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Eight years down the line, ‘Mr & Mrs Iyer’ still going strong


BHOPAL : ‘Mr & Mrs Iyer’, the favourite couple of the Gokuldham Society of a popular, eight-year-old show, ‘Tarak Mehta Ka Ulta Chashma’ were in city of lakes along with the producer Asit Modi on Tuesday.

The show is aired Monday through Friday at 8:30 pm on SAB TV.

Talking to media persons at a city hotel, the reel life couple shared their experiences.

“There is a very popular saying that ‘Langoor Ko Milee Hoor’ and it is fit for my character in the show because I’m average looking whereas my wife Babita is very beautiful”, said Tanuj Mahashabde, who is essaying the role of a south Indian character Mr. Iyer.

Elaborating on his role, he further said, “I like my role but I didn’t work very hard on it. Everyone asked me from where I had learnt how to tie ‘lungi’ in typical south Indian style. “Mein thehra Brahman, dhoti pahnta hoon to lungi kya cheez hai…..”.

Speaking about his relations with MP, Mahashabde says, “I hail from Dewas and I have old ties with MP. During my college days, I acted in street plays in Bhopal. So, Bhopal hamesha hamare dil mein basta hai (Bhopal lives in my hearts always) because my acting career started from here only. “

“The producer of the show gets regular calls from audience demanding that the show be made into a film. And due their demand, the producer may give it the shape of movie after completion of 2000 episodes,” said Munmun Dutta who is playing the role of Mr. Iyer’s wife Babita. She further adds that “We work with  different actors both on and off stage. Some of the artists are very senior to us but there are no ego clashes. We enjoy a lot on the set.”

Speaking about his acting journey she said, “It has been full of struggles but very thrilling too. I don’t have a film background. When you come of age, then you realise how thrilling and adventurous your journey was. In the future, if I get a role in any movie I will go for it. It doesn’t matter I’ll do lead role, for me only matter here I keep getting work.”

“The concept of society is very popular in Mumbai. There are big societies and small chawl here and I got the idea of the show from a chawl of Mumbai only where I saw people living together happily,” said Asit Modi.

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