The actor playing the role of Nattu Kaka in the popular sitcom Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah passed away due to cancer on October 3. He was 77 at the time of his death.
Ghanashyam Nayak was diagnosed with cancer in April this year when he noticed some spots on his neck. On scanning, it was revealed that he had cancer after which he underwent chemotherapy. The actor kept on assuring the fans that he is fine and will resume shooting in few months.
He had said, “I am absolutely fine and healthy. There’s no such big issue. In fact, viewers will get to see me in an episode of Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah tomorrow. It is a very special episode and I hope they will like my work again.”
He added, “The treatment is on and I hope I will be all good. It’s fine and I am going through the treatment and after tomorrow’s episode, I hope the shoot soon resumes in Mumbai and I get back to work. I am eagerly waiting to get back to work. I go through chemotherapy and it happens once a month. The doctor has told me I can work and there is no problem. I just want to spread positivity and tell everyone that I am doing fine.”
The veteran actor took his last breath at Mumbai’s Suchak Hospital at around 5:30 pm on Sunday. More information about his last rites is yet to be revealed.
Tarak Janubhai Mehta was an Indian columnist, humourist, writer and playwright who is best known for the column Duniya Ne Undha Chasma. He translated and adapted several comedies into Gujarati, and was a well-known figure in Gujarati theatre.
His humorous weekly column first appeared in Chitralekha in March 1971 and looked at contemporary issues from a different perspective. He published 80 books; three were based on the columns he wrote in the Gujarati newspaper Divya Bhaskar while the rest were compiled from the stories in Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah.