Updated: May 13, 2021 9:58:32 am
Bhavya Gandhi, the 23-year-old actor who played Tipendra Jethalal Gada aka Tapu in Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah until four years ago has lost his father, Vinod Gandhi, to Covid-19 on Tuesday. The actor confirmed the death of his father to indiaexpress.com on Wednesday morning.
Bhavya’s father had tested positive for the coronavirus a couple of weeks ago, and was fighting for his life for over 10 days at Mumbai’s Kokilaben Ambani Hospital, as per reports. Vinod Gandhi was a builder by profession. Bhavya’s mother, Yashoda Gandhi, spoke how the family has struggled in the last few weeks. She said Vinod got fever about a month ago and there was a slight infection in his lungs. After a few days of home isolation, they found out that the infection had doubled. “I wasn’t getting any hospital. Wherever I was calling they were asking me to register in BMC and when our number will come they will call me…I finally found a bed for him at a hospital in Dadar. Where he stayed for two days and then there also doctors told me that he needs an ICU and we don’t have for now. So, please shift him to another hospital after which I had at least made 500 calls searching for the ICU bed,” she told Spotboye.
He was admitted to another hospital. “Doctor asked us to arrange Remdesvir injection and I literally paid cost of 8 injections for 6 injections. After that they asked me to arrange ‘Toxin’ injection…I had to get it imported from Dubai and that too, using source and paying 1 lakh for a 45k injection,” she said. He was then admitted to Kokilaben hospital where he breathed his last.
On the work front, Bhavya who played Jethalal’s (played by Dilip Joshi) son left Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah in 2017 after working in the show as a child artist for eight years. After leaving the show, he has done a few Gujarati films like Papa Tamne Nahi Samjhay, Striker, Baap Kamaal Dikro Dhamaal and more. He also runs a podcast.
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