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The Frustration of Watching 'Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah' Nowadays & The Makers Taking Viewers for Granted

Even though the practice of watching the show these days is a frustrating process, I try to be reasonable with what is exactly going wrong.


11 years. Certainly not a small amount of time span in any aspect. And it especially is not when it comes to running on a daily primetime slot for a continual period. That is a feat that Sab TV's flagship show, Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah has managed to achieve as it has not only completed all these years but in fact, continues to run stronger than ever.

As you would have assumed, there is a 'but' coming. But there have been several burning questions lately with the manner in which the show is running especially surrounding as to whether Disha Vakani aka Daya will return to the show or not.

I will address that but there a couple more concerns to talk about which includes how the show's overall quality has deteriorated more than ever and how it seems the makers are taking their viewers for granted. So, here we go-

A Trailblazer. A Game-Changer

Say what you may about the show right now but one cannot deny in any manner that the sitcom has revolutionized television viewing experience in India. Just like the west, India also faced the syndrome of preferring and appreciating drama shows over comedies but Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah decimated that belief on its arrival. It was no longer about watching high-voltage drama but about having a hearty laugh or at the very least a constant smile on the face with your family during dinner time. It is astonishingly fascinating to imagine that the show has managed to sustain that viewership for all these years.

Now a Habit

And as we talk about the viewership and how it has managed to sustain the same, the seemingly inevitable truth is how the show has now become a habit rather than a joyous viewing experience. It isn't surprising that the show has deteriorated with its quality over the years as it is understandable and even the biggest shows face that. But what makes a viewer still watch it nevertheless? A sheer habit. In several homes, 8:30 pm is usually dinner time and the fact that a decent show that occasionally makes one smile is running is a good habit to have for someone who has had a long day at work or otherwise. There's certainly nothing wrong with that and in fact, makes perfect sense.

Stretching Till It Waits To Be Torn

However, what do makers of a show that is running constantly and will do so ahead do to keep things interesting? Innovate. Apart from keeping your basics pretty much standard, the makers need to innovate now more than ever. Just because they haven't lost considerable viewership, the writers seem to have lost the will to bring in any novelty.

The Recent Tracks Are an Example

Some of the recent tracks in the show are hardcore examples of there is literally not an even attempt to keep things interesting. Be it the character of Inspector Chalu Pandey (Daya Shankar Pandey) being involved in nonsensical cases only to have a preposterous climax of the case later or how the tussle between Bhide (Mandar Chandwadkar) and Tapu Sena related to the latter playing in the compound continued to be used as a track over and over again. For the past couple of months or so, the makers have continued to resort to old topics and not bring any laughs either.

The Hullabaloo Over Disha Vakani's Return To The Show

Trying to be as reasonable as I can, it's understandable from the maker's point of view on why is there a delay on Disha Vakani returning. I don't mean I know the reason because none of us do. For whatever may be the reason, it must be important enough for them to now bring Vakani back as Daya in the show. But what is frustrating is that they are not even bringing anyone else. The saga about Vakani's return has been going on for over a year now and it has been almost two years since she left the show. In spite of there being several rumors about auditions going on for a new Daya to be cast, that also hasn't happened. By now, this has turn out to be a factor that is merely testing the patience of the ardent viewers. The worst part? In between the episodes for the last several months, the characters highlight the fact that Daya isn't there and how she is still roaming around going on different pilgrimages. Even though the audience buys into many of the wondrous things the makers show, they actually believe that the viewers will buy into this foolish reasoning. About time they get done with this saga at least.

Taking The Viewers For Granted

Ultimately, it seems that the makers of the show are taking their unfazed viewership and minimal feedback for granted. If that is the case, it is an unforgivable sin in the entertainment industry. The moment a showrunner begins to take its viewers for granted and not work on maintaining the quality, things go downhill. Maybe not immediately but gradually. Of course, even though the quality has been bad for so long now and still hasn't resulted in falling numbers; but that certainly doesn't mean it won't soon. What the makers need to do pronto is get done with the saga surrounding the return of the character of Daya - Vakani or anyone else. Just have it back in the mix. And while that happens, start focusing on the basics and work on nostalgia and old school humor.

What do you think about the same? Leave in your comments below.

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SamW92 5 months ago The thing I will complain about is that SAB TV always shows TMKUC and doesn't give the other shows repeats. Well definitely we can watch other shows offline. But still I think other SAB TV shows should get proper repeats.
Alpha_Ka_Gamma 5 months ago Perfectly written. TKMOC has just become a monotnous slow and super irritating show. Tracks are stretched for too long and with the whole circus roaming and ending up with pathetic climax. Makers have set themselves in comfort zone. Even Asit Modi is playing too safe and his cunning side is coming forward. He niether wants new Daya nor wants Disha to come back on her terms. He is just lingering over the damn issue. Same Festival celebrations that goes on for weeks. Random College tracks of Tappu Sonu Same Babita Jetha antics Same old Popatlal marriage never ending issues. Bagha Nattu doing same antics and so on. IT HIGH TIME VIEWERS STOP WATCHING THE SHOW AND DROP THEIR TRPS.
Bhagya65 5 months ago Disagree tbh. I find you are just focusing on one show. What about Most Indian TV serial they are mostly frustrating. But I get a vibe of groupisam tbh. I feel if the production house is powerful media all they do is praise them despite how disgusting the show is. But if production is not so rich then bashing. For eg Sasural simar ka was bad and even media bashed them but what about show like Naagin, KZK, KKB N KB which story revolve around the reputation track. Especially KZK which story is hell disgusting for new generation to accept. I mean article would have been appreciated if you would have discussed about most show but you only discussed about 1 so I cant support. Plus I find TV media are just for money shake..who dont actually discuss about the content and message spread to audiance. At time they claim show is for TRp audiance but by saying that they are claiming TRP audiance are fool too. After watching KZK my respect for TV industry is very low. All I get a vibe is do we care..aftersll they get is money, fame etc but lacks in acknowledging mistakes. Sad really. Good attempts of article but need to mention other show too then it could look valid argument.
sneha_17 5 months ago Why get frustrated, stop watching automatically TRP decreases then either makers find a better track or close down
TMKOC_MY 5 months ago Can this be any more true? commenting this while watching an old episode :D
Pixie98 5 months ago This is a very good and unbiased article from article writer or critic whom i appreciate personally and proffessionally for doing this. Asit kumar modi is just taking the viewers for granted. There might a day come that they show popatlal getting married but there would be a trp of something 0.9-1.1. This melodramatic so called inspirational tracks needs to be stopped NOW. A fresh year and new decade is on the way they should bring back the old tmkoc and freshness into the show. The dialogues are even Aastha channel type these days which sucks. This is not TMKOC at all.
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