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Tarak Mehta, inspiration behind TV show ‘Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah’, passes away
MUMBAI: Padma Shree journalist-playwright Tarak Mehta, whose column ‘Duniye Ne Oondha Chashma’ inspired popular sitcom ‘Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah’, passed away yesterday morning after a prolonged illness.
Mehta wasn’t keeping well from the past three-four months. He is survived by his wife, daughter and two grandsons.
Published in Chitralekha, Mehta’s column was a witty and humorous take on life’s simple as well as complicated issues. His writings were well enjoyed and got further popularity through the series ‘Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah,’ produced by Asit Kumarr Modi of Neela Tele Films.
“Tarak Mehta ji was very happy to have his name in the title of the show ‘Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah’. He really liked the show and treated me as a son. He had been unwell for some time and age was also taking its toll on him. He always blessed me and the show for long run. He was also happy with Shailesh Lodha because he played the character of Tarak Mehta to perfection. Besides the society losing a stalwart of humour and satire, his passing away is a personal loss to me. He would not have wanted anybody to cry over him but to feel happy at the rich heritage of culture that he has left behind,” said Modi.
The show recently completed its 2,000th episode and secured a place in the Limca Book of Records as the ‘Longest-Running Comedy Show’.
‘Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah’ airs on SAB TV, every Monday to Friday, at 8.30 pm.