MUMBAI: Veteran actor Ghanashyam Nayak, known for his role as Nattu Kaka in the popular sitcom Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah, passed away on Sunday after a long battle with cancer.
The actor, who was 77-year old, was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year. The news of Ghanshyam’s death was shared by Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah producer Asit Kumar Modi, who tweeted, “Our beloved Nattu Kaka is no more.”
Hamare pyaare #Natukaka @TMKOC_NTF hamare saath nahi rahe 🙏🏻 परम कृपालु परमेश्वर उन्हें अपने चरणो में स्थान दे और परम शांति दे 🙏🏻 उनके परिवार को ये दुःख सहन करने की शक्ति दे 🙏🏻 #नटुकाका हम आपको नहीं भूल सकते 🙏🏻 @TMKOC_NTF
— Asit Kumarr Modi (@AsitKumarrModi) October 3, 2021
Asit Kumar also wished for Ghanshyam’s family to have the strength to deal with the loss and said that Nattu Kaka will never be forgotten. Ghanshaym Nayak enjoyed a massive fanbase due to his prowess acting skills in TMKOC.
Tanmay Vekeria, who plays Bagga in Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah, told a leading daily, “I got the news first as his son called me at 5:45 pm. His condition failed to improve after his hospitalisation a few months back.”
“He passed away today at 5:30 pm. He was a gem and was closest to me. He tried his best to work again with us but his health did not permit. I am very saddened that he is gone,” the actor added.
TMKOC Director Malav Rajda paid an emotional tribute to Ghanshyam on Instagram, “Ghanshyam bhai know you since I was a child when you used to do plays with my dad. You will always be loved by everyone who knew you. Still have to come across such a jovial, lovable and a selfless man like you,” he wrote.
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Ghanshyam Nayak aka Nattu Kaka was extremely close to Dilip Joshi. In the show, he had his maximum scenes with Bagga (Tanmay Vekeria) and Dilip Joshi as they worked in Gada Electronics.
As the actor left for the heavenly abode, his fans took to social media and paid their tribute by sharing his old videos, pictures and snippets from his films and shows.
As he is suffering from cancer from last 1 Year…… !
We’ll Missed him and his Funny ,comedy episodes badly …
— Purvee Priya पूर्वी प्रिया (@PurveePriya) October 3, 2021