Why did Rajpal Yadav turn down role of Jethalal from TMKOC?

Jethalal from TV sitcom Tarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashma today stands as one of the most popular characters of a light-hearted daily soap.

Why did Rajpal Yadav turn down role of Jethalal from TMKOC?
For the uninformed, the cast and crew of Tarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashma are back on the floor. (Photo credit: rajpalofficial @Twitter | Screengrab @YouTube)

New Delhi: Sure, Dilip Joshi fits best as Jethalal but did you know that the role of Jethalal was also offered to Rajpal Yadav? Yes, popular B-wood comedian, Yadav too was offered the role of Jethalal for the popular sitcom Tarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashma. Turning down the offer completely, Yadav said he did not want to play a character already established by another actor. Yadav is famous for his roles in Bollywood comedies like Hungama, Chup chup Ke and Bhul Bhulaiyaa. The actor will be next seen in the Priyadarshan directorial titled Hungama 2. The comedy sequel to Hungama will premiere on Disney Plus Hotstar on July 23, 2021.

In a recent interview with media personality Siddharth Kanan, Yadav was asked if he regretted rejecting the role. Answering the question, he said, “Not at all. The character is being played by a fantastic actor. I view characters as those belonging to actors. So, in this market of entertainment, I don’t want to fit my character in someone else’s. I have never tried to mimic Charlie Chaplin’s characters.”

Jethalal from the television sitcom Tarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashma today stands as one of the most popular characters of a light-hearted daily soap. Adding to his statement, Yadav also said that he wishes to play characters tailored specifically for him. “So, I wish I remain fortunate enough to play characters that are made for me. But I wouldn’t want an opportunity to play a character, performed and created by someone else,” said the 50-year-old actor.

For the uninformed, the cast and crew of Tarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashma are back on the floor. The makers and actors are all geared up and shooting again but with restrictions due to the ongoing pandemic of COVID-19. The team for TMKOC have booked a resort in Silvassa in order to shoot fresh episodes.

Talking to a leading daily recently, TMKOC producer Asit Kumarr Modi shared that everyone is cheerful enough to be back in Gokuldham society and added that it feels good to be home. “As per the new SOP, we can only shoot for limited hours, unlike the usual 12-hour shift. Given it’s a daily, it is tough, however, as they say, the show must go on. We have to create content for our audience what may come, and their love is what keeps us going,” said Modi.