Sitcom Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah which became a household name is a very popular show that offers something positive and different from the saas-bahu saga, which was a hit trend then and even today.
Each and every character suits their role and we can’t deny but praise the producer and casting director for choosing these amazing and talented actors. But the crew faced difficulty while casting the right characters especially for the role of Jethalal.
TMKOC Producer Asit Modi approached several other actors to play Jethalal on Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah before Dilip Joshi finally came on board. As per the site, Asit first reached Yogesh Tripathi to essay the part of Jethalal in TMKOC. The actor, who is known for his part in Happu Singh, reportedly flatly refused to play Jethalal at that time.
Then he asked comedian-actor Rajpal Yadav for this role, but he also refused it. As per the portal, Rajpal refused to play in Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah; he wanted to focus more on his film career and hence wouldn’t be able to appear on TV.
After these two, Asit Modi then approached comedian Ahsan Qureshi but he also rejected the role at that time. Adding to the long list, comedian Kiku Sharda was also approached to play Jethalal, but he too rejected this role. After some time, Dilip Joshi who played small characters in movies and serials was searching for permanent work and when Modi came to know about Joshi being at home and without work for a year, he offered him the role of Jethalal. This is how Dilip Joshi aka Jethalal joined the board of Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah.
He found the script interesting and got excited to play the role of Jethalal. Now we can’t even imagine replacing Jethalal with anyone. It not only changed the life of Dilip Joshi but also added a lot of entertainment in the lives of his and the show’s fans.