Did you know that the role of Jethalal in ‘TMKOC’ ‘Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah’ was first rejected by five actors from the TV, film industry, and then it was offered to Dilip Joshi?
Senior actor Dilip Joshi has been in the entertainment industry for a very long time. However, it was because of his character of Jethalal in the hit sitcom ‘Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah’ that he not only became a household but also one of the most loved actors on TV.
‘Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah’ is a show dearly loved by the audience and it is evident from its rating and the fact that it is the longest-running show on Television. All the stars on the show including Munmun Dutta, Jennifer Mistry, and even the ones who have quit such as Disha Vakani and Nidhi Bhanushali hold a special place in their fans’ hearts.
But did you know that the role of Jethalal was first offered to five actors from the TV and film industry and it was only after they rejected the role that Dilip Joshi landed the iconic role? Let us tell you about the five actors who declined to play Jethalal in ‘TMKOC’.
1. Kiku Sharda rejected Jethalal’s role in ‘TMKOC’
Kiku Sharda is best known for his portrayal of roles of Baccha Yadav and Palak in ‘The Kapil Sharma Show. As per several media reports, Kiku was offered the role of Jethalal but he refused as he didn’t want to commit to a full-fledged serial.
2. Ali Asgar rejected Jethalal’s role in ‘TMKOC’
Popular TV actor Ali Asgar who is fondly known as dadi for his character in ‘The Kapil Sharma Show’ was also offered Jethalal’s role. Ali, who has worked in serials such as Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii, Kutumb, Comedy Circus refused the role due to prior work commitments.
3. Rajpal Yadav rejected Jethalal’s role in ‘TMKOC’
Rajpal Yadav is considered to be one of the best comedians in Bollywood with his amazing comic timing and classic punches. He has featured in movies such as ‘Hungama’, ‘Phire Hera Pheri’ and ‘Chup Chup Ke. The actor was offered Jethalal’s role but he refused as he wanted to focus on his Bollywood career and not venture into TV.
4. Yogesh Tripathi rejected Jethalal’s role in ‘TMKOC’
Yogesh Tripathi, best known for his role of Daroga Happu Singh in ‘Bhabi Ji Ghar Par Hai!’ was offered the role of Jethalal but he refused to due to prior professional commitments.
5. Ahsaan Qureshi rejected Jethalal’s role in ‘TMKOC’
You might remember stand-up comedian Ahsaan Qureshi as a contestant on ‘The Great Indian Laughter Challenge. Ahsaan also declined the role of Jethalal in ‘Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah’