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Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah

Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah (English: Taarak Mehta's Different Perspective) is India's longest running sitcom serial.[2] It is produced by Neela Tele Films Private Limited. The show went on air on July 28, 2008. It airs from Monday to Friday on SAB TV. Reruns of the show started on Sony Pal on November 2, 2015.

Taarak Mehta ka ooltah Chashma
Promotional Poster
Created by
Based on ‘Duniya Ne Oondha Chashma’ by Taarak Mehta
Written by
  • Raju Odedra
  • Niren Bhatt
  • Jitendra Parmar
  • Abbas Hirapurwala
Directed by
  • Harshad Joshi
  • Malav Suresh Rajda
Starring see (list of characters)
Opening theme Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah
Country of origin India
Original language(s) Hindi
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 2,385 as of 19 January 2018
  • Neela Asit Modi

Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 20-22 minutes
Production company(s) Neela Tele Films
Distributor Neela Tele Films[1]
Original network SAB TV
Picture format
Original release 28 July 2008 (2008-07-28) – present
External links

The show is based on the column Duniya Ne Undha Chashma written by columnist and journalist Taarak Mehta for Gujarati weekly magazine Chitralekha. It is the longest running scripted show in India.


Plot summaryEdit

Gokuldham Society is a residential society in Powder Galli, Goregaon, Mumbai with three wings: A Wing, B Wing and C Wing. Although the society has more than 50 flats, the show revolves around the lives of eight families:

  • Jethalal Champaklal Gada, an electronics shop-owner from Kutch district, Gujarat, and his wife Daya, father Champaklal Jayantilal Gada and son Tipendra (Tapu). Residents of B Wing.
  • The narrator, Taarak Mehta, a column-writer and his wife Anjali, a disciplined dietician who are from Gujarat. Residents of B Wing.
  • The society's secretary, Aatmaram Tukaram Bhide, a home tutor from Ratnagiri, Maharashtra, his wife Madhavi, a business woman and daughter Sonalika (Sonu). Residents of A Wing.
  • Dr. Hansraj Hathi, the resident doctor from Uttar Pradesh, his wife Komal and son Gulabkumar (Goli). Residents of A Wing.
  • Roshan Singh Sodhi, a car mechanic from Amritsar, Punjab and his Parsi wife, also named Roshan and their son Gurucharan (Gogi). Residents of A Wing.
  • Krishnan Subramaniam Iyer, a Tamil scientist from Chennai, Tamil Nadu and his Bengali wife Babita from Kolkata, West Bengal. Residents of C Wing.
  • Popatlal Pandey, a newspaper journalist working for Toofan Express and from Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. Residents of C Wing.
  • Pinku, part of the Tapu sena and resides in A Wing.

There are also other recurring characters including Sundarlal (brother of Jethalal's wife Daya, from Ahmedabad, Gujarat)and his friends. Abdul, the shopkeeper of the provisions store located outside the society entrance, reporter Rita Shrivastav from 'Kal Tak' a news channel, Inspector Chalu Pandey, Asit Kumarr Modi as himself, Jethalal's shop assistants - Natwarlal Prabhashankar Udhaiwala (Natu Kaka) and his nephew Baagheshwar Dadu Udhaiwala (Baagha), who are often bent on doing the wrong job, and Baagha's fiancée Bawri Dhondulal Kanpuria.

The members of the society and other characters have a good psychological bond of love and sympathy for one another that makes them live like members of one family. They are often seen celebrating festivals and participating in events together. Although they are shown to live the lives of typical Indian families, the characters, more often than not Jethalal Gada, tend to find themselves in trouble, cropping up from routine activities that intensify in a comical manner.

The quirks of the individual characters seek to enhance the humour quotient of the show. Whatever the nature of the problem that a member of the society encounters, all the other members stand by them to extend every possible help. In an episode, the resolution of the problem that a character faces is usually followed by a moral message at the end by Taarak Mehta, which is meant for all the characters of the show as well as the viewers.

The Tapu SenaEdit

The Tapu Sena is a five-member group of children residing in Gokuldham Society: Tapu (the leader of Tapu Sena), Goli, Gogi, Pinku and Sonu. These children have played significant roles, providing a fun young tone to the show. Usually, the group becomes a nuisance for the other members of the society because of their mischief, while at other times, it draws praises from the members by doing something laudable. The society secretary, Atmaram Tukaram Bhide is especially annoyed with the Tapu Sena for playing cricket in the society compound as sometimes they break the window glasses, or just cause a problem as shown in some episodes. Since the beginning of the show, the Tapu Sena has, with their childlike activities, characterized the typical frolicsome Indian children. As the children grow up and mature, the stories are tailored to suit their ages.[3][4]


Former castEdit

  • Dilkhush Reporter as Roshan Kaur Roshan Singh Sodhi (2013–2016)
  • Laad Singh Maan as Sardar Roshan Singh Harjeet Singh Sodhi (2013–2014)
  • Jheel Mehta as Sonalika Aatmaram Bhide/Sonu (2008–2012)
  • Nirmal Soni as Dr. Hansraj Hathi (2008–2009)
  • Bhavya Gandhi as Tipendra Jethalal Gada (2008 – February 2017)

Production and promotionEdit

The major part of the shooting is done in Mumbai. However, some parts of the show have also been shot in places such as Gujarat, New Delhi, Goa and in foreign locations such as London, Brussels, Paris and Hong Kong.[5]

To celebrate Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah completing 1,000 episodes on 6 November 2012,[6] the director "decided to shoot the film on a different canvas as he does not want the audience to feel that they are watching yet another episode of the serial."[7]

In October 2013, Joshi and Vakani participated in a promotional event held in New Jersey at the Expo Center.[8]

In February 2015, Joshi, Vakani, and Lodha hosted the red carpet at the 60th Britannia Filmfare awards to promote the 'Clean India' campaign.[9]

Reception and impactEdit

In 2010, the show beat Balika Vadhu to become the most watched television programme in India. The show has constantly achieved high ratings throughout its run, irrespective of the Indian Premiere League. In the first week of 2017, the show stood in fourth position with 6,004 TVT ratings. In the fourth week, the show entered the top five and stood in fifth position with 6,059 TVT ratings. In March 2017, the show remained within the top five shows urban rural metrics. In the 25th week of 2017, the show stood at the top spot with 6,092 TVT ratings. In the 26th week of 2017, the show stood at third spot with 6,049 TVT ratings. It is the longest running scripted show on Indian television.In the 1st week of 2018 the show topped the trp chart with 6961 tvt ratings.[10][better source needed]

Polish Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Culture and National Heritage, Piotr Glinski visited the sets of Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah in February 2016.

Special episodesEdit


Indian Television Academy AwardsEdit

Year Category Recipient(s) Result
2008 Best Actress-Comedy Disha Vakani[11] Won
2009 Best Actress-Comedy[12] Won
Best Serial–Comedy[12] Neela Tele Films Private Limited Won
2010 Best Serial-Comedy[13] Won
2012 Best Actor-Comedy Dilip Joshi[14] Won
2013 The ITA Scroll Of Honour[15] Neela Tele Films Private Limited Won
2014 Best Actor-Comedy Dilip Joshi[16] Won
Best Actress-Comedy Disha Vakani[17] Won
2015 Best Show - Comedy Neela Tele Films Private Limited Won
2016 Best Serial- Comedy Neela Tele Films Private Limited Won

Indian Telly AwardsEdit

Year Category Recipient(s) Result
2009 Best Actor in a Comic Role (Male) Dilip Joshi[18] Won
Best Actor in a Comic Role (Female) Disha Vakani[18] Won
Best Sitcom[18] Neela Tele Films Private Limited Won
Best Sitcom Writer Raju Odedra and Rajan Upadhyay[18] Won
2010 Most Popular Actor in a Comic Role (Male) Dilip Joshi[19] Won
Most Popular Actor in a Comic Role (Female) Disha Vakani[19] Won
Most Popular Child Artist (Male) Bhavya Gandhi[19] Won
Best Sitcom[19] Neela Tele Films Private Limited Won
Best Sitcom Writer Raju Odedra and Rajan Upadhyay[19] Won
2012 Most Popular Actor in a Comic Role (Male) Dilip Joshi[20] Won
Best Actress in a Comic Role (Jury) Disha Vakani[20] Won
Best Sitcom[20] Neela Tele Films Private Limited Won
2013 Actress in a Comic Role (Jury) Disha Vakani[21] Won
Best Director (Sitcom) Harshad Joshi and Malav Rajda[21] Won
Most Popular Actor in a Comic Role Dilip Joshi[21] Won
Best Sitcom / Comedy Program[21] Neela Tele Films Private Limited Won

Star Guild AwardsEdit

Year Category Recipient(s) Result
2011 Best Actor in a Drama Series Dilip Joshi Won
2013 Best Comedy Series Neela Tele Films Private Limited Won

Other awardsEdit

Year Award Category Result
2011 Global Honours Best Actor in a Comic Role (Male)[22] Won


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  6. ^ Awaasthi, Kavita (24 October 2012). "Taarak Mehta... completes 1,000 episodes". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 6 April 2014. 
  7. ^ "Film version of Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah set to roll next year". DNA India. 20 November 2012. Retrieved 3 December 2012. 
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