Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah actor Dilip Joshi criticized OTT platforms for promoting bad language. Applauding some of the work done on streaming that is ‘mind-blowing’, he said that the use of foul words feels odd in an Indian setting.
In an appearance on comedian Sourabh Pant’s YouTube podcast, the actor said, “On OTT platforms, we can see some mind-blowing work. There are some great performances. But I feel that there are a lot of expletives used when they are not necessary.”
Dilip went on to address some of the works by Raj Kapoor, Hrishikesh Mukherjee, and Shyam Benegal and praised their films. Dilip mentioned that he liked Bandish Bandits, a web series that recently aired on Amazon Prime.
He added, “If you want to show reality, they also show people going to the toilet and taking a bath. What you cater to the audience, matters. What you see, remains with you. Do you want to create a society in which people talk only using abusive language? There is a limit to everything. If it is within the limit, it is enjoyable. If it goes beyond the limit, it starts troubling you.”
He continues, “I can understand that you need to change with time and evolve. Lekin kya gaali dena aage badhna hai (Does using bad language mean progress)? Whatever is happening in the West, you want to do that here. The west is looking at the culture of the east. Our culture and traditions are the oldest. We have so many amazing things in our culture and without knowing that, you have to blindly follow the West. In their culture, they use the F-word a lot and so it doesn’t seem unnatural in their shows and content. It’s not that here. Do you talk to your parents like that?”
On the podcast, Dilip had also confessed that due to the pressure of putting up a daily show, the quality of Taarak Mehta… has also seemed to drop. He had said, “When you focus on quantity, the quality does suffer somewhere. Initially, it was a weekly show and the writers had a lot of time. With four episodes being shot per month, they had a gap of a month to write the next four episodes.”