Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah producer Asit Modi on Disha Vakani aka Dayaben: We are on good terms; I have family relations with her


Asit Kumarr Modi, the producer of one of the longest running shows of the small screen, Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah, recently interacted with the media about the new entry, Sachin Shroff, who has replaced Sailesh Lodha.

During his interaction, the maker opened up about Sachin’s casting, Sailesh Lodha’s exit from the show, Daya Ben’s comeback and his association with Disha Vakani. Asit Modi stated that he is very attached to his actors and gets emotional when they leave the show.

“I am very emotionally attached to my actors, technicians and staff and whenever someone leaves, I get emotional. I feel that someone from my family has left the house and gone away and I start thinking why that person must have left. It becomes very difficult for me to accept the reality. In life there are situations when you can’t expect from people. We all have been part of the show and been together for 13-14 years now. Sailesh ji was also with us for 13-14 years and he is still part of my family. He also had a role and contribution in Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah’s journey. I wish him all the best, I understand everyone has their own priorities and needs. The TMKOC team is like a train and we compartments and this journey someone gets on board and sometimes someone gets on the next station. I just hope we keep entertaining people like always in future also,” he said.

Asit is all praise for Sachin Shroff and is sure he will soon viewers hearts, he said, “Sachin does his job very well, his smile is very innocent and I felt he’s the right casting for Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah. I have full faith in him that he will play the role of Taarak Mehta very well. We met him and chatted a lot and understood his viewpoints and I feel he’s the correct choice. I don’t want to upset my audience and whatever I am today is because of my audience. When they praise me, it motivates me, I also take their criticism very seriously and try to work over it. I am confident that Sachin ji will work on his character and put in all the hard work required.”

Talking about one of the most anticipated comeback on TMKOC of Dayaben, Asit Modi shared, “I understand there are few changes that need to be made as far as the show is concerned. Daya Bhabhi has been one character which the audience has not been able to forget. The character has been missing from the show since the last 4-5 years, but they still miss her on the show and want her back. But we have to understand that Disha Vakani, who played Daya Bhabhi, has new responsibilities, I respect her a lot. During COVID times I waited for her to return and I am still waiting and praying that God does some miracle and she returns to the show. But now she is married, has two kids and has her family’s responsibilities on her shoulders. She is focusing on her personal life at present. Like an audience, I even want to see her back on the show, but if she doesn’t return, I promise you we will get a new Daya Bhabhi. We have made changes in the storyline also wherein Jethalal vows to not drink water and eat food, toh phir Jethalal ka kya hoga, we have to get Daya Bhabhi, because Jethalal ke bagair kuch nahi hoga. If we need to make changes, we will do it and bring new characters as well because the show has been running for the last 15 years, so change is inevitable.”

Asit, who is the producer of this longest running sitcom shared that he still has family relations with Disha Vakani and there is absolutely no bad blood between them, “Disha Vakani has lived the character, just think about her. We don’t have any grudges against each other or bad blood. We have family relations with each other and her family. I think even she must be wanting to return to the character which she has developed. But after marriage and baby sometimes priorities change for people. She is doing what she loves to do. If she is willing to come we will be more than happy, but if she doesn’t return we will cast someone else. We will bring a new Daya Bhabhi,” he said.

He also went on to explain that people feel that they are purposely delaying Popatlal’s wedding and Dayaben’s comeback, but the truth is such big moments require right planning and execution, “People keep writing to us to do changes and bring back characters, but it is a daily show, we need to focus on stories as well. Everything takes time because casting the right actor plays an important role. We are not delaying it purposely, we need to find people who can give commitment to us. It shouldn’t happen that we cast someone and then he or she is not able to live up to the expectations. Such important changes require a lot of planning and execution,” he concluded.

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