Gujarati actor Ghanshyam Nayak, best known for portraying the character of Natu Kaka in the sitcom Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah, passed away on Sunday, after battling cancer for several months.
As per reports, earlier in July, Ghanshyam had revealed that he was diagnosed with cancer and was under treatment. Months after he underwent surgery for the knots in his neck, Ghanshyam had to undergo chemotherapy after a test revealed new knots in his neck. The actor underwent surgery for the first time in 2020 after eight knots were found in his neck.
Earlier, a Hindi daily had quoted his son saying, "He is not facing any problem but we did not want to take risk. We just need to take papa to the hospital once a month for the sessions."
Ghanshyam was admitted to Suchak Hospital in Malad, sources informed.
After his chemotherapy, the actor had shot a special episode for Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah in Daman after a break of four months.
Recently, a lesser-known fact about Ghanshyam came to the limelight that will certainly shock his viewers.
Ghanshyam had signed to play some other character in the show and Natu’s character didn't exist then. However, following the suggestion of Dilip Joshi, Asit Kumar Modi added a humorous character of Natu and then Ghanshyam was locked for the character. The Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah actor himself had revealed this fact once while talking to Mayapuri Cut.
Ghanshyam is a well-known actor who had been a part of over 350 movies and serials. Ghanshyam, who became a household name with his humorous character of Natu Kaka in the sitcom, will certainly be missed and his popular lines from the show like, “Aapne Mujhse Kuch Kaha?” and “Sethji, Meri Pagaar Kab Badhaoge?” will not be heard anymore.