Popular Gujarati humourist Taarak Mehta died here aged 88 on Wednesday morning after a prolonged illness.
A string of politicians, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, condoled his demise and expressed gratitude towards him for bringing a smile to their face with his works.
The Padma Shri awardee’s popular works include “Duniya Ne Undha Chasma”, which inspired the hit Hindi sitcom “Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah”.
Reminiscing about one of his meetings with Mehta, Modi said: “I have had the privilege of meeting Mehta several times. I also got a chance to meet him when he was honoured with Padma Shri. His work reflects unity in diversity in India.”
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani tweeted: “Saddened by the death of Tarak Mehta — humourist and columnist. He always brought smile to our faces. My condolences to family members.”
Minister of State for Road, Transport, Highway and Shipping Mansukh Mandaviya tweeted: “He who made us laugh, is no more amongst us! Saddened to know the demise of Shri Tarak Mehta. Characters penned by him will live forever.”