Bhagyesh Jha, president, Gujarat Sahitya Academy Gujarat has lost one of its tallest humourist in Taarak Mehta.
Taarak Mehta na Undha Chashma made him popular, both within and outside Gujarat.
He gave us a free hand, and was very happy with how the show turned out.
Sanjay Chhel, writer and director I’ve known Taarakji since the ’90s, when I directed one of his plays, a satire set in a newsroom, which perfectly captured his sense of humour. In fact, before he started writing his famous weekly column, Taarakji was well-known in Gujarati theatre circles for his adaptations of plays such as Ayn Rand’s Night of January 16th and Bernard Slade’s Same Time, Next Year.
I’d enjoyed his writing for a long time because of its simplicity and humour.