Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah is one of the most popular TV shows. It is also one of the longest-running shows and has been going on for 12 years. It completed 3000 episodes recently. Dilip Joshi aka Jethalal was on Sorabh Pant’s YouTube show recently along with Sumeet Raghavan.
A fan asked about TMKOC’s writing degrading. Answering his concern, Dilip said, “The show has been going on since 12 years. When you focus on quantity, the quality somehow suffers. Initially it was a weekly show and the writers had a lot of time. There used to be a gap of a month to write 4 episodes. Now it’s almost like a factory. Every day the writers have to find new subjects. After all, they are also human beings. I agree that all the episodes cannot be of that level when you are doing a daily show for such a long time. I do feel that certain episodes are not up to the mark as far as the humour is concerned.”
He went on to add, “As actors, we also sometimes find that a scene doesn’t have enough punches or the humour is less. So we try to add humour by using some movement or some property. We try to add some punches so that the scene works. But I would give full credit to the writers. To write for such a long time is not a joke. Comedy writing is very difficult. To come up with new subjects and ideas is so difficult. So have to bear with the quality not being up to the mark sometimes.”
Dilip posted an emotional note after the show completed 3000 episodes recently. He wrote, “It all began with Taarak Bhai’s iconic characters from his ‘Duniya Ne Undha Chashma’ stories in Chitralekha. This cartoon is of the Jethalal I grew up with. Thank you, Taarak Bhai. You are dearly missed. Your smile has kept us going.”
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