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Legendary writer Taarak Mehta dies at 87

Taarak Mehta

Ahmedabad: Taarak Mehta, the renowned Gujarati columnist, humorist, writer and playwright passed away in the early hours on Wednesday.

The 87-year old columnist wrote “Duniya Ne Undha Chasma”, which inspired the hit television show “Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah”. The show became a household favourite because of its witty take on every day, ordinary issue.

He died of age sources said. He was honoured with Padma Shri in 2015. Prime Minister Narendra Modi remembered him in a series of tweets and wrote: “Taark Mehta never gave up on writing satire. I had the fortune to meet Mr Mehta many times including when he was give the Padma Shri Award. Taarak Mehta’s plays capture the theme of unity in diversity in India.”

 

He has also authored plays like “Aa Duniya Panjarapole”, “Action Replay (half)”, “Albelun America Vanthelun America”, “Champaklal Tapuni Jugalbandhi” and “Betaj Batali Baj Popatlal Taraj”.

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