The programme, Tarak Mehta Ka Ulta Chashma, has been one of the most popular shows on television for almost a decade. Each character is well-defined, and the actors have played their roles so efficiently that the show and its characters have managed to maintain its place in the hearts of the audiences as they did when it all started. However, despite being tremendously popular, the show has had its share of secrets that very few people are aware of.

We have compiled a list of such interesting facts related to this show that not many of you know about. Let us take a look at some inside scoop.

1. Jetha Lal is older than Bapuji in real life

Amit Bhatt (Bapuji), who plays the role of Dillip Joshi’s (Jetha Lal) father in the show, is younger than his on-screen son.

Tarak Mehta facts - jetha lal with bapuji
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2. Daya bhabhi and Sunderlal are real life brother-sister

Daya (Disha Vakani) and Sunderlal (Mayur Vakani) who play on screen brother and sister are brother and sister in real life, too.

Daya bhabhi and Sunderlal are real life siblings
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3. Bhavya Gandhi is the highest-paid child artist

Bhavya Gandhi, who played the role of Tappu, was one of the highest-paid child artists in the Indian Television Industry charging Rs 10,000 per episode until he left the show after being a part of it for 8 years.

Bhavya Gandhi tarak mehta facts
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4. Bhide is an engineer

Mandar Chandwadkar, who plays the character of Atmaram Tukaram Bhide, is an engineer in real life besides being a great singer.

Mandar Chandwadkar aka bhide
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5. Popatlal is happily-married man and has three children

Shyam Pathak, who portrays the role of a ‘bachelor-forever’ Popatlal in the show, is actually a happily-married man in real life and has three children.

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Popatlal is happily-married and has three childrens
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6. Sunderlal is has an M.A. in Indian Culture and Diplomas in Sculpture and Drama, respectively

Mayur Vakani, who plays Sunderlal, is an artist in real life and has even contributed in the making of Gujarat’s ‘Jhanki’ that was carried in the procession on the Republic Day.

Mayur Vakani is an artist
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7. Iyer used to write Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah

Tanuj Mahashabde, who portrays the character of Iyer, initially started off as a writer on the show. However, it was only after a suggestion by Dilip Joshi that the producer decided to give him the role of Iyer. Although he is a Maharasthrian in real life and not a south-Indian, as portrayed on the show.

Tanuj Mahashabde Iyer
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8. Gogi and Tappu are cousins in real life

Gogi and Tappu, played by Samay Shah and Bhavya Gandhi, respectively, are real life cousins.

Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah facts Gogi and Tappu
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9. Jethalal has previously worked with Babita Jee

Dilip Joshi has already worked with Munmun Datta, who plays the role of Babita, in another show called Hum Sab Barati.

jethalal with babita jee
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10. Dilip Joshi was initially approached for the role of Champak Lal

However, he declined it and was later offered the role of Jetha Lal.

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11. The character of Nattu Kaka is played by Ghanshyam Nayak

He has to his credit 200 Gujarati and Hindi movies, more than 100 Gujarati stage shows and 350 Hindi TV serials.

Ghanshyam Nayak tarak mehta
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12. Babita Ji is youngest among the adult characters

Munmun Datta who joined the show when she was only 20. Eight years later, till date, she remains the youngest member among the adults.

Munmun Datta Babita jee facts
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13. While pursuing his B.Com, Dilip Joshi also won ‘Best Actor Award’ twice from the Indian National Theatre during his college days

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14. Disha Vakani aka Daya Ben has a Diploma in Drama and has done many Gujarati plays before she entered the TV industry

Disha Vakani facts
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15. Before claiming a permanent character on the show, Bagha, who works in Jetha’s shop, used to portray small roles in the show

He played a school teacher, an auto rickshaw and taxi driver and an informer in the same show.

Bagha tarak mehta
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16. Shailesh Lodha has four books to his credit, which makes him a writer in real life.

shailesh lodha tarak mehta
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17. Disha Vakani’s father has also made special appearances on the show

He has been seen playing Champaklal’s cousin and many other similar minor roles in quite a few episodes.

Disha Vakani aka Dayaben father Bhim Vakani
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18. Rita Shrivastav, who is portrayed by Priya Ahuja Rajda, is the real-life wife of show’s director Malav Rajda

Priya Ahuja Rajda
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19. Disha Vakani’s mother also made an appearance on the show in one of the episodes.

Disha Vakani mother
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20. Gogi’s on-screen name is Gurucharan Singh, which also happens to be Roshan’s real name.

Samay Shah with his reel life father Roshan Sodhi
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The popularity attained by this show makes any information related to the characters interesting. More so, people who watch a show on a regular get excessively familiar with the characters that their real lives are often treated as a big thing, a thing they can never get enough of! With so many interesting facts, we bet your perspective towards these characters must have changed a bit!

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