The makers of Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah have found their new Sonu in Palak Sidhwani. The character was earlier played Nidhi Bhanushali who had quit the show in February to pursue higher studies. Jinal Jain was also in the running for the role, but ultimately Palak Sidhwani bagged the role. As per reports, she has already started shooting for the show and will make her entry by next week.
When Palak was asked about the same, she told TOI, ''I haven’t got any confirmation from the makers. I did a mock shoot day before yesterday and I am waiting for the revert."
Nidhi replaced Jheel Mehta as Sonu in 2012 and won hearts with her performance. Nidhi made her television debut with Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah and was part of it for more than 6 years.
Talking about Nidhi’s exit from the show, the report has quoted a source as saying, “She is pursuing her BA from Mithibai College (Mumbai) and is quite a studious person. Now she wants to shape her career with education and wants to devote more time to finish her graduation. Although, the production house was ready to give her more time to study and less shoot hours but it is difficult for the actress to manage work and studies together. Hence, she is quitting the show.”
Meanwhile, the search for a new Dayaben continues more than a year after Disha Vakani’s exit from the show post the birth of her daughter. Disha went on a maternity leave in September, 2017 and is now a full-time mother to her daughter, Stuti Padia.