Updated: October 4, 2021 8:27:03 am
Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah’s Nattu Kaka aka actor Ghanshyam Nayak passed away on Sunday following a long battle with cancer. Producer Asit Kumarr Modi shared the news on Twitter, posting the actor’s photo and writing “Om Shanti” in Hindi.
Ghanshyam Nayak had more than 100 Gujarati and Hindi films to his credit. He starred in over 350 television shows. Besides Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah, he was known for his roles in shows like Khichdi and Sarabhai vs Sarabhai.
— Asit Kumarr Modi (@AsitKumarrModi) October 3, 2021
Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah creator Asit Kumarr Modi mourned the demise of Ghanshyam Nayak. In a statement, he said, “Ghanashyam Nayak (Nattu kaka) and I go a long way back and our families also were related. His passing away is a loss personally to me as well as for the show. Through the years, he kept motivating and encouraging me and, he himself was very happy with the role he was playing in the show. His absence will be felt by everyone and is a big loss for the entire team. We pay homage to a great actor and a great human being and our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this painful time.”
Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah director Malav Rajda shared her fond memories of Ghanshyam Nayak. She took to Instagram and wrote, “Ghanshyam bhai know you since i was a child wen u use to do plays with my dad…loved you then and loved you now..and 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…thank you for always showering ur love and blessings on me…you will be really missed a lot…love you natu kaka..”
JD Majethia posted on Instagram, “Late Shri Ghanshyam Naik, along with being Known as Natukaka (Tarak) Vithal kaka (Sarabhai), he was one of the very few and the senior most performer of Bhavai art form. He was the RANGLO, a comedian who performs in front of the curtain while sets are being changed behind it.It’s curtain down for the talent and a set back to the folk art form of Bhavani . Rest in peace Ghanu bhai . I was a big fan of RANGLO ❤️😇.”
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The 77-year-old was getting treated for cancer, however, his illness did not deter him from working. The actor had shared that his last wish was to die with makeup on.
Last year in September, the senior actor had developed a lump on his neck, for which he underwent successful surgery. Earlier this year, during a scan, Ghanshyam Nayak was diagnosed with some spots on his neck. Post which, he underwent chemotherapy. The actor’s son Vikas also told Spotboye that his father was doing well and needed to just visit the hospital for a session once a month.
“In April, we did a positron emission tomography scanning of his neck, in which some spots were found again. He did not have any discomfort or pain in any way but we did not want to take any risk and started his chemotherapy sessions again. He is completely fine. We take him to the hospital for the session just once a month. We will get a PET scan done again next month and I hope those spots are gone,” his son told Spotboye.
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