Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah: ‘I try to avoid political campaigning as it is really exhausting, but sometimes I can’t say no,’ says Dilip Joshi

Dilip Joshi aka Jethalal from Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah is one popular actor. He has been a part of the show for 12 long years now. His popularity is also used by politicians and he has been a part of campaigning. On Sorabh Pant’s podcast, when he was asked about his experience, he said that he tries to avoid.

He said, “Normally I have done road shows. That too I try to avoid because it is really exhausting. Sometimes you get requests you can’t say no to and you have to do it. It is really tiring. People are pulling you. Someone is putting a haar on you, samjh nahin aata kya ho raha hai.”

The actor also narrated and incident in from 2014. He said, “I remember we had once gone to Banaras in 2014 to campaign for Modi saab. We were 4-5 people in the jeep from Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah. The local guy in the jeep with us got so excited that he was introducing us on loudspeaker. We all were waving hands to people. He introduced Sodhi as ‘Yeh hain woh jo jeep chalate hain’. In the show, he has a jeep. So that was his reference point.”

On the podcast, Dilip also came down heavily on OTT shows for excessive use of expletives. He said, “If you want to show reality, then also show people going to the toilet and taking a bath. What you cater to the audience, matters. What you see, remains with you. Do you want to create a society in which people talk only using abusive language? There is a limit for everything. If it is within limit, it is enjoyable. If it goes beyond limit, it starts troubling you.”

He also seemed against imitating the West. He stated, “I can understand that you need to change with time and evolve. Lekin kya gaali dena aage badhna hai? Whatever is happening in the West, you want to do that here. The West is looking at the culture of the East. Our culture and traditions are the oldest. We have so many amazing things in our culture and without knowing that, you have to blindly follow the West. In their culture, they use the F word a lot and so it doesn’t seem unnatural in their shows and content. It’s not that here. Do you talk to your parents like that?”

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