Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah is currently the most popular sitcom in India. It’s been in the run for almost a decade now. If you go through social media platforms, you will find fan pages dedicated to every single character of the show, such is its popularity.
As a result, when a character is replaced from the show, it most often takes a long time for the audiences to accept the new face. That is exactly what happened with Raj Anadkat when he replaced Bhavya Gandhi in Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah as the much loved Tipendra Jethala Gada aka Tapu.
One of the most loved characters of the show, the role of Tapu was essayed by Bhavya for almost 8 years before Raj Anadkat replaced him. But the journey for the young actor was not all easy.
Raj Anadkat recently opened up about the initial reaction of the audiences and their acceptance towards him as the new Tapu. He confessed that there was a time he was flooded with hate mails and comments on social media.
Speaking to Spotboye about his journey in Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah as the new Tapu, Raj said, “Audience gave me mixed reaction. There were people liking me but at the same time there were people who also said that he is not suiting the role and not acting properly. I used to receive hate comments on social media but I took that as a motivation to do better. But now I feel happy that they have accepted me. Today, when I step out people come to me and say good things about my character especially when my family is around. I simply feel superb.”
Raj further said, “When I got finalised for Tapu’s character, it was a big responsibility for me because I had to make sure that the audience’s attachment does not break with Tapu’s character. And I tried my best to give everything but it took almost a month to get that masti and then creating a bond with Daya, Jetha and Dadaji.”
Raj Anadkat has completed almost 100 episodes in the SAB TV sitcom. The actor has won over the audience and fans of Taarak Mehta over time.