Narendra Modi launches Tarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah's coffee table book

Updated: Oct 22, 2019, 16:35 IST | mid-day online correspondent | Mumbai

The team of Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah was part of a huge Bollywood delegation that met PM Modi on Saturday

Narendra Modi with the cast and crew of Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah. Image courtesy: PR
Narendra Modi with the cast and crew of Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah. Image courtesy: PR

Recently, at an august gathering of personalities from the film and entertainment industry in New Delhi to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah's (TMKOC) Swachh Bharat Abhiyan Coffee Table book titled ‘Swachhata Hi Seva’. The book is created and compiled by show producers Neela Tele Films based on the several cleanliness campaigns and initiatives taken through its popular television show Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah over the last five years. The show has dedicated several episodes to promote the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan after the prime minister had given a call for it in 2014. Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah was the only Hindi television serial nominated by him for the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan on 2nd October 2014.

Narendra Modi appreciated Asit Kumarr Modi and team TMKOC's efforts towards the movement and congratulated them at the success of their initiatives after watching a special AV highlighting the influence of Gandhiji and his philosophy on the show along with few glimpses of the campaign towards a Clean India. He also personally handed over a signed copy of the Coffee Table book to Asit Kumarr Modi.

“Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah has been an ambassador of the Swachh Bharat campaign. Through the show, we raised awareness on the importance of cleanliness and Gandhiji’s thoughts and principles. Now, we have even made a coffee table book based on the campaign which was showcased during this meeting and was appreciated by everyone. Modiji and I share a very different equation as we both belong to Vadnagar in Gujarat. He calls me ‘beta’, and that makes me emotional,” says Mr. Asit Kumarr Modi, Creator of the show and, Founder and Managing Director of Neela Tele Film Private Limited.

As an extension to the efforts being made towards raising awareness on the subject, Asit Kumarr Modi launched a Swachhata Sainani Awards to make its audiences participate in the Clean India Movement. In the past, the team of Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah has also carried out major cleanliness drives at Juhu Beach post Ganpati Visarjan and at a slum in Goregaon, Mumbai.

Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah has been active in incorporating and promoting various Government initiatives and schemes including Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Pradhan Mantri Jan-Aushadhi Yojana, Armed Forces Flag Day Fund, Jal Shakti Abhiyan, Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana, International Yoga Day, and Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao to help spread awareness amongst the audience while entertaining them, with its unique storytelling.

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