Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah has been successfully entertaining the audience since 2008. The sitcom aired on Sab TV will complete 13 years in the next few days. The show with an ensemble cast continues to rule hearts, thanks to all the actors. Among all other characters, Dilip Joshi's Jethalal stands out as the story primarily orbits around him and the problems that he encounters. But, did you know Rajpal Yadav was offered the role of Jethalal?
Rajpal, who is gearing up for the release of Hungama 2, told in an interview, "Nahi, nahi. Jethalal ka character ki pehchaan ek achche adakaar, ek achche kalakaar ke haathon hui aur main har kirdaar ko kisi kalakaar ka kirdaar maanta hoon. Humlog ek manoranjan ki market mein hai toh main kisi kalakaar ke kirdaar mein apne kirdaar ko fit nahi karna chahta. Toh mujhe aisa lagta hai ki jo bhi kirdaar bane, jo Rajpal ke liye bane, unko karne ka saubhagya mile, lekin kisi doosre kalakaar ke rachaye basaye kirdaar ko kabhi nibhaane ka mauka nahi mile."
Similarly, rumours were rife that Divyanka Tripathi was the initial choice for the character of Daya Gada. The actress denied it and said that though the show is popular and loved, she won't be keen on doing it.
Rajpal is known for his comic roles in Chup Chup Ke, Bhool Bhulaiyaa and many others. He will be seen in Hungama 2, Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 and Ardh.
(Source: Siddharth Kannan interview)