Dilip Joshi may be a fan favorite as Jethalal in the sitcom Tarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashma, but Bollywood comedian Rajpal Yadav was once offered the role, which he turned down because he didn’t want to play a character already played by another actor.
In a recent interview with Siddharth Kanan, Yadav was asked if he regretted turning down the role, who is one of the most popular TV characters today.
Rajpal Yadav said, “Not at all. The character is played by a fantastic actor. I consider characters to be those of actors. So in this market of entertainment, I don’t want to fit my character into anyone else’s. I’ve never tried to imitate Charlie Chaplin’s characters.”
He added, “So, I wish I was lucky enough to play characters that were made for me. But I wouldn’t want the chance to play a character played and created by someone else.”
Rajpal Yadav will next be seen in filmmaker Priyadarshan’s Hungama 2, which will hit Disney Plus Hotstar on July 23.