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Shyam Pathak

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Shyam Pathak
Born (1976-06-06) 6 June 1976 (age 43)
Gujarat, India
OccupationComedian, Actor
Years active2008–present
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Spouse(s)Reshami Pathak

Shyam Pathak is a television actor and currently plays the role of Popatlal Pandey on the popular comedy show Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah on SAB TV. Popatlal is a news reporter in the Newspaper named Toofan Express. In the comedy show, Patrakar Popatlal Pandey is looking for a wife from starting of the show.

Personal life

He hails from a simple middle class family. His wife's name is Reshami who was also his classmate at the National School of Drama. They have one daughter named Niyati and two sons named Parth and Shivam.[1]


On the insistence of his mother he studied and cleared the level-1 (Foundation) and level-2 (Intermediate) exams of the chartered accountancy course of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He also completed his 3 years practical training ie. the articleship. However, this was not something that interested him. Hence, he dropped out of CA at the final level and he subsequently joined the National School of Drama where he also met his wife, Reshami. In many public forums it has been wrongly claimed that he completed the CA course. Rather, he choose to drop out of it after getting selected in the NSD in first attempt and the same was confirmed by himself at the annual CA Conference held on 20 January 2019 at the Sri Ram College of Commerce, New Delhi.


He has been part of the comedy show Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah which airs on the SAB TV channel. He plays the role of Patrakar Popatlal, an ageing bachelor who works as a crime reporter for a newspaper called "Toofan Express".[2] His constant efforts to find a bride for himself results in funny situations on the show.[3] He is cynical in nature and always carries an umbrella with him.

He was part of the show Sukh By Chance where he played the character of Dheeraj Mehta. The show originally aired on Sony TV between 10 November 2009 – 13 May 2010.[4][5]

He played the part of Rajendra Jayantilaal Joshi a.k.a. Raju in the show Jasuben Jayantilaal Joshi Ki Joint Family which aired on NDTV Imagine between 21 January 2008 – 28 March 2009.[6]

and now he works for Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah


  1. ^ "OMG: कुंवारे नहीं है पत्रकार पोपटलाल, यह है उनकी असली पत्‍नी" [Meet Tarak Mehta Ka ulta Chashma's Popatlal Real Life Wife]. Zee News. 31 March 2018. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  2. ^ About Popatlal's character
  3. ^ "TAARAK MEHTA KA OOLTAH CHASHMAH: Popatlal to get marrandied! – Bollywood News & Gossip, Movie Reviews, Trailers & Videos at". Retrieved 14 April 2014.
  4. ^ Sukh by Chance article on Times of India
  5. ^ Sukh by Chance article on Indian Express
  6. ^ About the show Jasuben Jayantilaal Joshi Ki Joint Family
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