Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah is one of the most popular shows. It completed 3000 episodes recently and has been going on since 12 long years. But while the audiences love the show, the makers and the artists have to put in a lot of effort and have to also sacrifice many things.
Dilip Joshi aka Jethalal was on Sorabh Pant’s YouTube show recently along with Sumeet Raghavan. Dilip spoke about the sacrifices they have to make for the show. He said, “In a daily soap, we have a 12-hour shift. And the shift also changes. Like one day, we have morning 7 to evening 6. In the night shift, we have 7 in the evening to 6 in the morning. So you have to sacrifice your social and family life a lot.”
He went on to say, “If you do simple math, there are 20 episodes in a month and to shoot one episode, it takes one and a half day. So if you want to get 20 episodes, you have to shoot 30 days by default. Now, you will get leaves only if you are not required in a scene. Again, how much will the writers write? It’s not like they are writing for 4-5 days in advance. Humara next day ka patta, shaam ko khulta hai. So you can’t plan anything in advance. It’s like a house arrest. You have to forget everything else and concentrate on the show. It’s like you have taken a sanyaas from all other things. I can’t decide if I want to plan a holiday 3-4 months in advance. You don’t know what the shooting situation would be at that time.”
The actor said that the situation has improved now. “After 12 years, things have become better now. The max leave you can take is of 2 weeks. That too, if you shoot your episodes in advance. So you make a lot of sacrifices. You have to remain sane and work and make sure that you don’t go off track, stay true to your character and not lose your energy. People love to enjoy the 20 minute episodes but there is a lot going on behind the scenes.”
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