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Dilip Joshi Birthday Special: Unknown facts about ‘Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah’s Jethalal Gada

There are very few actors who are known by their screen name rather than their real name and Dilip Joshi is one of them. You may remember him by his on-screen character’s name Jethalal and that in itself explains the kind of popularity he enjoys for playing one of the lead roles in ‘Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah‘.

Though Dilip has been a part of several shows and films but he is absolutely loved for his role in the Indian television’s longest-running sitcom ‘Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah'(TMKOC). Over the last 12 years, the show has entertained the viewers and so has Jethalal aka Dilip. As the actor is celebrating his 52nd birthday today here we bring you some of the most intriguing and unknown facts about him.

Check out some of the most interesting and unknown facts about Dilip Joshi aka Jethalal

Born into a Gujarati Brahmin family in Porbandar, the acting bug bit Dilip while doing B.Com where he was awarded the INT (Indian National Theater) Best Actor award twice.

Dilip started his acting career in 1989 playing the character of Ramu in Salman Khan‘s all-time hit film ‘Maine Pyar Kiya’.

And not just ‘Maine Pyar Kiya’, Dilip has also worked with Salman in his another hit film ‘Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!.

The actor has also featured in several other popular films like ‘One 2 Ka 4’, ‘Khiladi 420’, ‘Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani’, and ‘What’s Your Raashee?’ among others. Overall he has around 14 films to his credit.

Apart from ‘Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah’, Dilip has starred in other notable shows like in Hindi like ‘Kora Kagaz’, ‘Kabhi Yeh Kabhi Woh’, ‘Hum Sab Ek Hain’, ‘Shubh Mangal Savadhan’, ‘Kya Baat Hai’, ‘Daal Mein Kala’ and ‘Meri Biwi Wonderful’ to name a few.

Before bagging ‘TMKOC’, Dilip was struggling a lot at the professional front. Though the actor is loved for his portrayal of Jethalal, reportedly, he was first offered the role of Jethalal’s father Champaklal Gada. Obviously he refused that offer and the rest, as they say, is history.

In Indian television, a comedy show running for 12 consecutive years is a rare feat. And in all these years, Dilip has given his heart and soul to play the character of Jethalal. That in itself is a huge achievement.

Apart from television and films, the actor has also featured in several Gujarati dramas. We must say he is a terrific actor excelling in all the mediums of Entertainment.

And for his role in ‘TMKOC’, Joshi has been bagging the ‘Best Actor in Comic Role’ award for the most part of the last 12 years.

Such the craze of Dilip, that once two minors left their home in Rajasthan and travelled all the way to Mumbai just to meet their favourite idol Jethalal.

On the personal front, Dilip is married to Jaymala. The couple has a daughter Niyati and son Rithwik.

We wish the supremely talented actor a very Happy Birthday and a rocking year ahead.

Also Read: ‘Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah’ completes 11 years of broadcasting


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