Asit Modi, the producer of Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah, has spoken about Ghanashyam Nayak’s absence from recent episodes as Natwarlal Prabhashankar Undhaiwala aka Natu kaka. He has also revealed Popatlal’s (Shyam Pathak) marriage track as well as Disha Vakani’s return as Dayaben.
“Natu kaka is a senior citizen who has recovered from his illness,” Asit told. Further added, “but due to the pandemic, I believe he should stay at home and follow safety protocols.” We’ll get him back on the show as soon as the situation improves. Popatlal’s marriage is also important, but it will have to wait in the current situation.” In September, Ghanashyam had neck surgery.
“I feel I should become Dayaben now! The question of her return has been going on for many years now. We are still waiting for her to come back and if she expresses her desire to quit, the show will go on with a new Daya. But, right now I don’t feel Daya’s return or Popatlal’s wedding is important. In the pandemic, there are more serious issues and I feel all those matters can wait, “ said Asit on speaking about the possibility of Disha’s return.
Since 2017, Disha has been on indefinite maternity leave. Malav Rajda, the director of Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah, recently received a fan request to cast a new actor as Dayaben on one of his Instagram posts.
Talking about the storyline and audience, he said that a section of the audience believed that the standard of Taarak Mehta had deteriorated over time. In response, the producer said that people are going through a difficult time and that it is becoming increasingly difficult for them to smile.
Asit commented, “I don’t think the show and its stories have degraded. People are under so much stress that they may not find these episodes funny but I am sure when they watch it after a few months, they would have a hearty laugh. Right now, everything is just too grim around us.”