as the spunky Ratna in Kashish and Pam in Kesar before vanishing and making a comeback of sorts.

Like most others on Sony's prime time slot, this show didn't gather enough TRPs. Other than that, there were production misunderstandings which forced the show off the air. Another comeback gone awry .

Gautami Kapoor
Call her Gautami Kapoor or Gautami Gadgil, her jodi with her husband Ram Kapoor is the Abhiash pair of television. Hers was the most hyped comeback of the year because she became Tulsi Virani.

In the last few weeks she's received flak as well as appreciation. The last time she was seen on television was with her husband in Ghar ek Mandir.

Neena Gupta
One of the finest actresses in showbiz, she produced and acted in Saans and did a minor stint in Aroona Irani's Des Mein Nikla Hoga Chand.

Right now, she's going steady on Saat Phere as Manno bhabhi. She is best known for Saans, Sonpari and Kamzor Kadi Kaun. Hers has been the most successful and so far the longest-sustained comeback.

Shammi
The last time one saw the cuddly aunty on television was as Shekhar Suman's pesky motherin-law in Dekh Bhai Dekh, almost a decade and a half ago.

Since then, she showed up in two-minuterolesinseveralmoviesbut never on television. For the last eight months, she's playing dadimain Ghar Ek Sapna.

Varsha Usgaonkar
She's synonymous with her power-packed performances in Marathi films and shows.

After a time off from the Hindi and Marathi film circuits, she came back and has stayed on with Durgesh Nandini.

She plays the eldest daughter-inlaw in the family, a greyish character of sorts. Her last memorable act was in the all-women Marathi movie Bindhast.