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SAB TV's popular show, Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah is the longest running sitcom serial on television. The show that was first aired on air on July 28, 2008, has completed 10 years. Apparently, the makers cancelled their 10th anniversary celebration as a mark of respect to late actor Kavi Kumar Azad! Instead, they decided to have a puja on the sets of the show. Also, recently, it was reported that the makers were planning to shoot in Vaishno Devi, Kashmir. But, the producer of the show Asit Kumar Modi felt that it would be difficult to shoot during the visit to the holy shrine with such a huge star cast, and hence the idea was called off!
On the occasion of the show's 10th anniversary, Dilip Joshi, who plays the role of Jethaalal Gada on the show, remembered his first day of shoot. He was quoted by Mid-day as saying, "My first shot had my character being kidnapped by some comic goons. It has been a smooth sail since then."
The actor credits the writers for the success, "Our USP is that we churn out relatable content day in and day out, and still bring on the laughs. Comedy is a difficult genre. When we do our reading, if a particular joke feels forced, we don't let it go. We all brainstorm and improvise on it."
Tanmay Vekaria recalled as to how he did bit roles on the show, before he played Bagha. The actor said, "I've done several roles - from a cop to a taxi driver to a school teacher (before playing Bagha)."
The actor adds, "Taarak Mehta has discussed so many topics, including education, health policies, old age homes, and so on. No other show does that."
Mandar Chandwadkar, who plays the role of Bhide said, "Amit (Bhatt) is hilarious, which is quite at odds with his character (Champakklal). If someone were to record his antics, it would make for amazing viral content."
Every character on the show has a unique characteristic and is equally loved by the fans. But, Mandar says that he would love to step into Tanuj Mahashabde's (Iyer) shoes, "Bhide is perfect. But from an actor's point of view, I would say Iyer's role has an interesting graph."
Ghanshyam Nayak recalls as to how a fan, who was battling depression, thanked the show for the change in attitude. The actor was quoted by the leading daily as saying, "I know of a viewer who was contemplating suicide. But an episode made him see things in new light."