Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah is one of India’s longest running television shows and is produced by Neela Tele Films. The first episode was aired on 28 July 2008 and airs from Monday to Friday on SAB TV. The show is based on the column, Duniya Ne Undha Chashma penned by Taarak Mehta for the Gujarati weekly magazine Chitralekha.
The television show follows day to day lives of resident living in the Gokuldham Co-operative Society located in Powder Gali, Goregaon East, Mumbai. The show main protagonist is Gada Family which consist of successful businessman Jethalal Champaklal Gada, his father Champaklal Jayantilal Gada, his wife Daya and their mischievous son Tipendra “Tapu” Gada who is all the leader of “Tapu Sena.”
The serial is a laugh riot as most of the episode’s viewers get to see Jethalal getting stuck in troubling situation and depends on his best friend Taarak Mehta get out of the situation and is termed “Fire Brigade” by Jethalal. Also, the resident lives in unity, celebrate their joys, sorrows, fights tough as one big family.
Gokuldham Society strength comes from his resident which consist of Aatmaram Tukaram Bhide, who is a Marathi; Dr. Hansraj Hathi, a Bihari overweight doctor; Krishnan Iyer, a scientist from Chennai though his wife is from Bengali; Roshan Singh Sodhi, A Punjabi but has a Parsi wife and a bachelor, Patrakaar Popatlal. Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah has entered the Limca Book of World Records by being the ‘Longest running comedy show’ on television.
The show has been helping spreading awareness about issues which are socially relevant to the nation. During their last episode which was aired focussed on spread awareness how to maintain basic hygiene and keep coronavirus outbreak in control. During the episode the other resident explain that it is better to avoid physical contact due to outbreak of coronavirus pandemic.
The viewers are waiting with eagerly to watch the new episode of the show which has been halted due to Covid- outbreak. Producer Asit Modi while interacting with Mumbai Mirror revealed that though the government has relaxed the norms and given the permission to start shooting once again but
COVID-19 cases in Mumbai are rising and one cannot take any risk. in recent times, numerous popular shows have started shooting again and are taking the makers are taking strict precautions to ensure safety of the cast as well as crews while shooting. But Asit said that they are not in any kind of hurry to commence the shooting new episodes. The producer was quoted saying, “We’re not in a race to see who resumes shooting first or who airs fresh episodes first. We have to ensure that everyone is safe. We’re discussing the way forward on video calls with the team. If we start and the guidelines change, it will impact the shoot. So, all I can say right now is that we will return to work soon.”
The producer was quoted saying, “We’re not in a race to see who resumes shooting first or who airs fresh episodes first. We have to ensure that everyone is safe. We’re discussing the way forward on video calls with the team. If we start and the guidelines change, it will impact the shoot. So, all I can say right now is that we will return to work soon.”
The show popularity hasn’t diminished even during the lockdown as it has been next most-watched after Ramayan and Mahabharat when Sab TV aired the old episodes. As per guidelines set by the government only certain number of individuals can be present while shooting of the episodes. But this is not possible in case of Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah, as the number of cast members alone is a lot that which makes it difficult for the producers to meet the restriction guidelines.