Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah is a Hindi sitcom based on the weekly column “Duniya Ne Undha Chasma” by Taarak Mehta in Chitralekha magazine. It is produced by Asit Kumarr Modi. It premiered on 28 July 2008 and airs on Sony SAB. The show holds the Guinness World Record for the longest-running sitcom on television by episode count.
The series takes place at the Gokuldham Co-operative Housing Society, an apartment complex in Powder Gali, Film City road, Goregaon East, Mumbai, and focusses on the members of Gokuldham Society. Gokuldham is also referred as “Mini India” in the show. The residents of Gokuldham are shown facing mundane problems and finding solutions for those problems. The show also occasionally highlights social issues. Most of the episodes are based on Jethalal being stuck in a problem and Taarak Mehta, his best friend, whom he calls his “Fire Brigade”, rescues him. They help each other in their problems, to promote unity in diversity. Gokuldham is lively and often laughs. The members of Gokuldham celebrate all the festivals like a family and organise various events. The responsibility of organising these events is often on Tapu Sena’s shoulders while Bhide is tensed about exceeding the budget.
The show mainly focuses on our everyday problems, hence the instant connect with the characters. The way they tackle their issues inspires us too! That’s why the show is so widely appreciated by the entire nation. Because we want to laugh our worries away and if we can take away moral values from it…awesome, isn’t it?
All character share a wonder bond and a crackling chemistry, which makes us love the show even more. We know that despite their issues, they will be there for one another. And in this day and age, we need such a show for sure!
This is a show that every age group can watch and enjoy. While kids love watching the ‘Tappu Sena’ and their antics, adults love watching the Bhide’s and Gada’s fights and arguments. It’s a win-win for all, eh?
We all know how laughing is considered a natural cure for many diseases. And this show promises to make us get rid of all the diseases possible! That’s reason enough to watch TMKOC, right?
Cast and characters :
- Dilip Joshi as Jethalal “Jethiya” Champaklal Gada: A Kutchi Gujarati Jain from Bhachau, Gujarat. He runs a store called “Gada Electronics”. He is married to Daya and loves her immensely, but has a crush on his neighbour Babita Iyer. He’s fed up by Bhide’s constant blame on his son Tapu for any mischief in society. Jethalal is Tapu’s father, Champaklal’s only son, Daya’s husband. Actors like Rajpal Yadav, Ali Asgar, Kiku Sharda, Ahsaan Qureshi and Yogesh Tripathi were also considered for this role but they all rejected the role. (2008–present)
- Disha Vakani as Daya Jethalal Gada : Jethalal’s wife, Tapu’s mother, Champaklal’s daughter-in-law and Sunderlal’s elder sister. Whenever Jethalal is in the society’s compound, she goes on the balcony and publicly shouts embarrassing things to Jethalal. Daya is endearingly called Garba Queen due to her passion for Garba and Annapurna (one who doesn’t let anyone remain hungry) by everyone due to her excellent culinary skills. She is from Ahmedabad, Gujarat. She has a catchphrase Hey Maa! Mataji! (Oh God!) whenever shocked or excited. Vakani left the show in September 2017 and her character is shown to be living with her mother for pilgrimage. She made cameo appearances in 2018 and 2019. (2008–2017; 2018; 2019)
- Bhavya Gandhi as Tipendra “Tapu” Jethalal Gada: Jethalal and Daya’s only son, Champaklal’s only grandson and Sunderlal’s nephew. Sonu’s best friend. He’s the leader of Tapu Sena and very intelligent. He is often called Chhoti Daya (younger version of Daya) by Jethalal because he is daring like his mother. (2008–2017).
- Raj Anadkat replaced Gandhi as Tipendra (2017–present).
- Amit Bhatt as Champaklal Jayantilal Gada aka Bapuji, Champak Chacha: Jethalal’s father, Daya’s father-in-law and Tipendra’s grandfather. He is from Bhachau (Kutch), Gujarat. He publicly discusses embarrassing moments from Jethalal’s childhood. Tapu Sena considers him the sixth member of their group. Initially shown naive due to his sudden relocation to Mumbai, he’s now the among the most sensible members of society and whole society treats him as father and grandfather (2008–present)
- Jayantilal Girdharlal Gada: Champaklal’s father (in memories and photo) (2021)
- Shailesh Lodha as Taarak Mehta aka Mehta Saahab, Fire Brigade: The narrator of the show who is a writer and poet by profession, he had a love marriage with Anjali. He is from Jodhpur, Rajasthan. He is Jethalal’s best friend, who calls him Fire Brigade as he helps him through most of his problems. He’s fed up with Anjali’s diet food and seeks opportunity to eat spicy food. (2008–present)
- Neha Mehta as Anjali Taarak Mehta aka ATM: Taarak’s wife. She is a dietitian and an excellent best out of waste artist. Her husband is fed up with her diet food and whole society makes excuses to skip her diet food. (2008–2020)
- Sunayana Fozdar replaced Neha Mehta as Anjali. (2020–present)
- Tanuj Mahashabde as Krishnan Subramaniam Iyer aka Iyer Bhai: He is Babita’s husband. Iyer is a scientist from Chennai, Tamil Nadu. He is a society committee member and Treasurer. He had a love-marriage with Babita. He and Jethalal sometimes quarrel, but also cooperate. He’s often called as Iyeridli by Jethalaal in his mind due to his constant leg pulling by him.(2008–present)
- Munmun Dutta as Babita Krishnan Iyer: Iyer’s wife. Jethalal has a crush on her because of her modernness and beauty. Jethalal unsuccessfully tries to impress her. She was a dancer in the film industry and wanted to become a successful model but sacrificed her dream after her love-marriage. She is from Kolkata. (2008–present)
- Mandar Chandwadkar as Aatmaram Tukaram Bhide aka Bhidu: A strict home tutor from Ratnagiri, Maharashtra and Gokuldham Society’s only Secretary. Madhavi’s husband and Sonu’s father. He quarrels with Tapu and Jethalal and often blames Tapu for any mischief in the society due to Jetha often engages in verbal fight with him for constant blame on Tapu. His catchphrases are “Main Aatmaram Tukaram Bhide Is Gokuldham Society Ka Ekmev Secretary” (I Aatmaram Tukaram Bhide this Gokuldham Society’s only secretary) and “Are Hamaare Zamaane Mein” (In our times). (2008–present)
- Sonalika Joshi as Madhavi “Madhu” Aatmaram Bhide: Aatmaram’s wife is a businesswoman who sells achaar (pickles) and papad (papadum, a seasoned flatbread, with pickles). She is Sonu’s mother. She often taunts her husband for his stingy behaviour and fed up with her husband’s constant blame over Tapu since former’s childhood. (2008–present)
- Jheel Mehta as Sonalika “Sonu” Aatmaram Bhide (2008–2012): Bhide and Madhvi’s only daughter. Tapu’s best friend. She’s the only female and most intelligent member of Tapu Sena in terms of studies. She’s also fed up with her father’s constant blame over Tapu since childhood.
- Nidhi Bhanushali replaced Jheel Mehta. (2012–2019)
- Palak Sindhwani replaced Nidhi Bhanushali. (2019–present)
- Nirmal Soni as Dr. Hansraj “Hans” Baldevraj Hathi aka Hathi Bhai is a foody doctor from North India. He is kind, jolly and fat. His catchphrase is “Sahi Baat Hai”(It is correct) (2008–2009; 2018–present)
- Kavi Kumar Azad replaced Nirmal Soni as Dr. Hathi. (2009–2018) and Soni returned as Hathi due to Azad’s death.
- Ambika Ranjankar as Komal “Komu” Hansraj Hathi: Dr. Hathi’s wife and Goli’s mother. Her catchphrase is “Sahi Baat Hai”, like her husband. (2008–present)
- Kush Shah as Gulabkumar “Goli” Hansraj Hathi: Dr. Hathi and Komal’s. He loves to eat and is the most mischievous member of Tapu Sena. He also has catchphrase “Sahi Baat Hai” like his parents. He often do mischiefs with Jethalaal due to which he often calls Goli Beta Masti Nahin( Goli Dear Don’t Do Mischiefs). Bhide often calls him Goya due to his pranks. (2008–present)
- Gurucharan Singh as Roshan Singh Harjeet Singh Sodhi : A mechanic who owns a car garage. He hails from Jalandhar, Punjab. His Parsi wife is also named Roshan. He likes to party which often ends up getting caught by ladies and Champak Chacha. His catchphrase is “Use Te Main Chhaddanga Nahin” (I’ll Not Leave Him) whenever he finds society members in trouble. (2008–2013; 2014–2020)
- Laad Singh Maan replaced Gurucharan Singh as Sodhi. (2013–2014) and Gurucharan Singh returned as Sodhi.
- Balwinder Singh Suri replaced Gurucharan Singh as Sodhi. (2020–present)
- Jennifer Mistry Bansiwal as Roshan Kaur Sodhi: Sodhi’s wife and Gogi’s mother. She is a Parsi. However she often berates Sodhi for his addiction to alcohol.(2008–2013; 2016–present)
- Dilkhush Reporter replaced Bansiwal as Roshan. (2013–2016)
- Samay Shah as Gurcharan “Gogi” Singh Roshan Singh Sodhi: Roshan and Sodhi’s only son and the youngest member of Tapu Sena, sometime shown to be naive. He’s a copy of his father in terms of nature and is therefore called “Junior Sodhi/ Medium Sodhi” by Bhide. His catchphrase is “Use Te Main Chhaddanga Nahin” similarly like his father. (2008–present)
- Sharad Sankla as Abdul Nawab Miyaa: Owner of a grocery shop (All in one general store) where gents of the society gather after dinner for general discussions along with drinking soda. He often helps society members in society functions. (2008–present)
- Ghanashyam Nayak as Natwarlal Prabhashankar Undhaiwala aka Nattu Kaka: Nattu is Jethalal’s employee and Bagha’s paternal uncle. He handles the accounts section of Gada Electronics. He is from Undhai Village, Gujarat. Whenever Jethalal assigns him some unwanted work, he pretends to not have heard and shouts, “Hain! Aapne mujhe kuch kaha kya?” (Sorry! Did you say something to me?). (2008–2021)
- Azhar Shaikh as Pankaj “Pinku” Diwan Sahay: Eldest member of Tapu Sena, who initially lived in Gokuldham Society but later shifted to the neighbouring Gulmohar society. His parents Mr. Diwan Sahay and Mrs. Dipika Sahay are agents in R&AW and were deployed overseas for many years. (2008–present)
- Shyam Pathak as Patrakaar Popatlal Bhagwatiprasad Pandey aka Popu: He is from Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. He works as a senior crime reporter in the Toofan Express and is the head of the digital edition of Toofan Express. He is a society committee member. He has twice won The Golden Crow Award. He is a longtime bachelor who wants to marry. He is stingy and short-tempered and always carries an umbrella. However he doesn’t show his stingy behaviour when Tapu Sena needs help that’s why he’s their favourite uncle. His catchphrases are “Main Duniya Hila Dunga” (I’ll shock this world) and “Cancel, cancel, cancel”. (2009–present)
- Tanmay Vekaria as Bagheshwar “Bagha” Dadukh Undhaiwala: Jethalal’s employee, Nattu’s nephew, and Bawri’s fiancé. He is sometimes silly
Production and promotion :
The series was approached initially for the channels Star Plus and Zee TV. When they rejected the series, Sony SAB accepted the script.
The shooting happens in film city, Mumbai. Some parts of the show have also been shot for that time storyline in places such as Gujarat, New Delhi, Goa and in overseas locations such as London, Brussels, Paris, Hong Kong and Singapore. On it completing 1000 episodes on 6 November 2012, Asit Kumarr Modi revealed that it took eight years to get this show on air. Further, he said, “Originally, it was a column in a Gujarati magazine, and I bought its rights in 2001. I approached every channel, but the trend of daily soaps had just started, and saas-bahu shows dominated the scene. Whoever I approached said there was no scope for comedy every day. But I had a feeling that one day comedies, too, would become a daily trend. Finally, in 2008, Taarak Mehta… came on air.”
In February 2015, Joshi, Vakani, and Lodha hosted the red carpet at the 60th Britannia Filmfare Awards to promote the Clean India campaign.
From March to June 2020, filming shut down in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown in India. During the same period it was revealed that it was originally planned for two years and might have gone off-air in 2010 itself as per original plan. But viewers love made it a seamless series. The show started broadcasting its new episodes from 22 July 2020.
The show completed 3000 episodes on 24 September 2020.
The series was also dubbed in Telugu as Tarak Mama Ayyo Rama for ETV Plus and Marathi as Gokuldhamchi Duniyadari for Fakt Marathi.
In the first week of 2017, the show stood in the fourth position with 6,004 TVT ratings. In the fourth week, the show entered the top five and stood in the fifth position with 6,059 TVT ratings. In March 2017, the show remained within the top five shows urban rural metrics. In the 25th week of 2017, the show stood at the top spot with 6,092 TVT ratings. In the 26th week of 2017, the show stood at third spot with 6,049 TVT ratings. It is the longest-running scripted show on Indian television. In the 1st week of 2018, the show topped the chart with 6961 TVT ratings. In the 42nd week of 2019, the show stood at the first position with 7952 TVT ratings. In week 29 of 2020, the show emerged as number one show post COVID-19 lockdown with 6477 TVT ratings.
Polish Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Culture and National Heritage, Piotr Glinski visited the sets of Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah in February 2016.
Crossovers and special episodes :
In 2010 the cast of Khichdi made a special appearance to promote their film Khichdi: The Movie. Also in 2010, Indira Krishnan appeared as Krishnaben to promote her show Krishnaben Khakhrawala.
Special episode Anand Ka Safar to pay tribute to Rajesh Khanna aired in July 2012 in which the cast members danced on Khanna’s songs.
Crossover episodes with C.I.D. named Mahasangam aired in July 2014 in which CID visits Gokuldham Society to solve a case.