Asit Modi reveals the secret behind ‘Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltaah Chashmah’s’ popularity

Asit Modi reveals the secret behind ‘Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltaah Chashmah’s’ popularity

Producer-writer Asit Modi of Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltaah Chashmah reveals how much hard work goes into making viewers laugh

There are very few comedy sitcoms as compared to television serials that deliver bucketfuls of tears. And of those, Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah is one show that can boast of a huge fan following and a long list of loyal viewers. And why not! After all, the show is based on the simple day-to-day affairs of the residents of Gokuldhaam society in Mumbai – and that, many people can relate to. With each episode, the serial on SAB TV captures one issue relevant to most housing societies, and adds a funny twist.

TMKOC gives the impression of being a light, happy-go-lucky, spontaneous show. But a lot of hard work goes into making it the way you see it today. The show is based on a compilation of Gujarati newspaper columns written 20 years ago by Taarak Mehta. But unlike the present context of a suburban housing society, the articles were written about a chaawl in Mumbai. The essence, of course, has been retained. “There are certain guidelines we have to stick to and we try and retain the original expressions that go with the current trend,” says producer-writer Asit Modi.

TMKOC completed 800 episodes on February 6, 2012, and is still going strong. But then there’s a reason for that. The secret lies in the story behind each episode, the concept or issue being talked of. How does producer Asit Modi keep the flow of fresh ideas going? “I have a team who keeps doing research and surveys to keep in touch with what the audience wants. Because in the end, the audience is our God,” Modi says. “We study each story very closely before launching it.”

While TMKOC is a delight to watch, why aren’t there more shows like it on TV today? Offering an explanation, Asit says, “Comedy is a specialised job. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea. When people come to watch comedy they come with certain expectations. They want to be amused. If not, they get bored,” he explains. He believes that there are very few people in India who can actually make comedy shows, but also feels that the numbers might increase if talented people are given a chance. “Only if new channels come ahead and make shows will new writers be encouraged to specialise,” he insists.

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  • mayur panchal

    hu tamari t.v. sereal ma kam karava magu chhu jo mara luck kam karta hase to i m mayur 46 year old ahmedabad married nano role hase toy chalse pls

  • gayatri

    i love this show very very much. thanks for making such a wonderful show.hope the show touches more heights of success.

  • Nanjee gahlot

    Me is show me kam karna chahta hun. Muje kam bhavy ke sath unki tappu sena me karna hai iske liye me meri zindgi ko samprit kar chuka hun.

  • maheshbhai

    please bring back original mr.roshan singh sodhi and mrs. roshan singh sodhi unke bina serial me maza nahi aa raha

  • nirali

    Please please back to old mr.& mrs rosan sodhi

    Agar apko show hit karna ho toh….

  • Rajendra Karnik

    I appreciate your social attachement and keeping the society awake against various odds, could you please allow one day watching your shooting to the most interior tribal students who have hardly seen any train. If you permit we could manage for 25 students.

  • kumar

    asit bhai namskar please ek baar to daya babhi ki mataji ke Darshan karwa do jetha bhai Ne 2 baar to dekha 1 shadi ke waqt aur 2 baar jab tapu hua tha tab are lekin humne to ek baar bhi nahi dekha hi ab jab mataji ko samaanit hone ke liye jab Mumbai award lene ke liye bulaya gaya hai to humein u meed hai ki 6 saalo mein ab to darshan hone chiye 2 week to ho chuke hai aaj date 2 December 2014 ho chuke hai tmkoc ko mujhe tak pata hai aur mein 2008 se ab tak har episode de Kate aaya hoon saath mein mere puri family dekh ti hui aayi hai verse to aapke serial mein bagha aur bawari ke love story ki koi jaroori nahi thi use jayda jarooi popat lal ki shadi,daya babhi ki mataji, aur pinku ke parent’s jayda jaroori the aur serial ki trp bhi sab tv ka top 1 one hai bagwan se dua karte hai tmkoc hajro hajro episode bante jaye lekin in kuch hu mari aapse nivedan arji hai ki aap ye saab puri karege ab par sab daya bhbhi ki mataji ko dekne ke liye utsuk hai isliye humein aap par pura barosa hai ab umeed hai ki jaldi is week and a hum mataji ke Darshan ho jyege jetha bhai Ne to 1 lakh ka har banwakar sasu maa ke liye tyar karwa rakh a hai aur gokul dham mein sabhi intazar kar rahai hai agar daya babhi ki mataji nahi aayi to unki bhi sari tyari bekar ho jayegi is liye mataji ko ab liya ye warna jetha bhai ka jwala muki footpadega ab hu mara nivedan swikar kar lijiye nahi to logo jo itna darhko jo itna pyar aur viswas toot jayega is liye aapko asit bhai please mataji airport ke liye chori chupke nikal gai hai aur jetha bhai badk gaye hai unki itne saalo ki icha aduri rha gai hai aur hu mari bhi isliye asit bhai airport na pahuche use phale aap pahuche aur daya babhi ki mataji ko lekar gokul dham Pauch jye aur jetha bhai ko surprise dede jetha bhai aur society aur hum saab kush hojege aur serial ke liye bagawan se fir dua karte hai ki tmkoc saalo sal chalta rhe ho sake to asit bhai ise jaldi read kare dua mein hum darshko ko bhi yaad karna. …………

    • nishad sultana

      sahi baath hai hum bhi daya ki mataji se milene hai aur popatlal ki shaadi karvake aur majasdar episode baniaa aur ya ranjeeth jasa drama math kijeya aur koshise kijeya ki ji ke aab gokuldam ka har kona dikaea please asit bhai mere bhai meri dua qubool kijeya please……………………………………………..