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Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah fame, Ghanshyam Nayak, best known for his on-screen role of 'Nattu Kaka', passed away on October 3, 2021. The 77-year-old Gujarati actor was battling cancer for the past one year and was on chemotherapy. His family performed his last rites on October 4, 2021, and the entire cast and crew of Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah, from Munmun Dutta to Dilip Joshi attended the funeral teary-eyed.
According to reports, the late actor, Ghanshyam Nayak once shared his last wish with his friend, Mr Ghoda. Days before his death, he had said that he wanted to be cremated with his makeup on and stay committed to his work till his last breath. However, the youngest member of the popular show, Samay Shah aka 'Gogi' revealed that 'Nattu Kaka’s' son fulfilled his last wish for him.
Samay Shah shared a warm bond with Ghanshyam Nayak and spent a lot of time with him on the sets. In an interview with ETimes TV, Samay Shah shared that he loved Nattu Kaka's company as the latter always entertained him. He also recalled his evening walks with Ghanshyam Nayak during breaks, the time spent with him and revealed how the late actor's son fulfilled his last wish.
Talking about the same, Samay said, "He will always be missed. He was an amazing person. I remember how we would go on a walk during breaks from our shoots. Whenever we did not have scenes especially during the nighttime, we would go for a walk in Film City. I used to enjoy his company. He would tell us stories about his life. He shared the struggles he faced in life and how had to work for Rs 2, Rs 5 and so on. Sometimes around 2 am-3 am we would just take a walk and share stories about ghost, angels. He always entertained us. He was a very passionate person and he had only one desire in life that he would like to die with makeup on. His son fulfilled his wish and called a makeup person to do it."
The late actor has been a part of the show, Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah, since the beginning and has also worked in some of the biggest Hindi films as well as Gujarati theatre and movies. Samay has also stated that Ghanshyam Nayak was passionate about his work and has been an inspiration to many.
Talking about the same, he shared, "He was a part of some of the biggest films like Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. So whenever Salman Khan sir or Shah Rukh Khan sir would visit the sets of Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah, they would know him and meet him very warmly. He was addressed majorly as Ranglo by people in the industry because of a hit character that he essayed in one of the Gujarati plays. He was famous for that and he would often share stories from those days. He had such a great body of work, I feel I am too small to talk about it."
In the same interview, Samay further added, "I have learnt to be passionate about my work from him. His passion for work was an inspiration. The entire cast is shattered. Nattu kaka was the eldest and I was the youngest in the Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah family. He was an amazing person and we will miss him a lot. I pray for his soul and I hope he is in a better place now."
Samay also talked about Ghanshyam Nayak aka 'Nattu Kaka’s' condition during his last few days and said that he was in severe pain and did not wish to meet anyone. Samay recalled, "I was in touch with him on and off. The last meeting with him was when we celebrated his birthday in Daman. It was the last day when I met him. I so wanted to click a picture with him and I regret it couldn’t happen that day. I also wanted to meet him when he was hospitalised. We had also contacted his son when we learnt that his health was deteriorating. We were discussing meeting him, but then we got to know that he did not want to meet anyone because he was in immense pain. It is very unfortunate."
May Ghanshyam Nayak's departed soul rest in peace!