By Rishabh Naudiyal Last Updated:
Over the decades, the Indian television industry has produced a series of special daily soaps and shows that has entertained people for generations. However, some shows have become a part of people's lives, and it's impossible to imagine a time without watching them. One such daily soap is Sony SAB's iconic show, Taarak Mehta ka Ooltah Chashmah. It is the second-longest-running sitcom in Indian television history after another popular show, Pavitra Rishta. The sitcom is based on famous late columnist, Tarak Janubhai Mehta's weekly column by the title Duniya Ne Undha Chasma in the Chitralekha magazine.
The household show, Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah was aired for the first time on television on July 28, 2008, on Sony SAB. Since then, there has been no looking back for it, as the daily soap still continues to entertain people. Although the show comprises exceptionally talented actors and actresses, one actor has been the face of this sitcom right from the beginning. Yes! You guessed it right. We are talking about Dilip Joshi, who portrays the character of Jethalal Champaklal Gada in the show.
Dilip Joshi has become a household name across the nation with his portrayal of Jethalal Champaklal Gada. However, not many are aware of the fact that he had started his acting journey in the Hindi cinema with the film, Maine Pyar Kiya. In the iconic film, Dilip had portrayed the role of Ramu and had caught a lot of attention. After which, he had got the chance to work in some Gujarati and Hindi shows. However, undoubtedly, it is his performance in the show, Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah that has immortalised his character, Jethalal, in the audiences' hearts.
It's a fact that today, Dilip Joshi is one of the biggest names in Indian television history, but it is also a truth that he had worked tirelessly for decades to achieve this feat. Many people aren't aware that there was a time when Dilip Joshi used to earn Rs. 50 for a role. So, it's not an overnight success but a hardship of many years that has taken him to a point where he charges lakhs for one episode. So, without further ado, let's jump straight into Dilip Joshi's success story, which deserves to be heard!
The exceptionally-talented actor, Dilip Joshi is a professionally-trained theatre artist and it is one of the reasons why he has managed to entertain the audience with his one character in all these years. Despite playing the same character in more than 3,000 episodes, he always brings something fresh to the table for his viewers. Talking about Dilip's theatre journey, he had started working as an artist at the age of 12. After some time, he was promoted to a backstage artist in shows and used to earn Rs. 50 for a role in one play or show.
Dilip Joshi's character, Jethalal Champaklal Gada is undoubtedly the soul of the popular television show, Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah. Whether we talk about his hilarious expressions, comic timing or experimenting with his character arc, Jethalal is undoubtedly the most-loved character on the show. Moving forward towards the much-asked question, 'How much Dilip Joshi charges for one episode of Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah?'. Well, Dilip is one of the highest-paid actors in the show, and as per multiple reports, he earns around Rs. 1.5 lakh per episode.
There was a time when Dilip Joshi didn't have any work in his hands and was going through a major financial crunch. However, after a long wait, he had finally got a chance to play a small role in a daily soap, and when he had accepted it, he had received the offer to play either Champaklal Jayantilal Gada or Jethalal. Although, initially, Dilip Joshi had rejected the offer to work in Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah, as he was busy working on a show, which he had got after being unemployed for a year.
But after some months, the show in which Dilip Joshi was working was shut down, and the actor had contacted the show's producer, Asit Kumarr Modi, and told him that he would like to audition for the role of Jethalal Champaklal Gada. The show's makers had agreed, and the rest is history.
Talking about another much-asked question about Dilip Joshi and his net worth, it's important to mention that despite achieving so much success and money in his life, he is regarded as one of the most humble celebrities in the entertainment industry. In many events and multiple interviews, we have seen Dilip's co-stars heaping praises on him for keeping his humility intact, despite winning 15 awards for his work in Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah. Undoubtedly, the actor has achieved so much in his life that his journey looks more like a motivational film script.
According to multiple reports, Dilip Joshi's net worth is estimated to be around Rs. 43 crores. Apart from working in Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah, he had also made his return in films with Kunal Kemmu's Dhoondte Reh Jaaoge. Although the film was released on OTT, Dilip's return to the film business was much appreciated by his massive fanbase. As per multiple reports, Dilip Joshi also earns a lot from attending various events and functions as a special guest.
We hope Dilip Joshi continues to entertain us with his performance as Jethalal Gada in the show, Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah.