Actor Yashpal Sharma has left light-hearted TV show 'Neeli Chatri Waale' after his contract ended. 'Sarabhai vs Sarabhai' actor Rajesh Kumar, who played Rosesh Sarabhai in the hit comedy show, is now stepping into his shoes.

Rajesh Kumar replaces Yashpal Sharma in 'Neeli Chatri Waale'
Rajesh Kumar (left) will step into the shoes of Yashpal Sharma in 'Neeli Chatri Waale'

Sharma, 48, who has an equally successful career in Bollywood with his performance-oriented roles in 'Gangaajal', 'Lagaan' and 'Manjunath', said he has mixed feelings on leaving the show.

"I had signed up for a certain number of episodes when we started off and have completed my end of the contract. I am happy to have explored working in the television space but somewhere within, I have begun to miss films and theatre and would like to focus on that," Sharma, who played protagonist on the slice-of-life show, said in a statement.

"It is a challenge for me to step into veteran actor Yashpal Sharma's shoes. The show, with its differentiated theme of man in conversation with God has struck a chord with the audience. I hope that I will be able to do complete justice with my new role and will not disappoint mine and Yashpal ji's fans," Rajesh Kumar, 39, said.

'Neeli Chatri Waale' is loosely based on Akshay Kumar-starrer satirical comedy-drama 'OMG - Oh My God'.