Noted writer and the inspiration behind the hit show, Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah passed away this morning. He was 87 years old.
Taarak Mehta was one of India's most popular humorist and playwright. He was suffering from a prolonged illness and he succumbed to his failing health. Actor Shailesh Lodha plays the character of Taarak Mehta in the popular TV sitcom.
Needless to say that Mehta’s death has come as a shock to the entire unit. Dilip Joshi who plays Jethalal on the show told a leading daily, "I just heard the news. We are also busy finishing our episodes and suddenly we got to know he's no more. It's extremely sad. But we knew he was not keeping well. It's also mostly because of old age. He was suffering a lot especially in the last few months . But this news has shocked the entire team. Everyone is extremely sad now."
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The show, which was based on stories written by Taarak Mehta, has been running for almost a decade on SAB TV with over 2000 episodes. Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah draws its content from Taarak Mehta's popular Gujarati column Duniya Ne Undha Chasma.
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Mehta was awarded the Padma Shri back in 2015. His weekly column first featured in Chitralekha in March 1971, and he has published over 80 books.
Fans of the show from all over the world have taken social media by storm with condolence messages for Taarak Mehta.
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