The cast of the popular sitcom, Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah has resumed the shooting in the second week of July as per reports in Mumbai Mirror. Now the publication got in touch with the lead actor of the show Dilip Joshi who plays the role of Jethalaal Gada and he shared his experience of shooting for the show, with the new normal coming into the picture. He expressed feeling good to be back at work, but at the same time having fear in his mind.
Dilip Joshi said, “Fear is always there at the back of our mind as we are surrounded by people wearing masks and gloves and sanitiser stands. The whole environment on the set has changed and by the end of the day, you are mentally drained. But still, it’s good to be back at work.” The actor is currently shooting for 10 hours a day in order to create a bank of episodes, he also shared the producer of the show Asit Kumarr Modi, taking utmost safety measures on the sets as the pandemic is still very much affecting the people across the globe.
Explaining in detail about the safety measures taken on the sets he said, “Asit Bhai ensures that all the SOPs are strictly followed on the set. He has gone out of the way to make shooting safe for us, including a sanitisation tunnel, doctors on set to monitor temperature and oxygen levels, a UV Ray machine to sanitise jewellery and other equipment. We have to learn to live with the fear because the virus won’t disappear in a hurry.”
Dilip Joshi also admits though the show is meant to infuse laughter in the lives of the audience, the scripts are altered in order to create awareness, and also limit the number of the actors on the sets at the same time so that social distancing can be practised. He continues further, “We are shooting with a maximum of four actors per episode. We have cut down on the crew too.” ALSO READ:
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Though the actor shares it is difficult to create laughter with the tense situation in the nation due to the pandemic, they try to give their best onscreen. “It’s tough, but we are trying our best. You have to forget everything in front of the camera and let yourself be transported to a different world. We keep improvising on the set,” he added.
On the concluding note, he said, “The virus doesn’t know that we are here to make people laugh. If (Amitabh) Bachchan sir can test positive even after taking so much care, it can happen to anyone. And actors, in particular, stand the maximum risk of being exposed to the virus while shooting as they can’t wear masks in front of the camera. So, we are exposed to the droplets, but you must have faith in God.” ALSO READ: Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah: Dilip Joshi Confesses Of Missing His Onscreen Family During The Lockdown
Fresh episodes of this sitcom will be aired on TV from next week.
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