Harshad Joshi, the director of most popular comedy show in Indian television, ‘Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah’ is a perfectionist. Despite his exacting nature, Harshad is also a very easy-going person and a pleasant personality.
Produced under the banner of ‘Neela Telefilms’ by a distinguished producer, Asit Modi; ‘Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah’ is telecast everyday on SAB TV across the globe. This show went on-air on July 28, 2008.
The eminent director, and face behind the grand success of ‘Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah’, Harshad Joshi shares his views exclusively for the readers of Mitaan Express :
Why has the Taarak Mehta show gained huge popularity across the globe? What has made this show a successful sitcom?
Taarak Mehta…show has gained huge popularity in each and every country because in every episode, we communicate social messages in a humorous manner. We depict comedy in a lucid way. Which is way, our show is a grand success amongst adults as well as the kids. Our show’s viewership amongst young and old viewers is massive. Through Taarak Mehta…we have managed to strengthen a bond of emotions amongst Indians living across the globe.
As a director of this show, how do you deal with various actors while shooting to get their best performances?
Before shooting every scene, I study the script and its dialogues. If necessary, I add wit to make the scene more humorous. I discuss the script with actors and incorporate their inputs too in the dialogues. Also, I motivate my actors to deliver their best performance. I purse them to follow the motto: Play, Pray and Perform. The philosophy of our production house Neela Telefilms headed by veteran producer Mr Asit Modi is to encourage actors, directors, technicians and crew of Taarak Mehta…work as a united team. I am proud to be a part of nice and cordial unit.
How important is the quality of the script while shooting a comedy show like Taarak Mehta…? Do you as a director too contribute to the scripting of Taarak Mehta…?
The quality of final script written before shooting the scenes should be excellent and suitable for the messages to be delivered to the audience. Especially from a mega hit comedy show like Taarak Mehta…, the audience’s expectations are very high. We cannot afford even a minor error in the scripting process. Which is why, my involvement in scripting becomes very vital. Fortunately, we are blessed with eminent writers. I remain in constant touch with them. We exchange views and discuss various drafts, before finalizing the final script.
Many young readers of Mitaan Express wish to join Bollywood and Indian television industry as actors. What is your advice to these youngsters?
I urge youngsters to polish their linguistic skills as Bollywood is a Hindi film industry. These youngsters should be ready for a long struggle, as path to success isn’t full of roses. Aspiring actors should study their limitations too. Let me say this to them: “Don’t aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally”. My best wishes to them.