Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah is completing 3000 episodes today. And if there’s someone carrying more buzz than the titular character, it’s Dilip Joshi’s Jethalal. Without any doubt, his character has been one of the most loved on the show. On this special occasion, Dilip took to his social media account and shared his overwhelming happiness.
Dilip posted six photographs and divided his message into bullet points to understand the story behind those visuals. In a very articulate and emotional manner, Dilip has reminisced his journey in the post.
Dilip Joshi says, “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. Lucky for me, I had Asit Bhai (producer Asit Kumarr Modi), a longtime friend, and a seasoned producer who I trusted immensely and had worked with before, offer me the choice of playing Jethalal, adapted by him for television! Thank you, Asit Bhai.”
He also adds, “Fast forward to look tests, a pilot episode, and finally, the first episode that aired on Sab TV on 28th July 2008. We were all given a glimpse into the world of Gokuldham Society for the very first time. We had absolutely no idea that more than a journey, this show would turn into a discovery! It’s rightly said that it’s not work, if you love what you do, and the brilliant team that I work with day in day out, have made me fall in love with my work more than ever. To teammates who have had to leave us during the run, we miss you everyday and for me, you will always be an equal part, infact every department of this blessed production is responsible for this achievement today. So, thank you, Team TMKOC (Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah).”
Dilip Joshi, aka Jethalal, concludes his post by adding, “Playing this character is a gift that keeps giving. And a huge chunk of the credit goes to the fans and well-wishers of the show who have welcomed us and allowed us to be a part of their lives in so many unimaginable ways! So, thank you to everyone who’s reading this right now. And last but never the least, thanking the Ultimate Maker of this show called Life, for giving us all the constant strength to carry on this mission of spreading smiles. Jay Swaminarayan.”
Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah fans, isn’t this beautiful?