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Shailesh Lodha Aka Taarak Mehta Recalls His Childhood & How He Began His Career

Shailesh Lodha aka Taarak Mehta speaks about his childhood and how he decided to become a presenter and artist.

Actor and writer Shailesh Lodha is best known for portraying Taarak Mehta in the Hindi sitcom in ‘Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah’. While people have grown up watching him on TV screens every night, there’s not much known about his personal life. The actor keeps his personal life away from the limelight and barely speaks about it. However, he recently opened up about his childhood and how he decided to become a presenter.

Crediting his parents for his success, he said, “I would like to thank my parents that they never stopped me from doing things I wanted.”

Shailesh was born in a small village of Rajasthan. Speaking about his childhood, he said, “I feel that I was born with love for writing. When I held the pen for the first time, I started drawing cartoons. I belong to a very small village. And it’s so small that you may not even find it on the Indian map. My parents used to go out to work. And I had to stay home alone after coming back from school. We had a lot of magazines at home and I always used to read them. One day I fell sick. I picked up the pen and started writing. This incident dates back to September 1980. I wrote poetry that day and then narrated them to my father. I was just 11 years old. After listening to my write-up, my father praised me. Around that time, Akhil Bhartiya Kavi Samelan was happening in a village about 38 km away from ours. My father and I went there on our scooter. A crowd of 25,000 people was gathered at that event and I narrated my poems. And when those 25,000 people clapped for me, I realised that this is my life. That’s when I decided to be a presenter.”

After being associated with TMKOC for 14 years, the actor quit the show. He will now be seen hosting a new poetry-based show titled ‘Waah Bhai Waah’.

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