Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah is in the run for over 13 years on Indian television. The show has earned the status of perfect family timepass. We can easily call it the no.1 family show in current times. However, we will be speaking about the character of Champaklal aka Bapuji, unveiling how the original literature wasn’t that family-friendly.
For the unversed, Amit Bhatt essays the character of Champaklal in Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah. In the show, Bapuji is shown as a man of principle and one who never indulges in any morally wrong habits. Forget indulging, he’s so intolerant of alcohol consumption, smoking and other things that his son Jethalal and other members of Gokuldham Society are scared to even utter a word about having fun, ‘party sharty’.
On a contrary, in Duniya Ne Undha Chasma written by the late Taarak Mehta, upon which the show is based, the character of Champaklal is not so ‘sanskari’. Sounds shocking, isn’t it? Yes, Champakal’s character as per the original literature has an addiction to smoking. In fact, he’s a chain-smoker. He often smokes Bidi (a type of cigarette popular in rural India). Not just that, Bapuji even utters cuss words for his son.
Now, just imagine Bapuji smoking a cigarette or using bad words for Jethalal. Not at all suitable for family viewing!
As we all know, late legendary writer Taarak Mehta was known for his satires and presenting harsh realities in society. Keeping that in mind, Mehta’s original work is absolutely brilliant and it is still followed by many. However, adapting the literature as material for a television show was really a risky and tough job. It was mellowed down to a great extent and then served to the audience. Several changes were made to Mehta’s characters, making them suitable for family viewing. In adapting the great literature into Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah, producer Asit Kumarr Modi played a big role.
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