It is indeed no secret that actor Neha Mehta has quit her 12 year stint in Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah where she played the role of Anjali Mehta. Even though the exact reason of Neha quitting hasn't been known as of yet but her quotes suggested about maintaining 'dignity' apart from being nothing but thankful to the producer and to her co-actors.
Nevertheless, we also know that actor Sunayana Fozdar has become the one who has replaced Mehta in the show and has even started shooting for it.
Replacing someone who has been a fan favorite in as big a show that is Taarak Mehta.. is indeed a challenge and the actor opened up on the same in an interview with IWMbuzz. She said, “I and my family have always watched the show. I am very excited to join the cast. It all happened overnight hence, it’s yet to sink in. Having said that, I want to focus on work and give my best.”
On if she is feeling the pressure, she said, “Obviously, there is. I would be lying if I say that there is no pressure. 12 years is a long time and people are watching the character every day on their screens. Having said that producer and director have been very chilled out and they have made me feel extra conformable. I want to thank Asit sir for this opportunity. Taarak aka Sailesh ji has also been very sweet. The pressure is in my head as I hope the audience accepts me. They have a special corner for Neha and she has been fabulous for 12 years as Anjali. It is not easy to stick around for so long. She was amazing and people love her so much, I hope to receive the same love.”
Talking about what she will be doing with the character, she said, “I would be keeping the basics of the character intact. I won’t change the thinking of the character. Having said that, I am not going to mimic Neha but get in my own flavour. I want to become Anjali for the audiences.” Interestingly, Fozdar reunited with actor Raj Anadkat where they worked together in Ek Rishta Saajhedaari ka on Sony TV. On the same she said, “Raj who plays the role of Tappu was with me in TV show Ek Rishta Sajhedaari Ka. I was playing his Bhabhi in the show. I have not met him on set as of now as we have not had our shoot together. We had a good bond there. Otherwise, also, the cast of Taarak cast has also been very welcoming. They came and spoke to me and made me conformable.”
Talking about her favourite character in the show, she says, “Dayaben and Jethaa Lal has been favourite of a lot of people. Daya ben has been very cute and funny.”
In conclusion, she said, “I want fans to support me. I would request them to be kind to me. Honestly, I don’t want to get into her (Neha) shoes but I want to get a new pair of shoes and I hope audiences accept that. I won’t be able to be exactly like Neha but I will do my best. My main motto is to entertain audiences and I will do that for sure. I just want them to give me a chance.”