Popular columnist, humorist, writer and playwright, Tarak Mehta, who inspired the immensely popular Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashma (TMKOC), passed away at the age of 87 years, after prolonged illness.
The producer of Taarak Mehta, Asit Modi was quoted by an entertainment portal as saying, "Taarak sir is no more with us. Due to health issues and old age he breathed his last today morning in Ahemdabad."
Taark Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashma cast, Bollywood celebrities and politicians took to social media to condole his death. Read on...
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
PM Narendra Modi tweeted, " सुप्रसिद्ध नाटककार और हास्य लेखक तारक मेहता जी को श्रद्धांजलि। उन्होंने जीवन भर व्यंग्य और कलम का साथ नहीं छोड़ा।"
Arvind Kejriwal Wrote...
Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal wrote, "Gujarati writer and Padma Shree Tarak Mehta ji passes aways. May his soul rest in peace."
Amit Shah Wrote...
National President of Bharatiya Janata Party, Amit Shah wrote, "Tarak Mehta ji will always be remembered for his rich contribution to society and the laughter he gave to millions. Om Shanti Shanti Shanti."
Munmum Dutta Wrote...
Munmun Dutta, who plays the role of Babita Krishnan on the show tweeted, "Saddened by the news of #TaarakMehta sir passing away. Last time when I met him, I could see his health failing him. He was still spirited- -and full of life. People will always remember him as the man who gave everyone the reason to laugh through his writings.My respect to him🙏🏻"
Long Live Tarak Mehta Sir...
She further added, "Long live #TaarakMehta sir in the hearts of common people through his literary work . May he rest in peace 🙏🏻."
Shailesh Lodha, who plays Taarak Mehta on the show, was quoted by Bollywood Life as saying, "His death has left a huge void in our lives. It will be tough to replace him and this vacuum that has been created."
'Tarak Mehta's death Is A Great Loss'
He added, "Tarak Mehta's death is a great loss not only for the Gujarati community but for India's literary circuit. It is a loss for readers, a loss for the literary community who looked upto him for inspiration. I am yet to get over this news."
Richa Chadda Wrote...
Bollywood actress, Richa Chadda: Rip Tarak Mehta. Thank you for the humour. You shall be missed. 🙏🏽"
Paresh Rawal Wrote...
Bollywood actor Paresh Rawal: Extremely saddened by the passing away of Shri Tarak Mehta ...a great humorist in any language! RIP Mehta Saheb.
Dilip Joshi, who plays Jethalal Champaklal Gada on Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashma, was quoted by a leading website as saying, "We are shooting right now and just a few minutes ago, we got this news. He wasn't well. It is not easy for us to shoot right now... I was a huge fan of Tarak bhai."
He added, "I grew up reading his columns and then even acted in plays. So, I had a long association with him. I was in touch with him in his last months as well. Every time I used to go to Ahmedabad, I used to meet him. Even though physically he was very weak, his wit and humour were intact."
Taarak Mehta's humorous column first appeared in Chitralekha (March 1971) and since then there was no looking back. He is best known for the column Duniya Ne Undha Chasma in the Gujarati language.
Taarak Mehta is survived by a daughter. Apparently, TMKOC team has planned a special episode for him.