There are several iconic characters on Indian television who have come to become household names and forever etched in our hearts. One such character is Daroga Happu Singh portrayed by Yogesh Tripathi from the show Happu Ki Ultan Paltan on &TV.
The first time, he made his appearance on-screen as funny potbellied, corrupt Daroga in Bhabi Ji Ghar Par Hai, brought smiles and laughter to the audience. The character was an instant hit and went to become an audience favourite which led Yogesh to bag his own show Happu Ki Ultan Paltan exploring the other side of his character away from his Daroga duties to his family and entire paltan.
While playing comedy may seem easy, there is a lot more that goes into the making of the favourite iconic character. It took the actor a couple of struggling years to finally find his place in the huge television industry. While dabbling between two popular shows and working long hours the actor became fluent in speaking Bundelkhandi.
Apart from this, his striking unique look is marked by his signature potbelly, which is obviously a fake flab added to complete his character. The actor very recently opened about the true inspiration behind this character and the person who helped him add various nuances to this character, which is Yogesh’s theatre teacher.
The actor Yogesh Tripathi recently revealed, “Happu’s character is the highlight of my acting career and I have absolutely loved playing it. Although it is a big task to shoot long hours wearing a fake flab, the amount of love and admiration that I have received makes up for it. Not many know that during my theatre days, I had a teacher named Premchand Ji, who bore quite a few similarities to the character of Happu – especially his potbelly, and the typical mannerisms.
“I never thought then that I would be portraying a somewhat similar character down the years. So, when I got the opportunity to portray Happu, I did refer to him as an inspiration to bring alive a certain portion of the character’s mannerisms. Although Premchand Ji is not here with us anymore, I have kept him alive through my character.”