TMKOC's 'OG Tapu' AKA, Bhavya Gandhi Is A Popular Gujarati Actor, Commentator And Travel Freak Now

Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah's 'OG Tapu', Bhavya Gandhi is no more a little kid. Instead, the 26-year-old actor has added many achievements to his list.


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TMKOC's 'OG Tapu' AKA, Bhavya Gandhi Is A Popular Gujarati Actor, Commentator And Travel Freak Now

Child actor, Bhavya Gandhi was once a household name with his stint in the popular comedy show, Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah. The 26-year-old actor played the role of 'Tipendra Jethalal Gada' aka 'Tapu' in the popular sitcom since its inception in 2008, before finally quitting it in 2017. In the same year, he made his debut with the Gujarati film, Pappa Tamne Nahi Samjaay. Later, he appeared in a few shows and films, including Bau Na Vichar, Shaadi Ke Siyape, Baap Kamaal Dikro Dhamaal, Fidget Spinner and others. 

When Bhavya Gandhi revealed the reason behind quitting the show, TMKOC

Bhavya Gandhi played the role of 'Tapu' (son of 'Jethalal' and 'Daya') for 9 years before he left the show in 2017. In an interview with ETimes TV, Bhavya opened up about the reason behind quitting the show. He mentioned that after working for 9 long years, the actor felt a monotony in his work. Thus, he left the show to pursue a career as a film actor. However, he also mentioned that the makers were ignoring his character in the show. In his words:

“Because at a point in Taarak, I was just doing something, which was just monotonous. I'm just doing something constantly, I was just coming there everyday, doing this, doing that and then pack up, chalo ghar, and that happened for a long time. I said this is monotony and didn't know how to handle it, I had no clue. I left Taarak to explore life, to see more, to understand more and understand myself more and art more, to know more actually.”

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Bhavya Gandhi's personal front

Born on June 20, 1997, Bhavya Gandhi hails from a Gujarati Jain family. Talking about his education, the actor has completed a Bachelor of Commerce. As per reports, he is the maternal cousin of Samay Shah, who was also seen in the popular show, Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah. Currently, Bhavya lives in Mumbai along with his mother, Yashoda Gandhi and elder brother, Nischit Gandhi. Unfortunately, he lost his father, Vinod Gandhi, who was a businessman, during the Covid-19 pandemic.

When Bhavya revealed his struggle to break the image of a child actor

In 2010, Gandhi also appeared in a film in the role of child lead, 'Suryakant' in the Hindi-language film, Striker. And with his extreme popularity with the serial, TMKOC, it was quite common that viewers got acquainted with his child actor roles. Thus, in a conversation with the Ahmedabad Times, Bhavya once spoke about the struggles, he had to go through. He mentioned that it was quite difficult to find acceptance as a lead actor and said:

“Finding acceptance as a grown-up male lead is still a massive struggle for most child actors, but as long as one is happy with one’s work, and where one is, the struggle doesn’t really matter. I don’t let people’s perceptions about my work bother me. I want to be the guy jisne sabko bachpan mein hasaya, jawani mein bhi hasaya aur budhape mein bhi hasaye ja raha hai. That is how I would like to be remembered.”

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Post TMKOC, Bhavya joined the Gujarati film industry

Despite hardships, Bhavya managed to enter the Gujarati film industry in 2017. After his debut film, he once again got the chance in a drama film, Baap Kamaal Dikro Dhamaal, in 2018, co-starring Dharmesh Vyas, Ragi Jani and Falguni Mistry. In 2019, he played the lead role in Gujarati film, Bau Na Vichar and in 2021, he appeared in the romantic movie, Tari Sathe. In 2022, he acted in the Gujarati comedy film, Kehvatlal Parivar. Finally, he is all set to appear in the Hindi film, Doctor Doctor

Bhavya Gandhi is a travel freak

Apart from being an actor, Bhavya also loves travelling worldwide. One look at his social media handles, and we can get an array of glimpses from Bhavya's vacations. From bike rides to scenic locations to enjoying the nature, Bhavya keeps updating his millions of fans with stunning glimpses. 

Bhavya Gandhi's other work ventures

The popular actor, Bhavya was also chosen as one of the ambassadors for the voter awareness campaign for the 2022 Assembly elections. He has participated in many activities, like encouraging youngsters to step out and vote by releasing songs, performing flash mobs and many more. Not only that, he recently also got a chance to do commentary on the IPL. He has entertained everyone, being one of the commentators in Gujarati for a match between Mumbai Indians and Gujarat Titans. And proof of the same is found on his IG handle.

Well, we are stunned to see the little 'Tapu' aka Bhavya, turned into a lead actor in Gujarati films, a travel freak, a commentator and many more. What about you? Let us know!

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