Ghanshyam Nayak reveals how Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah helped a viewer overcome his suicidal instinct

Updated on Aug 01, 2018 05:26 PM IST  |  2.4M

Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah, television's most loved and most popular show, has completed ten long years on the small screen. In all these years, the show not once failed to make the viewers laugh. Along with humour, the show has also conveyed various social messages through its witty storyline.

Recently, Mid-day caught up with the cast of the show, Dilip Joshi, Mandar Chandwadkar, Shyam Pathak, Tanmay Vekaria and Ghanshyam Nayak for a chat. Joshi, who plays the role of Jethaalal Gada, recalled his first day of the shoot. He said, "My first shot had my character being kidnapped by some comic goons. It has been a smooth sail since then."

Ghanshyam Nayak, who essays the role of Nattu Kaka on the show, shared an incident when a fan was battling depression, and had thanked the show for saving his life. "I know of a viewer who was contemplating suicide. But an episode made him see things in new light," said Nayak.

Tanmay Vekaria, who plays the role of Bagha, said, "Taarak Mehta has discussed so many topics, including education, health policies, old age homes, and so on. No other show does that."

Joshi credited the team of writers for the success of the show. He said, "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."

He added that the team should now consider following the seasonal format like the television series of the West. "That way, writers will get some relief and the creative output will be better," he said.