Dilip Joshi (Jethalal) Wiki, Height, Age, Wife, Children, Family, Biography & More

Dilip Joshi is an Indian actor and theatre artist. He is known for playing the role of Jethalal Champaklal Gada in the SAB TV’s Hindi sitcom ‘Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah’ (2008).

Wiki/Biography

Dilip Joshi was born on Wednesday, 26 May 1965 (age 58 years; as of 2023) in Bhuleshwar, South Mumbai. According to various media sources, his date of birth is 26 May 1968. He hails from Gosa Village, Porbandar, Gujarat. His zodiac sign is Gemini. Upto class 10, he did his schooling at St. Sebastian Goan High School, Mumbai. He did his class 11 in science at Wilson College, Mumbai. However, he failed in class 12. He then changed his stream from science to commerce and completed his class 12 at Hinduja College of Commerce, Mumbai. Later, he did a Bachelor of Computer Application at Narsee Monjee College of Commerce and Economics, Mumbai.

A picture of Dilip Joshi during his younger days

A picture of Dilip Joshi during his younger days

Physical Appearance

Height (approx.): 5′ 5″

Hair Colour: Black

Eye Colour: Brown

Dilip Joshi

Family

He belongs to a Gujarati Brahmin Hindu family.

Parents & Siblings

His father’s name is Raman Joshi, and his mother’s name is Deepa Joshi. He has three elder siblings.

Dilip Joshi with his brother and mother

Dilip Joshi with his brother and mother

Wife & Children

In 1983, he got engaged to Jaymala Joshi. After around three years, the couple got married. The couple has a daughter named Niyati Joshi (content writer, businesswoman) and a son named Ritviq Joshi.

Dilip Joshi with his wife

Dilip Joshi with his wife

Dilip Joshi with his children

Dilip Joshi with his children

Autograph

Dilip Joshi's autograph

Dilip Joshi’s autograph

Career

Theatre

He started his career as a child theatre artist with the children’s play Aie Ranchhod Rangila. At the age of 12, he started performing with the theatre group Little Theatre Academy of Namdev Lahute. Later, he appeared in many Gujarati theatre plays such as Bapu Tame Kamaal Kari and Jalsa Karo Jayantilal (along with Disha Vakani). He has also performed at Prithvi Theatre, Mumbai.

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Dilip Joshi and Disha Vakani in a theatre play

Dilip Joshi and Disha Vakani in a theatre play

Film

Hindi

In 1987, Dilip made his Bollywood debut with the film ‘Pratighaat’ in which he played a small role.

Dilip Joshi's name in the credit list of the Hindi film Pratighaat

Dilip Joshi’s name in the credit list of the Hindi film Pratighaat

He then acted in many Hindi films including ‘Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!’ (1994), ‘Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani’ (2000), ‘Dil Hai Tumhaara’ (2002), ‘Firaaq’ (2002), and ‘What’s Your Raashee?’ (2009).

Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!

Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!

Gujarati

In 1992, he played the role of Hunshilal in his debut Gujarati film ‘Hun Hunshi Hunshilal.’

A still of Dilip Joshi from the Gujarati film Hun Hunshi Hunshilal

A still of Dilip Joshi from the Gujarati film Hun Hunshi Hunshilal

TV

Hindi

He made his television acting debut with the Doordarshan Hindi serial ‘Hum Panchhi Ek Daal Ke.’ He then appeared in various Hindi TV serials like ‘Zara Hatke Zara Bachke’ (1994; Zee TV), ‘Kabhi Yeh Kabhi Woh’ (1995; DD Metro), ‘Rishtey – The Love Stories’ (2001; Zee TV), ‘Hum Sab Baraati’ (2004; Zee TV), and ‘F.I.R.’ (2007; SAB).

A still of Dilip Joshi from the TV serial Zara Hatke

A still of Dilip Joshi from the TV serial Zara Hatke

In 2008, he came into the limelight for playing the role of Jethalal Champaklal Gada in the Hindi TV serial ‘Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah.’

Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah

Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah

Marathi

He acted in the 1997 Marathi TV serial ‘Kya Baat Hai’ which aired on Zee Marathi. He played the role of Rangaswami in the serial.

Other Work

Dilip has been featured in many TV commercials including Kayam Churan, N Mart Retails, Tirupati Tiles Adhesive, Hajmola, and Imperial Blue Rose.

 

Awards

For the TV serial Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah, he has received many awards including:

Indian Telly Awards

  • 2009: Best Actor in a Comic Role (Popular)
  • 2010: Most Popular Actor in a Comic Role
  • 2012: Most Popular Actor in a Comic Role
  • 2013: Best Actor in a Comic Role (Popular)
  • 2019: Best Actor in a Comic Role (Jury)
  • 2023: Fan Favourite Actor (Comedy)
    Dilip Joshi with his Indian Telly Award

    Dilip Joshi with his Indian Telly Award

Indian Television Academy Awards

  • 2012: Best Actor – Comedy
  • 2014: Best Actor – Comedy
  • 2021: Best Actor in a Comic Role (Popular)
  • 2022: Best Actor – Comedy TV
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Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards, India

  • 2013: Favourite Actor (TV)
  • 2017: Favourite Actor (TV)
  • 2018: Favourite Actor (TV)
  • 2019: Favourite Actor (TV)
  • 2021: Favourite Actor (TV)
  • 2022: Favourite Actor (TV)
  • 2023: Favourite Actor (TV)
    Dilip Joshi with his Nickelodeon Award

    Dilip Joshi with his Nickelodeon Award

Gold Awards

  • 2010: Best Comic Actor (Popular)
  • 2011: Best Comic Actor (Popular)
  • 2012: Best Comic Actor (Popular)
  • 2014: Best Actor in Comic Role (Male)
  • 2016: Best Actor in Comic Role (Male)
  • 2018: Best Actor – Comedy

Other Award(s)

  • 2011: Apsara Award for Best Actor in Drama Series
  • 2011: BIG Star Entertainment Award for Most Entertaining Actor
  • 2011: Lion Gold Award for favourite Actor in a Comic Role in a Television Serial
  • 2012: Sab Ke Anokhe Award
  • 2012: People’s Choice Award India for Best TV Actor – Comedy
    Dilip Joshi with his People's Choice Award

    Dilip Joshi with his People’s Choice Award

  • He has won the Indian National Theater Best Actor award twice.

Car Collection

Kia Motors

Dilip Joshi with his car

Dilip Joshi with his car

Note: In an interview, he shared he did not have luxury cars like the Audi Q7 as claimed by various media sources.

Salary/Fees

As of 2024, he earns around Rs 1.5 lakh per episode.

Net Worth   

As of 2024, his net worth is around Rs 43 crore.

Favourites

  • Music Band(s): Pink Floyd, Bee Gees
  • Food: Rotlo, Basi Rotla with Vagar in Chaas, Jalebi-Fafda, Yellow Daal
  • Cuisine(s): Chinese, Italian, Indian
  • Vegetable(s): Cauliflower, Methi Bhaji, Palak, Tendli
  • Tea Brand: Hasmukhrai Tea
  • Dessert: Chocolates with Almond
  • Spice: Jeera (cumin seeds)
  • Restaurant(s): Thakkars, Urban Tadka, Khyber, Mainland China, Naturals, Vinay Health Home, Souk, Trattoria (all in Mumbai)

Facts/Trivia

  • He once shared that as his father was a fan of the Indian actor Dilip Kumar, so he kept his name Dilip Joshi.
  • While he was in school, he won various inter-college acting competitions.
  • He used to love playing cricket in his younger days. He was a batsman at Young National Cricket Club in Mumbai.
  • While working in Prithvi Theatre, he used to earn Rs 50.
  • He follows a vegetarian diet. In an interview, he shared that after becoming a Satsangi, he stopped eating onion and garlic.
  • He started his travel agency in 1985, however, due to a lack of interest, he shut down his company in 1990.
  • He lost around 16 kgs in one and a half months for the Gujarati film ‘Hun Hunshi Hunshilal’ in 1992.
  • In 2007, he remained idle for a year as he did not have any acting projects. He then received an offer for the TV show ‘Comedy Circus,’ however, he rejected it as he did not like the show’s content. Within a few months, he got an offer of ‘Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah.’ In the beginning, he was not sure about playing Jethalal as the original magazine character was a slim man. However, within a few weeks, his character started gaining popularity in the serial.
    The comic character of Jethalal on which the Dilip Joshi's character in the TV serial Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashma is based

    The comic character of Jethalal on which Dilip Joshi’s character in the TV serial Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashma is based

  • He joined the Indian spiritual organisation named BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha in 2008.
  • Reportedly, he once fought with his onscreen son Raj Anadkat who played the role of Tappu in the serial. However, Dilip called it false news.
    Dilip Joshi and Raj Anadkat

    Dilip Joshi and Raj Anadkat

  • He is around seven years older than his onscreen father Amit Bhatt (Bapuji).
    Amit Bhatt and Dilip Joshi

    Amit Bhatt and Dilip Joshi

  • He is fond of eating jalebi-fafda which is similar to his onscreen character Jethalal.
    Dilip Joshi eating jalebi fafda

    Dilip Joshi eating jalebi fafda

  • In 2018, he campaigned for the BJP candidate Lalit Oswal in the Rajasthan Assembly elections.
  • He started his self-titled YouTube channel in 2021. He uploads his interviews and other work-related videos on his channel.
    Dilip Joshi's YouTube channel

    Dilip Joshi’s YouTube channel

  • He has a deep faith in god and regularly visits various religious places.
    Dilip Joshi with an idol of lord Ganesha

    Dilip Joshi with an idol of lord Ganesha

  • Whenever he is not shooting for his acting projects, he puts a red coloured tikka on his forehead.
    A picture of Dilip Joshi with a red tikka on his forehead

    A picture of Dilip Joshi with a red tikka on his forehead

  • In his spare time, he loves to travel, go on road trips, and listen to music.
    Dilip Joshi during his trip

    Dilip Joshi during his trip

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