Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah is one of the most popular and longest running TV shows of the Indian television as it has been running for the last 14 years and it won’t be wrong to say that its popularity is still intact despite being on air for such a long period of time. However, there are times when fans of the show get a little hurt whenever they get to hear about the exit of their favourite actor or actress from TMKOC.
Disha Vakani aka Dayaben had been missing from the show since 2017 after she went on maternity leave. After a quite long wait, it has been heard that the makers are getting ready to launch a new face for playing the iconic character but things have turned ugly again as there is news of Shailesh Lodha aka Taarak Mehta leaving the show.
The character of Shailesh Lodha is very important for the show as it is fire brigade (best friend) of leading character Jethalal (Dilip Joshi) and every time Jethalal gets into a problem, it is Taarak Mehta who rescues him. While no comment or statement has been made in regard to the exit of Shailesh Lodha, neither by the actor nor by the makers, a statement by Dilip Joshi holds a lot of importance which he has made in this connection.
On being asked to comment on this matter, Dilip Joshi says that the change is inevitable and it certainly hurts when co-actors leave because a rhythm is set with them but we should “never say never” as Shailesh Lodha may return to the show.
When he was asked about his absence from the social media platforms, he says that actually he doesn’t have time because shooting is done for almost 12 hrs daily and after that when he returns home, he likes to spend time with his family. He added that social media is just like a monster, once a person gets addicted to it, it won’t leave that person again so it is better to be away from it.
While talking about the journey of Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah, Dilip Joshi says that he can say only one thing that God has been really kind on all of them, especially on Asit Modi who decided to make a serial on the writings of legendary humorist, Taarak Bhai Mehta and gave all of them a chance to act in it. He further adds that we have many shows and movies come and go but they have managed to make a world record of the longest running show and it can happen only because of the God’s favor.
What’s your take on the replacement of Shailesh Lodha?